(NEW YORK, NY, 10/25/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today urged Muslim New Yorkers and all people of conscience to support prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, whose visa revocation by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denied the internationally-respected academic a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame.
DHS initially revoked Ramadan’s visa pursuant the “ideological exclusion” provision of the Patriot Act which bars foreign scholars’ entry into the US based on their political views.
“Ideological exclusion is a form of censorship at the border that violates Americans’ protected right to speech and has no place in a democracy that prides itself on the robust exchange of ideas,” said Jameel Jaffer, Ramadan’s lawyer and Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “Everybody loses when we limit face-to-face conversation and debate with foreign scholars like Professor Ramadan whose work around Muslim issues is a critical part of today’s international dialogue.”
“Censoring political debate has a chilling effect on open dialogue that is a necessary precursor to building bridges of understanding,” said Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. “We stand in firm support of Dr. Ramadan on principles of free speech.”
SUPPORT Tariq Ramadan by attending his hearing.
WHAT: Tariq Ramadan’s Hearing
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2007, 2:30 p.m. EST
WHERE: Daniel Patrick Moynihan Rm 14 C U.S. Courthouse 500 Pearl Street New York, NY
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali 212-870-2002, email@example.com.