speech decision claim praised,
Tuesday, June 21,
The solicitor for Pittsburgh Public
Schools says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling
that a former eastern Pennsylvania
police chief couldn't claim free speech
in a private employment matter was a
"I think it represents a common-sense
distinction between getting up at a
public meeting and saying, 'I'm an
employee, I live here, and taxes are too
high,' which are matters of general
concern, and work-related speech," Ira
Weiss said of the decision Monday.
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its ban on Michael Savage
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An attorney for the British government
has reaffirmed the United Kingdom's
decision to ban leading talk-radio host
Michael Savage from entry.
WND reported last July the new
Conservative-Party-led government of
Prime Minister David Cameron informed
the popular nationally syndicated host
it would continue the ban initiated by
the previous administration unless he
repudiated statements made on his
broadcasts that were deemed a threat to
public security. The U.K., however, has
never specified which statements it
thought were so dangerous.
As WND reported in May 2009,
then–British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith
announced that Savage was on a list of
16 people banned from entry because the
government believed their views might
provoke violence. Smith said it was
"important that people understand the
sorts of values and sorts of standards
that we have here, the fact that it's a
privilege to come and the sort of things
that mean you won't be welcome in this
In the latest communiqué from the
British government, Michael Atkins,
writing on behalf of the U.K.'s treasury
solicitor, told Savage's London-based
attorney, "Your client has not provided
any evidence to show that he did not
commit the unacceptable behaviour" that
prompted the "decision to exclude him,
nor has your client provided any
acceptable evidence to show his
repudiation of those unacceptable
Atkins said Savage can do nothing at
the moment to affect his status and must
wait until December, when the decision
is scheduled for review.
Responding to the lastest
development, Savage pointed to Cameron
and President Obama, during his current
trip to the U.K., comparing themselves
with President Reagan and Prime Minister
Thatcher, "blathering about 'democracy'
in the Arab world."
"How about democracy in the
U.K.?" asked Savage, referring to his
case. "The freedom to a trial? The
freedom of appeal? The freedom to set
the record straight?
"Why does the Cameron government
protect Muslim terrorists and Muslim
hate-preachers who espouse the overthrow
of the British government, democracy
itself, while banning Michael Savage
from entering the land of their better
forefathers?" he asked.
Savage has received support from Reps.
Allen West, R-Fla., and John Culberson,
R-Texas, who sent letters to Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton, urging her to
review Britain's ban.
As WND reported, West's letter pointed
out Savage was put on the U.K.'s
banned-entry list with "ruthless
criminals," including a Hamas terrorist
and Russian skinhead.
West argued there is no basis for the
"For a nation who believes in freedom
of speech and press," he wrote, "I have
a hard time understanding why such a
high level, government department would
release this statement when there has
not been one incident recorded in the
United States regarding Dr. Savage
instigating violence, let alone serious
Culberson, the assistant Republican
whip, urged Clinton to use her position
to press the U.K. to grant Savage a
travel visa immediately.
On his website, Savage
appealed to his listeners to sign a
petition urging Clinton to act.
Official U.K. government correspondence
shows Savage was put on the list to
provide "balance," because it contained
so many Muslim extremists.
Oh, but it’s only the freedom of
speech. Shame on our British cousins!
And woe to those in our government who
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