Home Secretary bans homophobic church from entering the UK.
As the Westboro Baptists are denied entry to the country, we take a closer look at them and some other notorious homophobes.
On Monday, we reported on how the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (US) were planning to demonstrate at a performance of the gay play The Laramie Project in Basingstoke (UK) on Friday. For the full story, click here.
Today, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has banned members of the Westboro Baptist Church from entering the UK. Westboro Leader Rev Fred Phelps, Shirley Phelps-Roper and other members of the Westboro Baptists have been told that they will not be allowed access to the country.
A spokesperson for the UK Border Agency told The Sun: “Both of these individuals have engaged in unacceptable behaviour by inciting hatred against a number of communities. The exclusions policy is targeted at all those who seek to stir up tension and provoke others to violence.”
The Conservative MP for Basingstoke – Maria Miller – passed on her constituents requests to the Home Secretary; that members of the Westboro Baptist Church be denied access to the UK.
In a statement Miller said: “The Laramie Project is a serious play with a serious message. It is completely unacceptable for the Westboro Baptist Church or any other organisation to incite homophobic hatred in this way.”