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HERE IS EXACTLY WHY THE PATRIOT ACT IS PERVERSE AND ANTI-DEMOCRATIC.
NOTRE-DAME DECIDED TO HIRE THIS INTELLECTUAL BUT THE SUPPOSEDLY DEMOCRATIC BUSH GOVENMENT STOMPED ALL OVER NOTRE DAME`S RIGHTS OF CHOICE AND INTELLECTUAL EXPLORATION - DAMN THE PATRIOT ACT!!!!!

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Reuters
Islamic Scholar, Visa Withheld, Gives Up U.S. Post

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) - A prominent Swiss-based Islamic scholar on Tuesday gave up plans to teach at a leading U.S. university after waiting in vain for a visa and accused the Bush administration of trying to silence him.

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Tariq Ramadan, an intellectual influential among Muslims throughout Europe, said he had sent a letter of resignation earlier this week to University of Notre Dame in Indiana, where he had been due to take up a tenured post as professor of religion.

Ramadan was issued a U.S. visa last May, but it was revoked with little explanation in early August -- days before he was to move to the United States -- after the Department of Homeland Security changed its position.

Notre Dame, a Catholic university, said then it was "deeply disappointed and concerned," but was optimistic the issue would be resolved and Ramadan would be allowed to take up his post.

The withdrawal of the visa triggered protests in intellectual circles, and Ramadan said the U.S. authorities had encouraged him to re-apply.

He was interviewed in early October at the U.S. embassy in the Swiss capital, Berne, but had heard nothing since then and had now given up, he told Reuters.

"I sent a letter of resignation ... This has been extremely difficult for my family," said Ramadan, speaking in Geneva where he has lived in limbo with his wife and four children since their furniture was sent to South Bend, site of the university.

"The U.S. administration does not want my voice heard. I consider this an attack on academic freedom," he added.

NO DECISION IN VIEW

A University of Notre Dame official was told recently by a contact in the State Department that no decision on the visa was in view, leading him to abandon his plans, he said.

Ramadan, who is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, the Egyptian founder of the first modern Islamic radical group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has condemned the use of violence in the name of Islam.

Nevertheless, he is a controversial figure even in Europe. Critics in the media in France -- home to some five million Muslims and where Ramadan is particularly well known -- have portrayed him as two-faced, preaching a moderate Islam in French but a fundamentalist, radical Islam in Arabic.

On Tuesday he said his aim was to promote dialogue and build bridges. "I am a voice for dialogue, for reconciling universes. It is the basis of my work.

IN REVOKING THE VISA, THE U.S. AUTHORITIES MERELY CITED THE PATRIOT ACT, AN ANTI-TERRORISM LAW ADOPTED BY CONGRESS IN OCTOBER 2001. (capital letters my addition) (IN MY VIEW THIS IS A PERFECT ACT OF CREEPING FASCISM)

"I expect the U.S. authorities to clear my name because there is nothing in my file (to justify that)," he said.

He was named head of the program in religion, conflict and peace-building at the Joan Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. It was set up by the billionaire widow of Ray Kroc, founder of the fast-food chain McDonald`s.

He was also named professor in Islamic studies in the university`s classics department.

"We have seen no evidence that he poses any threat to our national security. In fact, we believe the world could be a safer place if he is allowed to continue his work," Scott Appleby, director of the Kroc Institute, said in a letter posted on its Web site in late August.

"Tariq Ramadan is a strong but moderate voice in a world plagued by extremism," he added.

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JUST ANOTHER INSULT TO OUR INTELLIGENCE

CAT STEVENS - NOW NAMED YUSEF ALI - THE GREAT SONGWRITER AND SINGER FROM THE USA IN THE VIETNAM ERA - WHO CONVERTED TO THE MUSLIM RELIGION - WAS DENIED ENTRANCE INTO THE USA FROM BRITAIN BECAUSE HE WAS PLACED ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST. WE ARE BECOMING A NATION OF RACISTS - I DON`T MEAN POCKETS OF RACISM, I MEAN GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED ANTI-ISLAMIC RACISM OF A HUGE SCALE - THOSE THAT IGNORE HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT - WAKE UP AMERICA
PCDOC JON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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rebekkah @ 2004-12-14 12:15 said:

thank you for calling attention to this story, pcdoc

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ann279 @ 2004-12-14 12:18 said:

Leave it to the bushies to kill any intellectual freedom...they are incurious and linear.

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doggie @ 2004-12-14 12:21 said:

Hi Jon, can´t believe it....
Missing you, babe.

love
Rachel

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tatianaf @ 2004-12-14 12:48 said:

It`s unbelievable. When we think that we can`t have more surprises, US government just come up with something new!!
Don`t worry Jon! The important thing is to take care of yourself first of all, then you can come back to stay closer to us!! :)
My best thoughts for you!! Hugs/Tati

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cowberry @ 2004-12-14 12:52 said:

I hope you are doing fine.
The story you are telling is really sad.

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zimnoch @ 2004-12-14 13:17 said:

Thank You Sir! Neutral-Tones A Speciality! :)

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all_one @ 2004-12-14 14:08 said:

Thanks Jon
I have a gal friend who has "MS".... Stanford and others have been experimenting on her for years!! I can relate to what your going through and have a lot of sympathy for people in such positions. Thank you for sharing your experiences and keep inspiring us. That is the ones that aren`t going through physical & mental hell that I`m sure you are!!
like I said........hang in there!!!!!!!

