US lifts visa restriction on Tariq Ramadan


by Sunny
23rd January, 2010 at 11:47 am    

Six years after using the Patriot Act to revoke the visa of a prominent Muslim academic, the United States State Department reversed itself and said Wednesday that it would no longer bar the scholar from entering the United States.

Civil rights campaigners have long argued that the two cases were particularly blatant examples of how the Bush administration used the Patriot Act as a way to bar people whose political views were at odds with its own.

New York Times reports. Good move by Obama.


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  1. marvin — on 23rd January, 2010 at 5:44 pm  

    I wonder when the Brown Labour administration will remove U.S. radio DJs from their ban lists?

  2. Old Pickler — on 24th January, 2010 at 2:28 am  

    This would be Tariq “Moratorium on stoning” Ramadan.

    Not impressed.

  3. Sunny — on 24th January, 2010 at 4:22 am  

    Of course you’re not Old Pickler. Where do you stand on Geert Wilders being banned by the way?

  4. Martin Sullivan — on 24th January, 2010 at 6:47 am  

    Is this a matter of being fair to Moratorium-on-Stoning Brother Tariq or simply exhibiting a little public djimmitude so soon after announcing that some of those enjoying their stay in Gitmo will have their sojourn there extended?

  5. KB Player — on 24th January, 2010 at 12:58 pm  

    I don’t think he should be banned. It would be fun though every time he turned up to speak wherever women chucked styrofoam* stones at him. They could offer him a moratorium when he started to denounce that kind of punishment.

    *Actually I don’t think those would travel very well. Stone shaped bits of chewing gum perhaps? Short of actual stones that hurt, of course, ‘cos they’re only to be chucked at women who misbehave.

  6. lfc4life — on 24th January, 2010 at 2:27 pm  

    If someone disagrees with US foreign policy it should not be an excuse to ban them from a country like the US.

  7. Old Pickler — on 25th January, 2010 at 12:34 am  

    Of course you’re not Old Pickler. Where do you stand on Geert Wilders being banned by the way?

    He isn’t banned – it was rightly overturned. And Geert Wilders has not advocated violence against anyone. Ramadan, by not condemning stoning, has done just that.

  8. Old Pickler — on 25th January, 2010 at 12:36 am  

    It would be fun though every time he turned up to speak wherever women chucked styrofoam* stones at him.

    Nice one.

  9. Sunny — on 25th January, 2010 at 6:15 am  

    Ramadan, by not condemning stoning, has done just that.

    No he hasn’t, and you’re simply trying to reduce what he said to an advocation of violence – while ignoring what Geert Wilders said about “encouraging voluntary repatriation” and turning us into another version of Saudi Arabia.
    http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/4470

    But then that doesn’t surprise me either.

  10. Old Pickler — on 25th January, 2010 at 7:38 pm  

    Encouraging voluntary repatriation isn’t violence. Stoning is.

  11. Nyrone — on 26th January, 2010 at 9:24 pm  

    Finally, commonsense prevails.

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