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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A Dutch lawmaker who made a controversial film about Islam planned to travel to Britain on Thursday despite a ban on his entry.
Dutch authorities filed charges against Wilders last month, accusing him of inciting racial hatred.
Geert Wilders said he was invited to screen his film, "Fitna," at the House of Lords on Thursday evening, but was informed by the British ambassador to the Netherlands that he would be refused entry because the beliefs expressed in the film would threaten public security.
Wilders said he still intends to fly to Britain in the hope that he will be let in.
Britain's Home Office confirmed that Wilders had been denied entry. It said the move is permitted under European Union law, which allows states to refuse entry on the grounds of public policy, public security or public health.
"The government opposes extremism in all its forms," said a Home Office spokesman, who would not be identified, in line with policy. "It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country."
Wilders called the move "incredible." Do you agree with the UK's decision to bar Wilders? Have your say
"This is freedom of speech. I mean, let's have a debate," Wilders told the BBC. "This is how a democracy and the rule of law and a civil society should work. If you disagree, talk to one another."
Wilders is a member of the Dutch parliament for the right-wing Party for Freedom. He released "Fitna" online in March 2008 to immediate controversy.
The 15-minute film features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from Islam's holy book, the Quran, to paint Islam as a threat to Western society.
Caroline Cox, a member of Britain's House of Lords who is not affiliated with a political party, invited Wilders to screen his film at a private session in parliament. She told CNN that she wanted lawmakers to see the film to provoke discussion.
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"We're showing it on the basis of freedom of speech," said Cox, who has been a free speech advocate throughout her career. "It's a serious showing, with serious concerns and serious consideration."
Cox said she disagreed with the government's decision to bar Wilders, who was also scheduled to discuss the film.
Originally posted by leapoffaith
I am from the Netherlands and I just want to say: Thank you England! You made a wise decision to ban him. I just wished the Dutch people would do the same and kick him out of the country.
Mr. Wilders should be able to understand Englands decision to ban him, because he wants to do the same: prevent people with opinions he fears to enter the Netherlands, so this must be his karma. Unfortunateley he lacks any sense of humor.
I hope more countries will follow Britains decision!
Originally posted by MacDonagh
Didn't you guys know? Islam can't be criticised or else they'll just start bombing people, taking over embassies, mistreating women, that sort of thing.
Originally posted by leapoffaith
Geert Wilders: "It is a disgrace the UK refused to let me enter their country to tell them they should refuse people to enter their country because of their ideas"
Originally posted by FinalSonicX
reply to post by Obliterated
who are you or I or anyone to decide what things are best left unsaid?