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Pastor Who Threatened to Burn Koran Might Be Barred From Entering U.K.

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Nov. 16: Pastor Terry Jones, center, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla., speaks to reporters across the street from the proposed Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP)

Britain's interior minister said Sunday she will consider barring from the country a Florida pastor who threatened to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11.

Terry Jones says on his website that he has been invited to a rally in February organized by the far-right English Defense League.

Home Secretary Theresa May said Jones "has been on my radar for a few months now."

"If it is now clear that he is definitely coming to the U.K., this is of course a case that I will be actively looking at," she told Sky News.

The government has the power to bar people considered a threat to public safety or national security.

A previously obscure preacher, Jones gained infamy through his effort to burn the Koran. He canceled the event after international pressure.

The campaigning group Hope Not Hate said Jones should be barred because "only extremists will benefit from his visit."

A list published by the government last year revealed 22 people were banned from Britain for extremism, including an Egyptian cleric, Russian gang leaders and anti-gay American preacher Fred Phelps Sr.

The English Defense League opposes what it calls the spread of Islam, Sharia law and Islamic extremism in England.

Its opponents say the group is racist and stages violent protests.