LONDON - The British government has banned two American bloggers notorious for their rhetoric against Muslims and their religion from entering the European country.
I welcome the home secretary's ban on Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from entering the country, Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the BBC News Online.
This is the right decision.
The UK should never become a stage for inflammatory speakers who promote hate."
Geller and Spencer, who are notorious for attacks against Muslims and Islam, were scheduled to visit Britain to speak at a planned march by the far-right English Defence League.
The march, planned by EDL to mark Armed Forces Day on June 29, will end in Woolwich, south east London, where a British soldier was murdered.
But their visit has prompted calls for the government to ban the entry of the Islamophobic bloggers to avoid fueling tension in the country.
Individuals whose presence "is not conducive to the public good" could be excluded by the home secretary, a government spokesman said.
"We condemn all those whose behaviors and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form."
Geller has led many campaigns against Muslims since plans to build a mosque near the 9/11 site in New York.
She also runs "Stop Islamization of America, a group referred to as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Law Poverty Center.
The pair are infamously known for their anti-Islam subway posters in New York which read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
Britons said the government ban of the anti-Muslim bloggers would help promote community cohesion.
"These two are among some of the most extreme anti-Muslim activists in the world. They've nothing to contribute to life in this country, Matthew Collins, a researcher with the anti-fascism campaign Hope Not Hate, told the BBC.
"They're not here to contribute to good community relations. They only wanted to come here and help the EDL stir up more trouble.
Britain doesn't need more hate even just for a few days."
Tension has been on the rise in Britain since the machete killing of an army soldier in Woolwich last month.
The killing has sparked a spate of attacks against Muslims and their worship places in Britain, which is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.
Earlier this month, three Muslim worshippers were stabbed after the night prayers in Birmingham.
A fire also gutted the Darul Uloom Islamic school in Foxbury Avenue in south-east London two weeks ago, a blaze described by the police as suspicious.It came after a suspected arson attack on an Islamic centre in north London Initials of the EDL was found scrawled on the side of that building.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net