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U.K. Considers Banning 'Burn-A-Koran' Pastor Terry Jones From Country


"Pastor Terry Jones has been on my radar for a few months now."

Britain is considering banning Florida pastor Terry Jones, best known for threatening to burn the Koran this fall, from entering the country to share his thoughts on Islam.

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May told Sky News in London on Sunday that she's considering the ban because of Jones's views on Islam and Muslim extremism. Jones intends to preach at a February 5 event for the English Defense League (EDL) and will speak "against the evils and destructiveness of Islam."

May spoke about Jones's visit to London's Sky News on Sunday: "Pastor Terry Jones has been on my radar for a few months now. It wasn't clear that he was definitely coming to the UK but if it is now clear that he's definitely coming to the UK, then of course this is a case that I will be actively looking at."

Activists across Europe have been calling on the government to ban Jones from the country. The group Hope Not Hate says Jones should be barred because "only extremists will benefit from his visit."

"As we have tried to relay many times, we are by no means against Muslims," May told Sky. "What we are against is Sharia law and Muslims not willing to submit to the constitution."

And while Sky reports EDL events have degenerated into violence in the past, Jones says he has no intention of that happening.

"I would by no means advocate something that would cause a riot or disturbance," he said.

According to the Guardian, the Home Secretary can bar someone from entering if he threatens national security or the safety of British citizens, or promotes terrorism. However, any decision to deny entry could be overturned by an immigration tribunal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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