August 29, 2005
Britain has announced tough new rules under which "preachers of hate" who promote or glorify terrorism will be thrown out of the country or banned from entering it.
Already, local Muslims have been interviewed on television raising questions about what constitutes hate speech.
They know and so do we.
If Britain can figure out hate speech for homosexuals, they can figure it out for terrorists.
The problem here in the U.K. is similar to a person with advanced cancer.
The terrorist disease has been allowed to fester for too long and may be too advanced to cure.
Britain's policy of letting virtually anyone in the country hoping they would be converted by democracy and the western way of life has come back to haunt them.
Last month's terror bombings in London showed the stupidity of that policy.
The usual gaggle of lefties has denounced the policy, but it is the right policy and it is long overdue.
The U.S. should embrace a similar policy.
Shut them down and throw them out if they foment terror ought to be American policy, too.
In Northern Ireland, I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.