Denmark bans 5 ulama and US pastor
COPENHAGEN: Denmark yesterday banned five ulama and an American pastor from entering the country, calling them “hate preachers”.
The move came amidst a public backlash against Islam in the wake of violence a decade ago over Danish newspaper cartoons, a series of deadly militant attacks in Europe, including one in the country, and a large influx of Muslim migrants in 2015.
The blacklist, the first of its kind in the country, arose from legislation passed last year allowing bans on foreign religious figures that the government deems to be a danger to public security.
The blacklist includes ulama Kamal El-Mekki from the United States; Jamaican-born Canadian Bilal Philips; Mohamad al-Arifi and Salman al-Ouda from Saudi Arabia; and Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi from Syria.
The sixth person is Terry Jones, who in 2010 raised an outcry when he threatened to burn copies of the Quran. Reuters