At the age of 17, who among us hadn”t done or said something that others might have found offensive? Now imagine having that held against you for life.
Luke Angel is a 17-year-old who lives in Silsoe, England. It’s a small town in Bedfordshire, north of London, with fewer than 2,000 inhabitants. Luke is perhaps a reluctant notable resident these days. Seems he had gotten drunk and had too many nasty things to say to and about President Obama in an email he hammered out. As a result, he has received a lifetime ban on entry into the United States.
Mind you, this isn’t a “you can’t live here” ban. No! This is a “you can’t even come here” ban.
Luke, to be clear, you cannot come to the land of free speech. You cannot visit a country that allows protestors to stand outside of military funerals and shout insults at the family of the deceased. You cannot set foot in a country that allows Qurans to be burned, along with draft cards, bras, flags, and Bibles.
In a country where the KKK can march in the streets—where radio show hosts can spill their vitriol over the airwaves—no, you are not welcome here.
So while no criminal charges were filed against you, and although you have not had a day in court to appeal this life sentence—and while there may be no good legal basis for this action—you have been tried, convicted, and sentenced.
You should know your rights before you speak!
Seems along with your right to express yourself, the governments at hand feel they have the right to declare you persona non grata in the US.
No worries! Just go to Mexico and come across without papers. It works for millions of others who would not otherwise be eligible for entry either.