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An Asault on American's right to HEAR

Reader comment on item: Why Revoke Tariq Ramadan's U.S. Visa?
in response to reader comment: Tariq is a human with a message

Submitted by Cole Pensinger (United States), Oct 22, 2007 at 23:23

The people of this country and on this website should have no concern over the history of Tariq Ramadan and his connections with terrorists, or Islam. Islam is a religion, and being a supporter of Islam is completely irrelevant in the case of terrorism, people need to start making that distinction. Terrorism is the result of world events, some known and most hidden, many by our own government. Tariq Ramadan is an intellectual, a highly respected professor, and has lectured in the US on 24 occasions at Universities such as Harvard and Princeton, and at the State Department, as reported in the New York Times today.

Daniel Pipes makes a completely invalid argument citing connections (many which are indirect), but no actual involvement in any terrorist activities. The man is not a criminal, and has never been cinvicted of any crime of terror. The American Constitution declares a freedom of speech. This also includes the freedom the HEAR. With the act of the Department of Homeland Security denying Mr. Ramadan the right to speak, they have also denyed every single American citizen the right to hear the actual events that are existing in the world. Facsist regimes such as that in Nazi Germany would squash and even kill those who spoke out against it.

The Department of Homeland Security and the US government have killed the voice of Tariq Ramadan in this country. What's the difference? Why is the government censoring the things that Americans hear? What do they not want us to hear? Shouldn't Americans be allowed to make their own decisions about what they see and hear? That's what the constitution says, so I guess it makes sense right? What are we afraid of? Americans need to wake up and start seeing that the suppresion of others and their ideas, also directly violates them and their freedoms promised us by our constitution.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

One does not have to be a proven criminal to be denied entry into the United States. It is a privilege, not a right. The U.S. government deemed Tariq Ramadan inelligible on account, primarily, of his having funded terrorist organizations. I wonder why anyone would want him inside the country with such a personal record.

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