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Attacked by Taqiya Ramadan? Wear It As a Badge of Honor.

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Submitted by David L (France), Mar 5, 2007 at 21:16

Dear Doctor Pipes,

I guess it's good that you bother to defend yourself and set the record straight, re Tariq Ramadan's attack, but I hope you're not actually concerned that people would take such charges (from a guy like him) seriously. Anybody who knows even a little about Tariq Ramadan knows how duplicitous and truly devout and adept he is in the use of taqiya. He has the exact same goals that his grandfather had (who started the moslem brotherhood); he's just more sophisticated. He realizes that all-out violent jihad at this point would get moslems tossed out of Europe. But that's very different from being a reformer. He still wants sharia to prevail in the end.

His advocacy for a "temporary moratorium on lapidation" says it all (the subtext being, Brothers, we're not yet populace enough in Europe to insist on lapidation, but time and demographics are on our side, so be patient. Don't scare the Europeans into reactionary mode by inisting on it yet). And of course he knows that the Europeans hear only what they want to hear in that message, i.e., Tariq Ramadan is AGAINST stoning women! Yay! We have a moderate! We have a reformer! Let's support this guy. Let's give him money and prestige.

Ramadan speaks out of both sides of his mouth, as Arafat did, (one message in English (or French) and another in arabic). So, he'll probably also receive the Nobel Peace Prize one day. Personally, I'm delighted that the Department of Homeland Security refused him a visa. (Sorry to hear you weren't a factor in that). I'm disappointed in Notre Dame for offering him a position. And I'm sick that Oxford offered him a position and that he's been able to spead his poison and deception from that seat of learning. Am I imagining things, or do I have a vague memory of hearing you mention Ramadan in the last few years and pointing to him as a moderate and a reformer with whom one could hope to work? I was really surprised, because I've heard him on the radio and gone to his website and I find him sickening and dangerous.

Congratulations on the prize you'll receive in Denmark for defence of freedom of speech! It may be a lesser known prize than the Nobel Peace Prize, but when you consider what a sick joke that laurel has become (with laureats like Arafat and Carter), you're better off with the Danes and their choices and their history than with the Swedes and their choices and their history.

Wish you all the best. Shalom.

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