This day in WND history: U.K. bans yet another media star

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller

WND-20-YearsU.K. bans yet another media star

June 27, 2013: WND columnist Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, co-founders of Stop Islamization of America, were banned from entering the U.K. because, the government said, their presence “is not conducive to the public good.”

Geller and Spencer were scheduled to speak in Woolwich June 29, 2013, at a memorial for Lee Rigby – the soldier who was brutally murdered May 22, 2013, by at least two Muslim men armed with a cleaver and a knife. After beheading Rigby, the men reportedly boasted of the murder in the streets.

BBC News reported a government spokesman said visitors whose presence “is not conducive to the public good” could be excluded by the home secretary.

He added: “We condemn all those whose behaviors and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form.”

Geller, who runs the Atlas Shrugs blog, and Spencer, of Jihad Watch, are also executive directors of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, known for its “Defeat Jihad” poster campaign in New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

On their blogs, the two posted a letter from the British Home Office issuing the ban.

“I have been banned in Britain,” Geller wrote. “My crime? My principled dedication to freedom. I am a human rights activist dedicated to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and individual rights for all before the law. I fiercely oppose violence and the persecution and oppression of minorities under supremacist law. I deplore violence and work for the preservation of freedom of speech to avoid violent conflict.

“I have never been convicted of any crime. I have never been arrested. I became a writer and activist in the wake of 9/11.

“For this I am banned. I shed no tears. I am banned from Mecca, too.”

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Rush gets rise out of Viagra stop

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

June 27, 2006: Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was joking about his police detainment at the airport the previous day for carrying Viagra in his luggage.

“I’ve been racking my brain. I’m trying to figure out how Bob Dole’s luggage got on my airplane,” Limbaugh clowned. “I told the doctor, I said, ‘Look, I’m worried about the next election, not … .’”

He added: “The people at Customs were as nice as they could be. They just didn’t believe me when I told them that I got those pills at the Clinton Library gift shop, and they told me at the Clinton Library gift shop that it was just blue M&Ms. … I know a lot of people who don’t even need Viagra. [They] just look at themselves in the mirror and the problem’s taken [care of] – many of them in Washington, many of them Republicans, too.”

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