That Michael Savage ban: Half U.S. talkshow hosts would be jailed under Europe`s Hate Laws
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May 06, 2009, 11:32 PM
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The United Kingdom`s decision to put right wing talk radio host Michael Savage on their persona non grata travel ban list has elicited a storm of media attention. A google news search of "UK and `Michael Savage" turns up well over a thousand stories. Even the Council on American-Islamic Relations defended his right to free speech.

In 2007, CAIR led a campaign to boycott Savage because he called the Koran a "book of hate" and said "I don`t wanna hear anymore about Islam. I don`t wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I`m sick of you."

Of course I don`t think those words warrant a boycott. But they seem no harsher than calling Islam a "wicked, vicious, faith". And in 2005 British National Party Chair Nick Griffin was charged with incitement of religious hatred - a crime that held a penalty of up to seven years in prison in Britain - for saying those three words.

Shameful as the travel ban is, it`s far less totalitarian than jailing your own citizens.

The prosecution of Griffin and many other anti-immigration and anti-Islam politicians such as Frank Vanhecke, and Susanne Winter received scant attention in the American media and even less criticism. In fact I often hear conservatives repeat the "neo-fascist" smears against the populist right in Europee using the charges of hate crimes as proof. I`ve always responded that if they were in Europe, half of America`s talk radio hosts would be in jail.

Maybe the Savage affair will help open the Respectable Right`s eyes - preferably before Sen. Teddy Kennedy`s Hate Crime Bill sneaks into law.