Nation: I am not surprised by this since it is the ACLU and hooking up with Tariq Ramadan. Nice.
|Citing the case of a prominent Swiss Muslim scholar who has been barred from the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to strike down a clause of the USA Patriot Act that bans foreigners who endorse terrorist activity from traveling to this country.
The suit was filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on behalf of the scholar, Tariq Ramadan, and three national organizations of academics or writers who have invited him to speak to their members. The groups, including the American Academy of Religion, the largest American organization of scholars of religion, say Mr. Ramadan has never expressed support for terrorism, and they argue that the Patriot Act clause has been applied to stifle political and academic debate in the United States.
Mr. Ramadan, a Swiss citizen, has been denied a United States visa since July 2004, when he was on the verge of moving with his family to Indiana to take up a tenured professor's position at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In a telephone interview on Tuesday from his office in Britain, Mr. Ramadan said he has never been given a formal explanation why his visa was revoked, after he had traveled frequently to the United States for many years|
Tarizq shows off his look at me I am a victim skills here.
|SPIEGEL: Your words are like those of a rationalist, an enlightened theologian with purely intellectual ambitions. But in political reality, in France, Great Britain and the United States, you are suspected of secretly promoting the expansion of Islam and sympathizing with violence. Have you been eating chalk? Are you speaking with a forked tongue?
Ramadan: Oh yes, I am one of the most maligned Muslim intellectuals. Tariq Ramadan, the slippery trickster. They talk about people like me the way they used to talk about the Jews: He is Swiss and European, but his loyalties also lie elsewhere. He says one thing and thinks something else. He is a member of an international organization -- in the past, it was world Jewry, today it's world Islam. I am disparaged as if I were a Muslim Jew.
What about that whole stoning thing, you know that topic that Sarkozy caught you with live on the air?
|SPIEGEL: That's wonderful. Then could you explain to us why you have publicly called for a moratorium on the stoning of women accused of committing adultery. A moratorium, not a clear condemnation! Tariq Ramadan, are you a hypocrite?
Ramadan: Once again, Islam can only be modernized from within. If I stand there and state that I condemn the practice of stoning, that this punishment is despicable, it changes nothing. My fellow Muslims will say: Brother Tariq, you became a European, a Swiss citizen, so you are no longer one of us. I want to trigger a process of contemplation and thought within the Islamic community. Critique and attacks from the outside can produce tension. Incidentally, a number of US states have imposed a moratorium on the death penalty, in an effort to buy time to think about the meaning and legitimacy of this penalty.
From these little snips you can read the slippery skills that has earned him bans in America and France.
ALso got asked to leave the anti-global movement
accused of being an anti-semite.