The Danish government has banned Canadian born, Dr. Bilal Philips, a Muslim cleric with an online university in the West African nation of The Gambia.
Philips with six others were banned from entering the European nation for two years for hate preaching and for having anti-democratic views.
“We won’t accept hate preachers. They preach hatred against Danish society,” said Danish Integration Minister, Inger Stoejberg.
Philips, who owns the Islamic Online University in The Gambia last visited Denmark in 2011. He started visiting the Gambia after its former autocratic ruler, Yahya Jammeh named the country the world’s newest Islamic Republic.
Philips preaches on the Peace TV Network, owned by a controversial preacher, Dr. Zakir Naik, who is wanted on terrorist-related charges in his native India.
Denmark’s government said the men, including a Christian American preacher Terry Dale Jones, “indoctrinate others to commit violence against women and children, and spread ideas about a caliphate.”
“I never spoke about any caliphate throughout my stay there [Denmark], and neither before nor after. In fact, the message of peace and tolerance I left there gave the Muslim community in the country a more positive image, most especially in the Danish media. This is why I was quite surprised to hear that my name was listed among banned clerics who preach hatred,” Philips said.
The cleric was once banned from Germany but it was later lifted and now accuses Danish authorities of targeting Islam and not him with the new ban.
He faces other bans, which are still in place, including a ban from entering Australia, UK [for holding extremist views] and Kenya. Kenya had suspected him of having possible terror links and the U.S. named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.