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Ain't he dead yet? Jul. 8th, 2004 10:03 am

"It applies equally to far-right evangelical Christians as to extremists of the Islamic faith"

So we won't be letting Bush back in, for example?

More seriously, laws of religious limitation are grossly inappropriate in any country with an official, constitutional state religion.

From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 8th, 2004 - 09:13 am (Link)
The bit about a minimum standard of English is grossly discriminatory. What about someone who has learning difficulties, or is deaf? They'd have more trouble attaining the minimum standard, but that doesn't mean they should be refused admission.
From: thekumquat
Date: July 8th, 2004 - 10:16 am (Link)
Any idea how high a standard ESOL 3 is?

It does say that the standard of English is for citizenship, not residency. What I want to know is where all these EFL teachers are going to spring from - there's not enough classes at them moment for the people who want them even if they're willing to pay.

Previous articles I've seen suggesting this have talked about standards in a British language, so Welsh or BSL should be OK too.
From: wildeabandon
Date: July 8th, 2004 - 09:37 am (Link)
I was amused by my own naivety when I first read about this law - my initial reaction was "That's odd, Blunkett's the last person I'd expect to be pushing for measure to combat Islamophobia". A few sentances later I realised that wasn't what he had in mind :/
From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 8th, 2004 - 09:56 am (Link)
If we don't let people from other cultures into the country, there's nobody to hate! Problem solved!
From: flewellyn
Date: July 8th, 2004 - 10:33 pm (Link)
So after we USians kick out our ultraconservative assholes, will you be doing the same to yours?