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Too quick to judge, too scared to be objective?

Reader comment on item: Why Revoke Tariq Ramadan's U.S. Visa?

Submitted by Warren (United Kingdom), Sep 8, 2004 at 10:54

I did a quick search around the net to get a feel for what Dr Ramadan has had said about him recently. On the basis of that (and I tried to select fairly mainstream publications) it would seem that the State Department was a little hasty. What is avaliable would suggest that he is no more radical and west bashing than many other professors of a liberal bent, most university liberal arts departments really.

I appreciate that Daniel Pipes can raise the disclaimer of "The State Department must know more than they are telling" but that it is a bit of flag to hide behind, don't you think? If they know more and it was sufficient to deny him a visa, would it not be better to follow those dangerous links by slapping him into Guantanamo Bay? If things were not that bad then just let him sit there and teach. Sure, he might not be a registered Republican, but at least he's where you can find him.

Time 100, "spiritual leaders":
http://www.time.com/time/innovators/spirituality/profile_ramadan.html
(as one example)
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