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No Longer Banned, Muslim Scholar Is Coming to America

Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Muslim scholar barred from entering the United States in 2004 will be in New York in a few weeks to discuss “Secularism, Islam and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West.” The U.S. travel ban was just lifted in January, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

tariq ramadan.jpgIn my interview with Ramadan for Religion News Service last fall, the professor and author defined himself as legally Swiss, culturally European, ethnically Egyptian and religiously Muslim. The second half of that description generally gets emphasized in the USA, especially as government officials, citing his support of Palestinian charities later accused of funding terrorism, refused to let him accept academic positions and speaking engagements here for the past six years. But Ramadan has also been banned from Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world, because of his arguments against dictatorships and fundamentalist Islam.


The April 8 panel at Cooper Union will also include Ian Buruma, a journalist; Dalia Mogahed, director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; and Joan Wallach Scott, a professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study and the author of “The Politics of the Veil.” Sounds interesting — too bad I’ll miss it by a few days. (Typical!) 

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posted March 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

He should not be allowed in this country. Here are just a few reasons why:
* He has praised the brutal Islamist policies of the Sudanese politician Hassan Al-Turabi. Mr. Turabi in turn called Mr. Ramadan the “future of Islam.”
* Mr. Ramadan was banned from entering France in 1996 on suspicion of having links with an Algerian Islamist who had recently initiated a terrorist campaign in Paris.
* Ahmed Brahim, an Algerian indicted for Al-Qaeda activities, had “routine contacts” with Mr. Ramadan, according to a Spanish judge (Baltasar Garzón) in 1999.
* Djamel Beghal, leader of a group accused of planning to attack the American embassy in Paris, stated in his 2001 trial that he had studied with Mr. Ramadan.
* Along with nearly all Islamists, Mr. Ramadan has denied that there is “any certain proof” that Bin Laden was behind 9/11.
* He publicly refers to the Islamist atrocities of 9/11, Bali, and Madrid as “interventions,” minimizing them to the point of near-endorsement.
His family started the Muslim Brotherhood (ideological precursor to Al Quaeda) – he fled Egypt for Switzerland when Egypt cracked down on this terrorist organization.
Thanks, Hillary. What a champ.

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posted April 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Daisy, you should not be allowed in this country. Here are just a few reasons why:
* The U.S. is one of the largest agricultural countries in the world and we don’t need any more sheep. Rather than being a free thinker, you resort to copying & pasting the vitrolic, xenophobic statements from Daniel Pipe’s Web site, a well-known Islamophobe.
* The FBI also denied that there is “any certain proof” that Bin Laden was behind 9/11. On the FBI Web site, Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the 1993 bombing, but no mention of him in relation to 9/11. Before Bin Laden’s death in December, 2001, OBL vehemently denied any involvement. (See FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted)
* There is absolutely no connection with Al-Qa’eda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Qa’eda is a CIA database of Mujahideen trained by the U.S., who fought against the Soviets in the 1980’s and was formed by Zbigniew Brzezinski NOT by Hassan Al-Bannah.
* There is absolutely nothing wrong with being related to Hassan Al-Bannah. There are many people in the world who would consider it a great honor.
* It is un-American to suggest that being religious is reason to being banned from entering the U.S. It is a long-standing tradition of this great nation to acknowledge, practice and be adherents to religious beliefs.

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