Six foreign religious preachers have been registered on Denmark’s first public list banning them from entering the country.
Mohamad al Arefe, Kamal El-Mekki, Bilal Philips, Terry Dale Jones, Salman Bin Fahad Alodah and Mohammad Al-Nabulsi are the six to make the inaugural sanction list.
“The government won’t accept hate preachers coming to Denmark to preach hate against Danish society and indoctrinate listeners to commit violence against women and children, spread ideas of a caliphate and undermine our founding values,” said Inger Støjberg, the immigration and integration minister.
“So I am naturally very pleased that it is now clear to everyone that these people are not welcome in Denmark.”
Persona non grata
The list is part of an agreement reached in 2016 by the parties Venstre, Konservative, Socialdemokratiet and Dansk Folkeparti to a number of initiatives aimed at so-called hate preachers.
The immigration authority, Udlændingestyrelsen, will continuously assess which preachers should be on the blacklist.
According to the law, foreigners can find themselves on the list if they have “displayed behaviour that gives reason to believe that the foreigner is a threat to public order in Denmark”.