According to the FBI, a Florida doctor arrested after police found more than 15 homemade explosive devices in his home allegedly drafted a detailed plan to blow up an Islamic educational center.
The secularist arguments behind the hijab ban in France amount to nothing more than a denial of freedoms of expression and choice. Those who look upon the hijab with disdain will now feel at liberty to abuse those who wear it, given that the state legitimises their feelings. This state oppression will alienate the Muslim population in France. It will result in Muslim women being stigmatised. Secular fundamentalism is as abhorrent as religious extremism.
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, without offering an explanation, has revoked a visa that was granted to me to teach at the University of Notre Dame. In Sunday's Chicago Tribune on the Commentary page, Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, provided his 'explanation' for this action. In what follows I respond to his unfounded allegations."
Tariq Ramadan in the Chicago Tribune, 31 August 2004
"Readers of my previous comment on Tariq Ramadan will no doubt have come away with the impression that I don't much like Daniel Pipes. This is not an entirely accurate assessment of my opinion of him. I think Pipes is an unreconstructed bigot and xenophobic fanatic whose academic work fails to meet even the lowest standards of scholarship, whose career has been built on politically driven attacks, and who has set up with his 'Campus Watch' as a terrorist front designed to intimidate academics and ensure that there is as little debate, discussion or rational thought on Israel, US foreign policy or Islam as possible. His reseach and scholarship are not intended to better inform action but to support specific agendas, usually revolving around hating some foreign force or people. Instead of fostering debate, his work is intended to intimidate. Pipes advocates religiously targetted surveillance, he supports making federal university funding conditional on ideology, and he has helped to terrorise professors who are named on his website. In short, I think Pipes is swine."
Scott Martens demolishes Daniel Pipes.
The British Council sacks Harry Cummins after establishing that he was responsible for the Islamophobic diatribes published in the Sunday Telegraph under the pseudonym of "Will Cummins".
"It is mind-boggling that some are still ignoring the facts and falling for the smooth double language of a dangerous fanatic."
Olivier Guitta in The American Thinker, 1 September 2004
"I have written more than 20 books and about 800 articles; 170 tapes of lectures are circulating, and I keep asking my detractors: Have you read or listened to any of my material? Can you prove your allegations? To repeat them is not to prove. Where is the evidence of my double-talk? Have you read any of the numerous articles where I call on Muslims to unequivocally condemn radical views and acts of extremism?" Tariq Ramadan replies to his accusers.
"Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim Martin Luther. That's why Notre Dame, an old institution with a modern Catholic dedication to theological scholarship, hired him."
Paul Donnelly in the Washington Post, 28 August 2004
"It’s not every day that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revokes a visa issued to a Swiss-national scholar scheduled to teach at one of America’s premier universities. But this has just happened, and it’s a good thing too."
Daniel Pipes justifies the banning of the respected Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan.