U.K. Embraces ISIS Returnees, Cracks Down On Right-Wing Journalists

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The U.K. is deeply worried about right-wing journalists visiting the country.

Over the weekend, British police detained and barred multiple right-wing personalities from entry in two separate incidents.

The first involved American YouTuber Brittany Pettibone and her boyfriend, Austrian identitarian activist Martin Sellner. Both were trying to get to the U.K. to interview Tommy Robinson, a vocal critic of Islam.

Instead, they were detained for several hours on Friday and eventually sent packing out of the country.

Early Monday morning, Canadian right-wing journalist Lauren Southern was also detained and barred entry into the U.K. Police accused her of being a “radical Christian,” asked her bizarre questions on car attacks and finally ruled she was too “racist” to walk around in Britain.

Police cited satirical “LGBT for Islam” flyers Southern handed out last month in Luton as proof she was a bigoted menace.

Aren’t the British supposed to have a sense of humor?

The U.K. has the right to deny entry to anyone it pleases. But who government officials allow in is a matter of concern.

Last year, it was reported that at least 400 former ISIS fighters had returned to Britain. However, U.K. officials like Max Hill weren’t too concerned about the large number of terrorists coming back to the homeland. “The authorities have looked at them and looked at them hard and have decided that they do not justify prosecution,” Hill said, adding that most of these barbaric Islamic militants were just “naive” youngsters.

His bigger concern was that the U.K. would “lose a generation” by not welcoming back these jihadis, not that the “reintegration” would jeopardize the safety of the British people.

Plans for reintegrating these jihadis include giving the returnees free housing and other government assistance. A far cry from the harsh scrutiny assigned to journalists who just want to interview a critic of Islam.

The ISIS returnees add to another problem that is far more serious than cheeky “Allah is Queer” pamphlets. The U.K. is estimated to have 23,000 Islamic extremists living in the country, a number that certainly doesn’t need the addition of hardened ISIS militants.

2017 was full of terror for the island nation. There were multiple car attacks and a suicide bomb targeting young girls leaving a Ariana Grande concert. Instead of looking at ways to restrict possible extremists from entering the country, British officials vowed to go after internet speech as their top priority. (RELATED: Theresa May’s Answer To Terror: Restrict The Internet)

Translation: they were going to put extra effort into suppressing right-wing dissidents instead of reforming their immigration policies.

Plenty of people already go to jail over online political speech in U.K. In 2016, at least 3,395 people were arrested for comments made on the internet, and more are likely to be jailed in the future.

This absurd system can only be justified by valuing multiculturalism over the freedoms of your own citizens. Unfortunately, that seems to be the priorities of Britain’s elite.

Officials will continue to arrest and deport conservative journalists while rolling out the welcome mat for “naive” jihadis. Britain must stay committed to diversity, even if it means deporting journalists and cracking down on the basic rights of its own people.

A country has a right to determine who is allowed in its borders, but that does not mean nationalists should blindly accept Britain’s insane priorities.

Only the campus Left would agree that Lauren Southern is a greater threat than ISIS returnees.

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