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Moderate Muslims Oppose UK Ban on Anti-Islamic Speakers
When the United Kingdom banned entry to two fervent critics of Islam, Robert Spencer of JihadWatch.org and Pamela Geller of the Atlas Shrugs blog, outspoken defenders of free speech were shocked and outraged. But surprisingly, among those speaking out against the UK's ban and censorship of the two were Muslims that sharply disagree with them.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and President of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy told The Clarion Project that the British government was acting like "servants of the entire global Islamist movement." He views the ban as "patrionizing" to Muslims because it assumes Muslims can't handle their ideas.
"The only antidote to bad or disagreeable speech is better speech," Jasser said. "I have deep and profound disagreements with both Spencer and Geller on Islam and many of their generalizations about Muslims. In fact, I have publicly debated Spencer on April 2, 2011 on the issue of Islam mediated by Andrew McCarthy. However, every British Muslim who believes in real liberty and freedom should be utterly offended by their Home Secretary who believes that their British and Muslim views are not worthy or capable of engaging or offsetting the ideas of Spencer or Geller."
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