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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

So, Hate Doesn't Lead To Violence?

Allahpundit at HotAir appears to be taking up the torch for Micheal Weiner ( Savage ) due to the schlock-jock radio clown being added to a list of 15 other people not allowed into Britan.

Sixteen people banned from entering the UK were "named and shamed" by the Home Office today.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she decided to make public the names of 16 people banned since October so others could better understand what sort of behaviour Britain was not prepared to tolerate.

The list includes hate preachers, anti-gay protesters and a far- right US talk show host.

I can't speak for what Sec. Jacqui Smith was thinking when creating this list, though her and her staff's intentions may have been in the interest of public safety, but doesn't she realize that this is the sort of thing that people like Micheal Weiner ( Savage ) and the folks at HotAir love?

...they’re basically admitting that the country’s no longer safe for certain viewpoints — Islamic fundamentalism not included.

And, right on cue, "Savage" is intending to sue Sec. Smith:

Savage told The Chronicle that being included in such a crowd is no laughing matter — and he is now preparing legal action against Smith, he said.
“This lunatic … is linking me up with Nazi skinheads who are killing people in Russia, she’s putting me in a league with Hamas murderers who kill Jews on busses,” he said. “I have never advocated violence … I’ve been on the air 15 years. My views may be inflammatory, but they’re not violent in any way.”

Allah goes on to state of "Savage" that "His profile’s much higher now among violent nuts abroad than it was yesterday", as if to suggest that any violent action taken by someone that listens to him can now be blamed on Sec. Smith.

But the larger point of this post is this; Allahpundit sees no connection between hate-speech and violece.

Fomenting “hatred” isn’t the same as fomenting violence — which would be reasonable grounds for exclusion — unless the Brits are afraid that violence might be directed at, not by, Savage or Phelps

You see that? Allah starts off by claiming that "hate" doesn't lead to violence, but then seven words later, he essentially says that it just might.

This is the problem with not just Allahpundit, but all that think that broadcasting hatred is not a problem, is that he lacks the ability to see that what Micheal Weiner ( Savage ) says does have a direct relation to violence. Perhaps he needs to be reminded of what happened at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.

* Video of the KPD Chief press conference can be found here *

Adkisson told Still that "he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office."

Adkisson told officers he left the house unlocked for them because "he expected to be killed during the assault."

Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly.

I don't think that there is any clearer example that can be given that hate-speech can and has lead to not just violent acts, but death.

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