UK MP Who Called for Rushdie Book Ban, Trying to Ban Robert Spencer

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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At least Keith Vaz is consistent. When an old man in Iran declared a Fatwa against the Satanic Verses, Vaz led a rally demanding a ban of the book.

Now he’s campaigning to ban Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from the UK.

In his letter, Mr Vaz wrote: “These individuals are infamous in America for inciting racial hatred, including sponsoring discriminatory advertisements placed on public transport.

Mr Vaz said: “I am alarmed that the EDL is planning this type of march in Woolwich. Before we have to pay the costs for the extra policing required for this demonstration the Home Secretary should consider using her discretion to ban these two speakers from entering the country. A ban should be enforced properly and physically stop people entering our borders.”

One wonders if such a ban should not also apply to Mr. Vaz.

As I said… consistent. But not really. In his memoir, Rushdie recalls Vaz calling him to offer his support before leading a rally against him.

  • OfficialPro

    Oh, so Keith Vaz is twofaced, eh? Anyone know if he’s been converted?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      This provides a hint about who he sleeps with:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2001/may/27/election2001.labour

      • Well Done

        There are almost certainly hard core Islamists in VERY high places throughout the world. That is the only plausible explanation for the magnitude of Islamist immigration to all Western countries. As they riot in the streets, attack women and call for Jihad, our authorities continue to campaign against “Islamophobia”. It’s comical, really, but the damage they are doing is no joke. At some point we will have to take out the garbage. We know who the garbage is; Islamists in high places worldwide. What we don’t know is, who exactly will take them out?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “It’s comical, really, but the damage they are doing is no joke.”

          It would be comical if the news we read was instead just another Quentin Tarantino script. But in reality people every day around the world face actions much worse than what Django was depicted as doing.

          “We know who the garbage is; Islamists in high places worldwide. What we don’t know is, who exactly will take them out?”

          That remains to be seen, obviously. But don’t lose hope. People are waking up to the lies.

    • Larry Larkin

      He may not be converted, but he is most certainly owned, and has been for a long time.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “He may not be converted, but he is most certainly owned, and has been for a long time.”

        Indeed. That’s all that really counts.

  • southwood

    Vaz is a despised by many here here in the UK. He was tainted by corrupt practices. A dreadful little man. I would be surprised if the powers that be listened to him but, on the other hand, in today’s PC cross-party environment, one never knows.

    • Well Done

      It is utterly unacceptable for any member of any UK gov’t to be speaking in favor of banning anyone from entering the UK based on their views, especially when those views are merely warnings to the West about how Islamists are infesting our very command and control. When laws become too outrageous, he righteous must become outraged.

      • quousque

        Dr. Michael Savage is banned and will remain so until a brave soul of sort objects. For now, PC brigades in Londonistan are winning.

  • Well Done

    Vaz may have been trying to get close enough to Rushdie to do something physical. Oh, wait, Islamist agitators use a perversion of Patton’s rule about making the other guy die for his country; they make the other guy die for their own ideology. While they sit at home with all the wives.

  • https://twitter.com/woweegoodstuff SorryI’llGetMyCoat

    A real cuckoo in the nest. Vaz also has a private member’s bill to make “Islamophobia” a criminal offence. I put that word in brackets, there is no such word as a phobia is an irrational fear or loathing.

  • iritegud

    The Left’s First Amendment: Freedom of speech is good for me, but not for you.

    • Gee

      He is in England – they don’t have any civil rights there

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “The Left’s First Amendment: Freedom of speech is good for me, but not for you.”

      They’re ideas are even more alien than that. Their “freedom” to speak comes from the fact that they are “correct” and not from the constitution. The US constitution is something they can barely comprehend.

      We’re not free to speak because we’re “incorrect,” by being hateful or incorrect.

  • spyeatte

    Keith Vaz is a dork and a dandiprat.

  • herb benty

    Pam Gellar and Mr. Spencer speak the truth about Islam. Orwellian England is decaying rather quickly, how is that massive immigration of muslims goin for ya, looks like leftism also affects the brain!