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jgf527 @ 2004-12-14 23:01 said:

the silence of the lambs.

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athomic @ 2004-12-14 23:15 said:

Sheesh! Makes you wonder where we`re all gonna be in 4 years, heh?

Thanks for the comment on my flog. I wish you all the best, that you may keep your will strong to fight this right wing bullshit! Right on!

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pcdoc @ 2004-12-14 23:31 said:

JUST ANOTHER INSULT TO OUR INTELLIGENCE

CAT STEVENS - NOW NAMED YUSEF ALI - THE GREAT SONGWRITER AND SINGER WHO CONVERTED TO MUSLIM RELIGION WAS DENIED ENTRANCE INTO THE USA FROM BRITAIN BECAUSE HE WAS PLACED ON A TERRORIST LIST BECAUSE HE ALLEGEDLY GAVE MONEY DONATIONS TO A TERRORIST CHARITY - ALL HE WANTED TO DO WAS VISIT HIS AMERICAN FAMILY IN THE USA -WE ARE BECOMING A NATION OF RACISTS - I DON`T MEAN POCKETS OF RACISM, I MEAN GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED ANTI-ISLAMIC RACISM OF A HUGE SCALE - THOSE THAT IGNORE HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT - WAKE UP AMERICA
PCDOC JON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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nobody000 @ 2004-12-15 14:27 said:

Hi dear Jon
I hope you are doing fine
Thanks for your comment and email . I will send email very soon.

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jgf527 @ 2004-12-17 01:43 said:

anti-islamic racism is only the tip of the iceberg. no chance of anyone waking up soon. from a snake, expect snake behavior. (he walked slowly out of the room, no one would miss him.)

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widderson @ 2004-12-17 07:44 said:


the really sad thing is, that we in Europe know much more of stuff like that than you do. As long as you have only little alternatives to fox news your government will keep you stupid successfully. If you want some links in english, feel free to email me.

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loved_ones @ 2004-12-17 14:45 said:

Evening Jon - Hope you feel better today, Im sorry to hear that you have such pain. If you want to, Im willing to adopt you, at least start a discussion about it... :) There is so much things I want to do, som many places I want to be in... and so little I can do... Someone said that the best thing we all can do is to take care of our self and do what we think is right ... I try, and I know you are - but sometimes you suffer to much for other I think... Take great care of your healt first of all, so you are strong enought to give to other what you give to your self. I know the feelings you have - all to well... someday we will have that discussion Jon :)
This thing about Cat Stevens.... This was a long time ago as I recall.... Maybe its like widderson says... the europeen knows other things than you do... suprise me.... Im a bit naiv I guess.
Love and a nice weekend Jon

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pcdoc @ 2004-12-18 01:06 said:

TO YVONNE AND OTHERS

I live to be a friend to people who want or need a friend. I have come to terms with my own problems and I am not trying to cure the world, I am trying to find new friends to share feelings and love with. That is what makes me feel best, so be assured that I take better care of myself than anyone knows, even if I have pain that gets worse at times, and will never go away. When I find friends to share e-mails with I feel less pain during the time I am sharing feelings through e-mails and chatting. I hope you understand this so people will stop telling me I should heal myself before I can go out and heal the world, which will never be my intention, the world will have to heal its self, but the people in it can still find each other and share, just to share love heals some of us.
I love you all, just love as much as you can, as the thing missing in this world is transcendent love.
regards
jon and companions

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uvalde43 @ 2004-12-19 00:58 said:

Thanks for running this. I`d heard about it earlier on DemocracyNow! my best source of what`s
really happening.
it`s good to run this over & over because it takes
awhile for it to sink in...Bill Moyers gave his
final broadcast on `NOW`, a PBS program, last
night. It went into detail how Fox, Clear Channel,
etc. was foisting opinions, not researched news
at the public, & they were eating it up.
Still doesn`t make it true, though.
We`re in a messy mess, so splash hard & fling
some mud back at `em!

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reporter @ 2004-12-19 03:39 said:

Wonderful photo and story my friend.Thanks for your visit my friend.

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all_one @ 2004-12-19 07:36 said:

hahahaha........wet your appetite....more to come!!!

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justforme @ 2004-12-19 16:29 said:

Evening Jon, I dont want to master you in any way, its a bit difficult to express what I think and mean in your language. Just want you to feel as good as possible - and Im sure you do it in the way you feel the best of - sorry if I said something that offend you in any way.

Wish you a nice evening and hope you have had a good day... Love

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all_one @ 2004-12-22 17:54 said:

YES JON WE DO HAVE VERY HARSH CONDITIONS IN P.A.
yesterday it got down to 39F !!!!
M
Have a nice Xmas .........

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wattwurm @ 2004-12-24 05:44 said:

I learned at anytime USA = land of free and freedom???? This seems centuries ago....

When I was there for a longer time (1982-87) nobody exspected later those bloody idiots in an administration....

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buster @ 2004-12-24 12:41 said:

well, thank god they stopped cat stevens. so i guess it was worthwhile. someone said gordon lightfoot`s next. peace train, holy roller, night on the peace train.

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broccoli @ 2005-01-16 22:00 said:

yes, I`d heard of this story through the BBC -
Bush`s government ban moderate islamic intellectuals and invade countries unconnected with 9-11, meanwhile Osama bin Laden roams free and rejoices at Bush`s re-election... they might as well be working together.

thanks for being a voice of sanity Jon
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