The controversial US pastor Terry Jones has been barred from the United Kingdom, the Home Office said Wednesday night.
The preacher sparked outrage when he announced plans by his Florida-based church to desecrate copies of the Qur’an to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded Pastor Terry Jones from the UK.”
The spokesman added: “Numerous comments made by Pastor Jones are evidence of his unacceptable behaviour.
“Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right, and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good.
“The use of exclusion powers is very serious and no decision is taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate.”
Pastor Jones had accepted an invitation to speak to a group called “England Is Ours” next month.
He was to speak at a series of demonstrations against the expansion of Islam and the construction of mosques in the UK.