Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Tariq Ramadan vs. Ayaan Hirsi Ali

From the ever-insightful blog Islamophobia Watch

Hirsi and Ramadan squared off in Sweden June 16 about the "future of Islam in Europe."

Hirsi: "Why are large groups of Muslims leaving their countries? Nearly all Muslim countries are tyrannies, authoritarian, or failed states. Islamic states are in a terrible crisis. There is a lack of freedom; a lack of knowledge; and there is a subjugation of women. No wonder people leave."

Ramadan's response: "Islam is a European religion. The Muslims came here after the first and second world wars to rebuild Europe, not to colonise. It is a mistake to deny complexity. When we speak about Islam we speak about terrorism; you are focusing on the few who are destroying and not the millions who are building. Muslims are in great majority law-abiding."

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