| The Persecution of Tariq Ramadan
| Thursday, February 08, 2018
Jihad Watch : An open letter is now circulating, in English, French, and Arabic, in
support of Tariq Ramadan, who has been under investigation for nearly
five months, and has just been charged in Paris with raping two Muslim
It is a remarkable letter, obtuse and indecent, and deserves to
be better known. So far, 27,000 of his admirers have signed it.
“Instead of confronting him in open debate”? Actually a great
many people have been eager to “confront him in open debate.” Among
those who have engaged in very public — televised — debates with Tariq
Ramadan are Nicholas Sarkozy, Ibn Warraq, Christopher Hitchens, Douglas
Murray, Maryam Namazie, Alain Finkielkraut, Alain Minc, Richard Dawkins,
and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. And while I know of no one who has tried to avoid
debating Tariq Ramadan, it is Ramadan himself who has sometimes avoided
debating an opponent he deemed too formidable.
He backed out of a
scheduled debate with Hitchens in 2007 (Hitchens did manage, finally, to
arrange a debate with Ramadan in 2011). Most significantly, Ramadan has
repeatedly ignored Robert Spencer’s challenge to join him in an “open
debate,” a challenge that was first made to Ramadan back in May 2012, and that remains open, having been repeated since.
Ramadan has never replied. What “underhanded methods” have been used to discredit him as a
Muslim intellectual? The main discrediting of Tariq Ramadan has been
entirely of his own doing. Is it “underhanded” to quote back to the
Janus-faced Ramadan contradictory statements that he has made on a
topic, depending on whether the audience was Muslim or Western?
By far the greatest discrediting of Tariq Ramadan as a “Muslim
intellectual” has come from Ramadan himself, who offers the following
Deep Thoughts (helpfully compiled by Robert Spencer), which qualify him not as an “intellectual” at all but rather, as Spencer suggests, a writer of Hallmark-card sentiments.
Read it all here..................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:16 AM