In one of her first acts as President of the Oxford Union, Olivia Merrett has invited American author and leader of the group Jihadi Watch Robert Spencer to take part in next terms This House Believes Radicalisation is Born at Home debate, along with the radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary.
Robert Spencer, who also co-founded the group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), is banned from entering the UK, following the Home Offices 2013 decision that his visit would not be "conducive to the public good, and that his views would be likely to "foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.
The ban was issued after he was invited to speak at an EDL rally in Woolwich, where drummer Lee Rigby was killed. At around the same time, Anjem Choudary infamously declared himself "proud of Michael Adebolajo, one of Rigbys killers, and insisted that Rigby would "burn in hellfire. (continue reading...)(...more)