Largest UK Muslim Group Fighting to Ban Franklin Graham from Preaching There
The largest Islamic organization in Britain is urging the government to ban evangelist Franklin Graham,
who is scheduled to appear at an event in the country later this month.
Newsweek reports the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the umbrella organization for hundreds of
Islamic groups, has supported the calls from three members of parliament and members of the public
to deny Graham a visa for spreading what the organization calls “hate speech.”
The “hate speech” they refer to is Graham’s preaching against Islam as “evil” and as a “religion of war.”
Blackpool, located in northwest England, on Sept. 21.
On the website Jihad Watch, writer Robert Spencer asks “Would anyone be calling for the banning of
Graham from the UK if he had called Christianity ‘evil’?”
The MCB in a statement to The Guardian said: “In the past, the government has banned individuals
whom they claim are ‘not conducive to the public good’. Mr. Graham’s remarks are on record and
clearly, demonstrate a hatred for Muslims and other minorities.
“We would expect the government to apply its criteria here. If it does not, it will send a clear message
that it is not consistent in challenging all forms of bigotry.”
Spencer says the British government is already inconsistent.
“It bans foes of jihad terror and critics of Islam while letting in jihadis,” he wrote. “The Home Office
recently banned Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone, Lauren Southern and Lutz Bachmann from entering,
all for the crime of opposing jihad terror and Sharia oppression, and thereby made it clear that it is
more authoritarian and unwilling to uphold the freedom of speech than ever – at least when it comes to
criticism of Islam, Muslim rape gangs, and mass Muslim migration.”
Spencer writes he and Pamela Geller were banned from entering Britain five years ago for telling the
truth about Islam and jihad.
“Just days after Geller and I were banned, the British government admitted Saudi Sheikh Mohammed
al-Arefe. Al-Arefe has said: ‘Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to
smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly,
an honor for the believer,'” he wrote. “Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be
unable to prepare to fight.”
“And Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri’s preaching of hatred and jihad violence was so hardline that he was
banned from preaching in Pakistan, but the UK Home Office welcomed him into Britain,” he continued.
Spencer also writes that the UK Home Office also admitted letting Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the
country despite the fact that he had said: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five
things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to
death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth –
a combination of the above.”
He also points out that Prime Minister Theresa May’s government allowed two jihadi preachers into
the country, and one of them was even greeted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. At the same time, the
British government banned three Christian bishops from Iraq and Syria from entering the country even
though they were facing persecution back at home.
“So if the British government is consistent in this case, it will ban Graham and let in a few jihadis,”