US Pastor who threatened to burn Koran barred from Britain

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January 20, 2011 01:35

 
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LONDON  — A US pastor who had threatened to burn a Koran on an anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been barred from visiting Britain, its government said Wednesday.

Florida pastor Terry Jones had planned to address a right-wing group, England is Ours, and join it for meetings and demonstrations from Feb. 9 to Feb.16.

Stand Up America, a Florida-based group affiliated with Jones, said he was going to speak out against what the group called radical elements of Islam. It said his visit to Britain was to be part of a European tour.

Britain's Home Office said that Jones has been "excluded from the UK" because the British government opposes extremism in all its forms.

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