UK to Michael Savage: Keep Out

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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.

News Links:

LA Times: Michael Savage: Banned in Britain

Ney York Times: Britain Identifies 16 Barred From Entering U.K.

Blog Links:

Christian News Analysis: Talk radio host Michael Savage and others banned by U.K.

Cervantes: US ‘hate list’ DJ Michael Savage to sue Britain

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8 thoughts on “UK to Michael Savage: Keep Out

  1. Ron In California

    At the risk of being accused of racism. Is Rev.Wright on the UK list? His speech is hateful and seems to fit the definition
    “engaging in unacceptable behavior by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.

    • You’re very right about that but apparently the Brit’s think he’s more entertainment than danger. I might agree with that — listening to him is as entertaining as listening to one of the “hell fire and damnation” preachers — its great acting.

  2. Completely agree with your final analysis. I did not know about him; now I have heaard about him. I would not be surprised if he filed the suit to just get more publicity from being banned. Any ways, sovereign nations do not need a reason to ban anyone from entering their country. US does that every day by refusing visas, and so does every other nation, whether you are on an official banned list or not.

  3. Christopher McElree

    Since Dr Savage has not attempted to visit the UK, has expressed no interest in visiting the UK, is virtually unknown in the UK, and his show is not carried in the UK at all, this little stunt from the home office seems patently bizarre…until you peel away the layers…
    It may well be staged for later use in America when congress tackles talk radio in their effort to silence conservative dissent. Saying the Koran is a book of hate? This is hate speech? Far worse is expressed daily against Christians. I am an avid Savage listener, and agree that the comment to the gay guy that he should get AIDS and die was highly inappropriate. I do not regard it as hate speech however. It was said to a particular person, regarding THAT person, not to all gays regarding all gays. It was a stupid and unnecessary thing to say. I disagree with Dr. Savage a lot. I still enjoy a person who says what they believe, particularly in the world we live in today, where so many limits exist on what’s tolerated. Why are so many unable to respectfully tolerate voices raised in opposition to what they believe? If you know what you believe and why, and are secure in your beliefs, why do you care if someone disagrees with you? As a Savage Nation member, and subscriber to the show, I can attest that Dr Savage is not a spreader of hate or an advocate for violence. He can get crabby, yes…he gets emotional…he is also a fabulous story teller, and a proponent for animal rights. I think of him as a curmudgeon with a heart of gold. His style is very personal, and when he’s in a bad mood it can make for a little listener discomfort because he is so genuine. If you try his show, do so knowing that he is a conservative nationalist, and not Republican. He is independent, and no water-carrier for the Republican party like a Limbaugh or Hannity. It’s not all politics either. He talks about his life and hobbies…restaurants, boating, stuff he did, nutrition, child-rearing…tells funny stories about his youth…he is intelligent and informed on many subjects. If you will only give a listen, you will discover a completely unique show unlike anything else out there. If he doesn’t run in your area you can find him on TRN.com

    • Thanks very much for your comment!

      I do in fact listen to Savage on a local radio station — once in a while. In general, he is a little too caustic for my taste but, I agree he has some great moments. Like him, and I assume you, I don’t wear the Republican or Democratic label and I even shy away from the Conservative label because I strongly believe in two issues that drive Conservatives nuts — abortion and gay marriage. Those two issues, to me represent government meddling in private affairs that should have no government involvement at all.

      The point you raise about why the Brit’s may have added Savage to their list is brilliant! Our liberal government want’s that fairness doctrine in the worst way and they are not only capable of anything, they are masters of the underhanded!

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