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Jacqui Smith hypocrisy on Geert Wilders Double standards on exclusion from the UK

London, 11 February 2009. "The Home Secretary is guilty of gross hypocrisy. She gives visas to demagogues who incite violence and murder, while banning from the UK a Dutch MP who has never incited violence against anyone," said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

"Jacqui Smith has refused Dutch MP Geert Wilders permission to enter Britain on the grounds that his presence would damage community relations and threaten public order. I do not agree with Mr Wilders, but he has never threatened violence against Muslims." See the BBC news report. "The Home Secretary regularly grants visas and work permits to Jamaican reggae singers who openly incite the murder of lesbian and gay people. Incitement to murder is a very serious criminal offence. The Home Office and Metropolitan Police also allow radio stations and record stores to promote their murder-inciting CDs.

"Last November, Jacqui Smith gave Jamaican reggae singer Bounty Killer (Rodney Price) permission to perform at a concert in east London. He had been banned from Guyana earlier in 2008 over his murderous lyrics, but the British government said he was welcome to sing in the UK.

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"It is double standards to ban Geert Wilders and not Bounty Killer.

"Even if I disagree with certain political and religious leaders, I do not support them being banned from the UK, unless they incite violence. That is why I oppose the exclusion of Geert Wilders and others such as Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam in the US. It is more effective to challenge and defeat their ideas in open debate, than to suppress them via the bureaucratic ruse of a banning order.

"Bounty Killer encourages and glorifies gang violence. At a time when so many young people have been murdered in gang-related gun and knife crime, it is reckless and obscene for the Home Secretary to give Bounty Killer a visa and work permit.

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"Rewarding with concerts maladjusted singers who incite violence sends the wrong signal.

"Bounty Killer helps reinforce and legitimate gang violence by encouraging, glorifying and celebrating the killing of gay people. His negative impact goes way beyond the gay community. He psyches up a whole generation to see hatred and violence as cool and street cred.

"For the sake of parents whose sons have been murdered in gang attacks, it is time we closed the door on Bounty Killer and similar murder music singers," urged Mr Tatchell.

Watch this YouTube video of a Bounty Killer concert, where he openly incites the crowd: "f*ggot, I kill every one of them." See examples of Bounty Killer's lyrics urging the murder of queers below.

Mr Tatchell wrote to the Home Secretary, setting out six reasons why she should revoke Bounty Killer's visa and work permit (a copy of the letter follows below).

Three months later, Jacqui Smith has failed to give any credible justification for allowing Bounty Killer to perform in the UK.

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Bounty Killer songs that incite homophobic violence:

Another Level Bun a fire pon a puff and mister fagoty (Uh huh) Translation: Burn a fire on poofs and f*ggots (Uh huh) Poop man fi drown an dat a yawd man philosophy (Uh huh) Translation: sh*t men [queer men] must be drowned and that's a yardy man [Jamaican] philosophy

Man A Badman You know we need no promo to rub out dem homo Translation: You know we don't need prompting to rub out [kill] a homo

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

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