Reading online this morning, I saw that the Home Office has seen fit to ban a Canadian preacher from entering the UK. Asked to comment, a spokesperson evidently said, ""The government makes no apologies for refusing people access to the UK if we believe they are not conducive to the public good."
All glory to the government, then, and its noble defence of the people of this country.
And what, exactly, have we been saved from? The answer is a tattooed former drug addict who claims God heals via him giving them a punch or a kick.
Now I am quite happy to say this is bonkers (although I do remember reading about a bloke who was healed after somebody rubbed spit on his eyes - but then the government didn't like that healer either, because he was a threat to the establishment too).
When it came to these shores, I similarly said the Toronto Blessing was bonkers, and I continue to maintain that to this day. (Indeed, I would go further and say it was spiritually damaging in a way far beyond anything likely to be achieved by Mr Bentley.)
But I also think the government is talking rubbish when it gives as a further justification for this ban, "Coming here is a privilege that we refuse to extend to those who might seek to undermine our society."
Excuse me, but did you just say "seek to undermine our society"? Is this seriously what the government is saying about Todd Bentley, and is this seriously what we are willing to accept as a justification for restricting someone's entry and right to speak here?
Yes, they did (apparently) say that, and yes they do (apparently) think we should accept it. And yes, we almost certainly will accept it, because we are becoming used to this sort of nonsense.
Actually, the truth is that such bans have very little to do with preserving the stability of the nation. The truth is they are about keeping out a certain kind of Muslim, but the government can't be seen to be 'prejudiced', so every now and then a whacky (in this case, it seems literally) Christian has to be kept out as well.
However, it would be impossible for that to be admitted so hey, Mr Bentley, sorry, society has to be protected, even if it has to be lied to in the process, and it was just your turn.
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