If the UK is inviting a notorious jihad supremo like Tariq Ramadan to sit on an “Advisory Group” on the Orwellian-named “Freedom of Religion,” is it any wonder that I would be banned from speaking in the UK, along with Robert Spencer? Didn’t Prime Minister Cameron just initiate a probe of Muslim Brotherhood activities in the UK? *whiplash*
- Grandson of Hasan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood
- His U.S. visa was revoked due to his numerous connections to Islamic terrorism
- Favors the legal extinction of Israel
Discover the Networks has this: “When speaking to Western audiences, Ramadan preaches an amicable message of unity and mutual respect. But to Arabic-speaking audiences, he vents his deep-seated hatred of the West and his endorsement of Wahhabism, the most extreme form of Islam. Moreover, Ramadan has numerous connections to fundamentalist Islamic militants and is suspected by U.S. intelligence agencies of maintaining ties with the terrorist group al Qaeda.”
Caroline Fourest, a French specialist on Islamic fundamentalism who has meticulously studied all of Ramadan’s writings and speeches, states, in the 2008 book Brother Tariq: the Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan, that Ramadan, like his grandfather (Hasan al-Banna), promotes rigid fundamentalism and can accurately be classified as “a war leader.”
According to Oliver Guitta of The American Thinker:
“Even though Ramadan cannot be charged with terrorism, it is clear that his speeches and tapes broadcasted in a lot of European mosques constitute an incitement to terrorism against the West. He supplies moral support for terrorism, and therefore should be viewed as a very dangerous man, because of the numerous terrorists his views foster…. There is a danger in bringing Ramadan into our Muslim communities, because, with his smooth double language, he might succeed in radicalizing the Muslim community, while charming our naïve Left, as he did so successfully in France.”
In 2006 Ramadan appealed the DHS decision to ban him from the United States. The State Department denied his appeal, this time on the grounds that he had given money to a French pseudo-charity with ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
In a lengthy article in the New Republic, liberal professor Paul Berman detailed the criticism of Ramadan’s views and the criticism they foster. In 2003, Ramadan drew criticism for a televised debate with current French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy challenged Ramadan for an opinion about whether adulteress Muslim women should be stoned to death, as Islamic law dictates. Rather than condemn the practice, Ramadan advocated a moratorium in order to “open a debate and to show that there is a great deal of disagreement between the scholars.” (more here).
“UK Foreign Office Hosts Meeting Including Tariq Ramadan” ByApril 1, 2014
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office announced that last week it hosted the first meeting of a new Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief that includes Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Ramadan. According to the announcement:
March 25, 2014 The Foreign & Commonwealth Office today hosted the first meeting of a new Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Senior Minister of State, Baroness Warsi. The new group, which is a sub-group of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group, is made up of experts in the field and is intended to advise FCO Ministers and staff on how to build on the active approach they already take to promoting and protecting the right to freedom of religion or belief worldwide.
Commenting on the first meeting of the new group, Baroness Warsi said:
Freedom of religion or belief is a personal priority for me. Across the world, people are being singled out and hounded out simply for the faith they follow or the beliefs they hold. The persecution of people because of their faith or belief has, I believe, become a global crisis. I want to make sure we have the best advice available. This is why we have set up this new Advisory Group, made up of real experts in the field, and of those who are working every day in practical ways to defend the right to freedom of religion or belief. I look forward to working with them as we seek to move towards a world where no-one is persecuted for what they believe.
I am pleased to announce the following members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Advisory Group on freedom of religion:
Read the names following.
The GMBDW reported earlier today that UK Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the activities of theMuslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom.
Tariq Ramadan is best described as an independent power center within the Global Muslim Brotherhood who has sufficient stature as the son of Said Ramadan and the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood to challenge positions taken by important Brotherhood leaders. His statements and writings have been extensively analyzed and he has been accused by critics of promoting anti-Semitism and fundamentalism, albeit by subtle means. On the other hand, his supporters promote him as as example of an Islamic reformer who is in the forefront of developing a “Euro Islam.” Ramadan is currently Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). In 2009, Ramadan was dismissed from his positions as an adviser on integration for the city of Rotterdam and from a Dutch University over his role as a talk show host on Iranian TV. A ban on Ramadan traveling to the US was lifted in January 2010 and since then he has appeared a number of times in the US to speak at events organized by various US Muslim Brotherhood organizations. The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CLIE), headed by Ramadan, was launched in January 2012 and represented a significant coming together of Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders Tariq Ramadan and Youssef Qaradawi. A post from May 2013 reported that that two French ministers refused to attend a conference on the future of the EU due to the scheduled attendance of Tariq Ramadan.