Two French Ministers Will Not Attend Conference With Tariq Ramadan

Two French Ministers Will Not Attend Conference With Tariq Ramadan

Posted: 07 May 2013 12:14 PM PDT

UK media is reporting that two French ministers will not attend a conference tomorrow on the future of the EU due to the scheduled attendance of Tariq Ramadan. According to a report by The Independent:

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07 MAY 2013  He is an Islamic scholar who teaches at Oxford University and a former member of a working group on extremism set up by Tony Blair. Time magazine once described him as the ‘leading thinker’ among Europe’s second and third-generation Muslim immigrants.

Yet two French ministers have suddenly announced that they will not attend a conference in Florence tomorrow on the future of the European Union because of the presence of the scholar, Tariq Ramadan. He is due to be a panellist at the conference, entitled The State of the Union, speaking about ‘migration, identity and integration’.

The French Interior Minister Manuel Valls and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the Women’s Rights Minister who is also a government spokeswoman, informed organisers on Monday evening that they were pulling out, saying they had ‘not been informed’ of Professor Ramadan’s attendance. The philosopher is a controversial figure who has been accused of advocating violence and for some years was banned from entering France.

A French  right-wing MP attending the conference, Bruno Le Maire, told Le Monde: ‘I’m not in the habit of yielding to people whose views I don’t share – I fight them.’ A spokesperson for the European University Institute, which is organising the forum along with Le Monde and the Financial Times, said the French ministers’ decision was ‘regrettable’. Others attending the conference include European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.”

Tariq Ramadan is best described as an independent power center within the Global Muslim Brotherhood who has sufficient stature as the son of Said Ramadan and the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood to challenge positions taken by important Brotherhood leaders. His statements and writings have been extensively analyzed and he has been accused by critics of promoting anti-Semitism and fundamentalism, albeit by subtle means. On the other hand, his supporters promote him as as example of an Islamic reformer who is in the forefront of developing a “Euro Islam.” Ramadan is currently Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). In 2009, Ramadan was dismissed from his positions as an adviser on integration for the city of Rotterdam and from a Dutch University over his role as a talk show host on Iranian TV. A ban on Ramadan traveling to the US was lifted in January 2010 and since then he has appeared a number of times in the US to speak at events organized by various US Muslim Brotherhood organizations. The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CLIE), headed by Ramadan, was launched in January 2012 and represented a  significant coming together of Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders Tariq Ramadan and Youssef Qaradawi.

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Some call him the “Martin Luther” of Islam. Last year, “British Prospect” and the U.S.’s ” Foreign Policy” magazines ranked him number 8 out of the world’s top 100 contemporary intellectuals; Time Magazine went as far to say that he is one of the top 100 innovators of the 21st Century. Tariq Ramadan is an advisor to the UN on Islam and secular issues, and currently serves as a professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University in England. He is also the author of books such as “Western Muslims, and the Future of Islam”, “To Be a European Muslim “, and “Jihad, Violence, War and Peace in Islam”, and “Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation”; he’s contributes to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, as well. Ramadan speaks of his varied background – his great-uncle is a reformer of Islam, and his grandfather, a slain founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. He shares his own thoughts on Egypt and why it’s not a democracy, but why creating sustainable “democracies” is the ultimate solution for the Muslim World. Ramadan asks citizens of the Middle East to stop pleading victimhood, and start demanding free and fair elections. He declares that Turkey is “a European country”, though he’s not optimistic that Turkey will accede to the EU in the next 10 years.


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  • Marcel Bedard  On May 10, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Wy Ramadan the faker oh so much smoke don’t believe this double
    Fake wy noting on mass murder of chretiens in is great Egypt the rape of young girls chretiens
    Wy no whords of the coup is preparing whit Justin Trudeau they have inter agenda to take control of Canada
    Ramadan is the worst basterd on this planet. Never trust this double talk

    • swissdefenceleague  On May 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      A Snake..Simply A Snake That Seduce many…Too Many ! He has to be put to light !
      Thanks for your comment Marcel.

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