Brits Ban 'Burn a Koran' Preacher

Terry Jones' presence 'not conducive to UK public good'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2011 3:22 AM CST
Jones said he had not been planning to break any laws while in Britain.    (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – Controversial Florida preacher Terry Jones is persona non grata in the United Kingdom. British authorities say Jones—who made headlines around the world last year with his plan for International Burn a Koran Day—has been banned from entering the country because the government "opposes extremism in all its forms," the BBC reports.

The preacher had been invited to address a rally organized by right-wing group England Is Ours, and to attend protests against mosque construction. "Numerous comments made by Pastor Jones are evidence of his unacceptable behavior," said a government spokesman. "Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right, and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good."

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