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July 15, 2005

Moderate Moslem leader refused entry into the US

From the BBC:

British Muslim leader Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi has said he has been refused entry to the US without explanation.

The head of the Muslim College said he flew from London to New York to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York but was turned back.

Dr Badawi said he was detained for six hours on Wednesday and that immigration staff were "very embarrassed".

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had information indicating Dr Badawi was "inadmissible".

Spokeswoman Janet Rapaport said that when problems arose at JFK airport, Dr Badawi voluntarily withdrew his application to enter the country and returned home. ...

Dr Badawi, who is also a leader of the Council of Mosques and Imams, had been due to give a talk entitled The Law and Religion in Society. ...

Dr Badawi appeared with fellow British faith leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, on Sunday to deliver a joint statement condemning last week's "evil terrorist" attacks on London.

He most recently visited the US in 2003 - in the same year he was a guest of the Queen at a state banquet for US President George Bush.

What makes this especially embarrassing is that Badawi has been outspoken in his opposition to Moslem extremism. Even to the point of being condemned by other Moslems. From what I can gather from various sources on the internet he is exactly the kind of Moslem we need to be encouraging and supporting. Hopefully a dignified apology can be sent to Dr. Badawi, that will show that we do respect his efforts, as well as serve as a demonstration to peace loving Moslems, that we also have great respect for them.

Coverage: Outside the Beltway, In the Bullpen, Interested Participant

Related coverage: Right Wing News

NOTE: While Broken Masterpieces covers the story, it appears as if he thinks it was Cat Stevens that was kept out.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 15, 2005 09:02 AM

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