Academic Freedom and Women's Rights
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To the Editor:
A brief comment on the article by Bruce Craig (April 2006 Perspectives). When I was living back home, I was a member of the ACLU. I still believe that all sorts of views—even those I don’t like—should be allowed to circulate. Nevertheless, please don’t try to make a hero of Tariq Ramadan. I heard him express views concerning the rights of women on French TV that are very different from those of the AHA, in recent years at least. We who supported the AHA cannot have much sympathy for a person who is not sure if women in Saudi Arabia should be stoned to death if they have "faulted" sexually. Oxford may be right to employ him, but I doubt that he will get a position in a French university in the near future.
University of Maryland in Europe (retired)
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