Den­mark bans 5 ulama and US pas­tor

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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