Un-Barred! Tariq Ramadan in New York City

Posted by John Rosenthal

In what was billed as “his first U.S. appearance since the Bush administration barred him from the country in 2004,” Tariq Ramadan spoke last night to a nearly full house at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union in New York City. The main purpose of the event appeared to be for the sponsoring organizations to congratulate themselves on their ostensible championing of Ramadan’s free speech rights. The best proof indeed that Tariq Ramadan’s free speech poses no threat to the American homeland was provided by his own presentation, which was, above all, distinguished by its brevity and its utter vacuousness. But the premise that Ramadan’s “exclusion” from the United States was a function of his ideas or opinions is clearly belied by numerous details of his case.

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