As appalling as the anti-gay protests of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church are, it was startling to see Fred Phelps and daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper alongside Russian gangsters and Muslim extremists on a list of 16 people newly barred from entering Britain for allegedly fostering extremism or hatred. Another surprise was San Francisco talk-radio host Michael Savage (whose show airs locally weeknights on KNSS Radio, 1330 AM). The official explanation for the inclusion of Phelps and his daughter: "Considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the United Kingdom." Unfortunately, being banned in Britain may only embolden the Phelps clan.
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