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Tariq Ramadan's Looming OC Speech Draws Warning From Muslim Group
by Matt Coker
What the American Islamic Forum for Democracy derides as the "Tariq Ramadan American Islamist Victory Tour 2010" includes a May stop near Disneyland, where American Muslims are being warned by the self-described liberty lovers to "be on guard" as the Swiss academic continues his first U.S. visit since the Obama Administration lifted a six-year ban on his entry.
Ramadan, a professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, is scheduled to give the keynote address on "Islam in the 21st Century: Opportunities & Challenges" at the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California's annual benefit banquet May 15 at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort, which is actually in Garden Grove. (Go here if you want tickets.)
It is the final scheduled appearance in a series of six speeches Ramadan is giving in the U.S. His first is Friday at Cooper Union in New York, where the academic is guest of the ACLU, the American Association of University Professors, the PEN American Center and Slate magazine.
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