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The Upside-Down Morals of Today's Britain

In early 1999, when I first became aware of the Islamization of Europe, I didn't think that nineteen  years later I'd be worried more about the future of the UK than about that of any other nation in Europe.

Consider this. Martin Sellner is a leader of a group called Generation Identity, which is opposed to the ongoing Islamization of Europe; Brittany Pettibone, his American girlfriend, is a well-known online commentator on this topic. Both are law-abiding believers in liberty. On March 9 they flew to Britain. He intended to give a speech about freedom of expression at the legendary Speakers' Corner in London; she intended to interview Tommy Robinson, another prominent critic of Islam. Instead of being allowed into the country, however, they were taken into custody, handcuffed, led through the airport in those handcuffs, separated from each other, and locked up in a detention center alongside hardened criminals. Many of their cellmates were Muslims, some of whom, had they known who Sellner and Pettibone were, could have done them great harm. On March 11, after two days in detention, the couple were flown out of the country.

They weren't alone. On March 12, Lauren Southern, an author and anti-Islam activist from Canada whose YouTube channel has nearly half a million followers, tried to enter the UK via Calais. Instead of being admitted, she was escorted into a room by Kent police, who, citing the Terrorism Act, informed her that she had no rights (including the right to remain silent), interrogated her about her political and religious beliefs, asked her what she thought about Islamic and right-wing terrorists, and demanded that she hand over her phone and tell them her access code so they could read her text messages. (She refused.)

Southern was eventually told that she would be denied entry into the UK because of her participation in a “racist” event the previous month in Luton, where, having noticed that it's okay to say Jesus was gay, she handed out flyers saying that Allah is gay. This, the Kent police told her, had been an act of “racism.” Two days after her expulsion, Southern was at the European Parliament, where an MEP from Kent, Janice Atkinson, pointed out that as a Canadian, Southern carries a passport in which the Queen of Canada, who is also Queen of the United Kingdom, requests that the holder be permitted free and unimpeded travel. The same valiant British cops who put so much energy into interrogating and intimidating Southern, noted Atkinson, have “allowed 500 jihadis to slip in.”

Of course, this isn't the first time that critics of Islam have been banned from Britain. Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller were denied entry in 2013. A government spokesman explained at the time that their presence on the scepter'd isle would not be “conducive to the public good” and that the British state condemns “all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values.”