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UK considers banning controversial US pastor Terry Jones

Preacher who threatened to burn the Qu’ran to mark 9/11 has been invited to speak at a far-right rally in Britain.

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A CONTROVERSIAL US PREACHER who threatened to burn copies of the Qu’ran to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks could be banned from entering Britain.

Britain’s interior minister Teresa May said she was “actively looking” into the case, according to Al Jazeera.

She could decide to ban him if he is deemed a danger to national security.

Pastor Terry Jones has been invited to address a rally organised by the English Defence League in February. The organisation protests against what it terms the growing “Islamification” of England. The Daily Mail claims that football hooliganism is at the root of the group, and it has been involved in violent protests.

About 1,000 members of the organisation marched through Peterborough in eastern England on Saturday to protest “Islamic extremism”. A separate “march for unity” was held in Peterborough by trade unions and Unite against Facism, the BBC reports.

Jones has said he would promote peace at the rally, and will fight any attempts to prevent him from travelling to the event.

He said he has given his word not to do anything against the law or to provoke “an uprising or violence”.

“We have a message concerning Islam that is valuable,” he told the BBC, and defended his book title “Islam is of the Devil”. He said he would not be preaching at the rally, but would be sharing a positive message.

Jones’ threats to burn the Quran sparked off international outcry, protests and threats to US servicemen. In Afghanistan, five people were injured during protests against the burning. Jones called off his plan at the eleventh hour.

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