- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your article on Swiss-born Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan belies the man’s true message (“U.S. Muslims urged to engage in culture,” Page 1, April 28).

Mr. Ramadan calls for Islamic ethics in our health care reform and then says he’s not for Shariah (Islamic law). One need look no further than daily life in Saudi Arabia, where Shariah is the law of the land, to see what such law entails.

Mr. Ramadan is banned in Egypt and unwelcome in France and the Netherlands. Last summer, he was fired from a teaching post at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and from the Rotterdam city council’s “integration adviser” post because it became known he was being paid by Iran’s Press TV (a station similar to Al Jazeera) to appear on a regular program where he often promoted jihad and anti-Semitism.

Mr. Ramadan is also a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research along with his good friend Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has been banned in the United States since 1999 and is the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist group.

The next time you extol Mr. Ramadan, perhaps you should acquaint your readers with the man’s history.

JANE HOGAN

Keysville, Va.


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