The U.S. preacher who sparked outrage by saying he was going to burn copies of the Quran has been banned from entering the UK. Pastor Terry Jones had threatened to burn copies of the Islamic holy book at his Florida-based church to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America last year. He had been invited to England by a group called England Is Ours, next month. But the Home Office has decided that his presence here 'is not conduciveto the public good'. A Home Office spokesman said: 'The Government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded Pastor Terry Jones from the UK. 'Numerous comments made by Pastor Jones are evidence of his unacceptable behaviour. 'Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right, and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good. 'The use of exclusion powers is very serious and no decision is taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate.' Pastor Jones was to speak at a series of demonstrations against the expansion of Islam and the construction of mosques in the UK. A spokesman for England Is Ours said he hoped other members of Pastor Jones's outreach centre would be able to visit and speak to the group if the controversial preacher was unable to get the decision overturned. Barry Taylor, secretary of the activists' group based in Milton Keynes, said Pastor Jones had planned to visit in mid-February to attend a number of meetings with other similar organisations. He said: 'I'm very disappointed. The whole object of the exercise is to have a discussion about the Islamification of the UK and just have dialogue about the problems. 'The idea isn't to cause trouble or kick up a stink. These things do need addressing and people do need to speak about them. We shouldn't be frightened about them.' Mr Taylor added he had expected around 100 people to attend events organised for Pastor Jones including around 30 members of England Is Ours. 'It's quite possible that other members of his outreach may be able to come,' he added. 'I understand Pastor Jones is planning some visits to nearby European countries and we will be able to go and visit him there.' (The Mail)