So the UK is taking a stand against extreme right wing shock jocks by banning them from the country. They also will not allow terrorists, Neo-Nazis and former KKK members in country either. Yesterday, British Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith made public her list of people banned from entering the UK because of their extremist views and/or deplorable behavior. On the list is an American radio talk show host named Michael Savage. I'd never heard of him, but apparently he has the third largest radio audience in the United States thanks to his unrepentant stance towards being a very ugly American. I heard a clip of his show this morning where he basically advocated for deportation of all Muslims.
Jacqui Smith said this about her decision to include Savage on her list of banned individuals, "[Savage is] someone who has fallen into the category of fomenting hatred, of such extreme views and expressing them in such a way that it is actually likely to cause inter-community tension or even violence if that person were allowed into the country."
In response, Savage plans to sue Britain for defamation. And of course the issue of free speech starts cropping up in the discussion too.
Now I'm going to say something here which may get me in trouble with my First Amendment friends, which is, Rock on UK. I'm glad they are taking a stand. I am glad they are able to say we don't want those kind of people in our country. Of course there is a slippery slope to be wary of if one person is in charge of defining morality. But come on people, why can't somebody take a stand and say, 'you're disgusting opinions and disdain for the the diversity of the human experience has no place in our country.'
I wish we could ban these people too. Or at least exile them to a small island where they wouldn't have to deal with colored folks or people who worship a different God, or who speak a different language. Is that an option?
What do you think? Is the UK wrong for banning Michael Savage from entering their country? To read more about the situation, check out this article from The Independent. Then tell me what you think.