The gravely voiced curmudgeon of the air waves, Michael Savage (real name: Michael Alan Weiner), along with 21 others, has been placed on a list of unwanted “global extremists” by the British government’s Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. This means that they will not be able to gain legal entry into England — not, at least, until they clean up their acts.
In the case of Savage, the most well known public figure of the lot, he has been charged with:
“engaging in unacceptable behavior by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.”
That may have some truth to it! Savage has been quoted as saying things like “the Koran is a book of hate” (which it is, along with many other religious texts such as the Christian Old Testament); he called a gay caller to his radio show a “sodomite” and told him to “get aids and die” (that one is on video — you can see and hear it HERE along with several other Michael Savage vids where he engages in his brand of “extreme Opinion”.)
So one might say that Michael Savage is a very opinionated guy who is not afraid to express his opinions no matter who might be offended. He certainly shouldn’t be shocked about being disinvited from one of the most “polite” kingdoms on earth, Great Britain, and he apparently isn’t shocked by it but he is very mad — mad enough to sue the British Home Secretary.
Why sue the British Home Secretary? Savage wants to sue (he hasn’t yet) because his name on this list puts him in the same class as people who express their opinions by blowing things up, killing people and publicly dishonoring our dead soldiers. This is much of Michael Savage’s company on the list, people who commit violent acts. People like:
- Samir Al-Quntar, the Lebanese terrorist who killed four Israelis, among them a four-year-old girl whose head he bashed in with the butt of his rifle;
- Nasr Javed, the Pakistan-based commander of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, a prime suspect in the November attacks in Mumbai, India, in which 173 were killed and hundreds wounded;
- Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky, the leaders of a Russian skinhead gang that murdered at least 20 people.
Also on the list is the hateful American preacher Rev. Fred Phelps, a Baptist pastor based in Topeka, Kansas, where he is a leading spokesman for the Westboro Baptist Church, and his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper — these two, along with most of the congregation of their church, have traveled to funerals of American soldiers who have died in defense of their country to hold up hateful signs and chant. They haven’t killed anyone but their actions are as sharp and dangerous as knives to the families of those dead soldiers.
Back to Michael Savage; actually (and he acknowledges this) the UK Home Secretary has done him a favor. Those millions who love to listen to him daily will continue to listen of course but he will no doubt pick up a few million other listeners now that his name and reputation for controversial remarks has been spread throughout the world. He may not, as he jokes, be able to enjoy the fine cuisine in England or get some of that world-class medical care but he probably won’t loose any sleep over it.
LA Times: Michael Savage: Banned in Britain
Ney York Times: Britain Identifies 16 Barred From Entering U.K.
Christian News Analysis: Talk radio host Michael Savage and others banned by U.K.