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Monday, September 25, 2006

ACLU Condemn State Department’s Decision to Deny Visa To Radical Islamic Scholar

Here ya go Dave:


Groups Condemn State Department's Decision to Deny Visa to Oxford University Professor Who Criticized U.S. Policies

NEW YORK - The United States government has denied a visa to Oxford University Professor Tariq Ramadan despite dropping its previous allegation that he endorsed terrorism, the American Civil Liberties Union announced today.

The ACLU, American Academy of Religion, American Association of University Professors, New York Civil Liberties Union and PEN American Center sued the government for preventing their members from meeting with Ramadan and hearing constitutionally protected speech. The lawsuit came after the government invoked the Patriot Act's "ideological exclusion" provision to prevent Ramadan from accepting a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame in 2004.

The provision applies to those who have "endorsed or espoused" terrorism, but government attorneys failed to produce any evidence showing that Ramadan had done so."Although the U.S. government has found a new pretext for denying Professor Ramadan's visa, the history of this case makes clear that the government's real concern is not with Professor Ramadan but with his ideas," said ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer, who is lead counsel in this case. "The government is using the immigration laws to silence an articulate critic and to censor political debate inside the United States."

Read ACLU press release Here

John Stephenson writes:

"This case demonstrates yet another dimension to the dementia. It's unsurprisingly hypocritical that the ACLU would represent someone who promotes Islamic law and education. What happened to their spirited defense of the sacred "wall of separation?" I guess their Hierarchy of Anarchy places the violent overthrow of Western Civilization above "women's rights," "gay rights" and "free speech." (Except, when the "right" of free speech is taken to mean that the US must allow a terrorist supporter into the country so professors may hear him).

The real question has nothing to do with the government putting a silence to "political criticism". The real question is why the ACLU wants this guy to teach his anti-American jihadist philosphies to our children."