Jan 20 2010
And Terrorist Front Group CAIR is ecstatic about the decision.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Department of State to lift a ban that prevented two prominent Muslim scholars accused of having ties to terrorism, from entering the United States for the past five years.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders enabling the re-entry of Hamas supporter and grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Tariq Ramadan, of Oxford University in England and Adam Habib of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa once they obtain required admittance documents.
Ramadan told Reuters he remained barred from several Arab countries including Egypt and Saudi Arabia and he had little hope these bans would be lifted any time soon. Ramadan said he was unpopular with some Arab governments because he had criticized them for what he described as failing to support the Palestinian people and seeking to place the responsibility for the Palestinians’ situation on the West.
An order signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reverses a July 2004 decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to revoke the visa of Ramadan, a respected scholar and author who was due to begin teaching at the University of Notre Dame that fall. Although the DHS cited security concerns as its reason for the visa revocation, CAIR and other civil liberties organizations saw it as a form of censorship that fit a pattern of denying visas to foreign nationals whose political views were not in favor with the U.S. government.
“We welcome this move by the Obama administration to permit a respected scholar and voice for religious moderation to enter our country,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “This is a step toward beginning to repair the damage to our image among Muslims worldwide.” (BULLCRAP)
“As we look at it, we do not think that either one of them represents a threat to the United States,” Crowley told a news briefing, adding that the U.S. government hoped to encourage more interaction with the Muslim world.
“For several years, the United States government was more interested in stigmatizing and silencing its foreign critics than in engaging them. The decision … is a welcome sign the Obama administration is committed to facilitating rather than obstructing the exchange of ideas across international borders.” (Facilitating Terrorism, don’t you mean?)
The United States has revoked Ramadan’s visa several times since 2004. Washington initially gave no reason for its decision, but later said Ramadan had been barred based on a provision of the USA Patriot Act that allows people to be excluded for supporting terrorism. REUTERS
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