Hillary Clinton fought for visa for radical Islamist – who has now been charged with rape

February 11, 2018

Hillary Clinton fought for visa for radical Islamist – who has now been charged with rape Alex Hanson / CCL

Progressive immigration policies that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants and fail to protect the U.S. border put American citizens in danger every day — and liberals like Hillary Clinton let it happen.

After French authorities arrested Islamist scholar Tariq Ramadan last week for raping two women, Americans are now questioning why then-Secretary of State Clinton dismissed warnings from the Department of Homeland Security and fought so hard to allow this radical jihadist to enter the U.S.

Opening the door to radical Islam

In 2010, Secretary Clinton reversed a six-year George W. Bush-era ban that barred Muslim professor Tariq Ramadan from U.S. entry.

This calculated risk was part of a formalized effort by the Barack Obama administration to improve relations with Muslims around the world.

State Department spokesman Darby Holladay explained the decision in an official statement:

Both the president and the secretary of State have made it clear that the U.S. government is pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect. We’ll let that action speak for itself.

The implication, of course, was that former President Bush pursued a heavy-handed, xenophobic policy that inappropriately targeted Muslims. The “virtuous” Obama administration would right these historical wrongs by reevaluating every Muslim previously excluded from their right to travel to America — including Ramadan.

Who is this guy?

Ramadan is a Swiss citizen who holds degrees in philosophy and religion, and studied at Egypt’s famed Al Azhar Islamic University. His father, Said Ramadan, founded the Islamic Geneva Center in 1961, which later became a “launching pad” for Muslim Brotherhood projects and was closely associated with a bank that funded terrorists around the world.

In addition, Ramadan is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna, and he used this genealogical connection to become a leading Muslim scholar in the Islamic world. French authorities temporarily withheld Ramadan’s visa in the 1990s for fostering suspected ties to Algerian extremists, though this ban was soon lifted.

U.S. immigration authorities temporarily withheld Ramadan’s visa in 2004 when he was offered a tenured teaching position at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Two years later, Ramadan was denied a new visa application after customs officials alleged that he donated $1,300 to the Swiss-based Association de Secours Palestinien, a supposed charity which has been accused of providing material support to the internationally recognized terrorist group Hamas.

The ACLU gets involved

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) represented Ramadan in a lawsuit against the State Department and Department of Homeland Security. The ACLU challenged the visa ban by arguing that their Swiss-born client was denied entry based upon his “political views.”

After Clinton reversed this travel injunction, the ACLU exulted in their triumph.

“We see Secretary Clinton’s decision as a recognition that the [exclusion was] illegitimate to begin with,” ACLU attorney Jameel Jafaar gloated.

Ramadan was similarly convinced that Clinton’s intervention completely exonerated him of any wrongdoing. Citing his criticism of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ramadan called the six-year visa ban “nothing more than a pretense to prohibit me from speaking critically about American government policy on American soil.”

Hiding behind a “polished media persona”

However, many moderate American Muslims remained unconvinced that Clinton did the right thing by rolling out the red carpet for Ramadan. Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, chairman of the board of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, argued that Clinton “gave fuel to global Islamists who make specious claims attacking American foreign policy.”

Jasser elaborated on his distaste for Ramadan, questioning the Islamist speaker’s radical and undying commitment to Sharia law — fundamentalist Islamic values that some argue are incompatible with Western living. He said:

As a Muslim, I don’t believe that a majority of Muslims agree with Ramadan. Ultimately, I hope and pray if he gets more exposure in the United States that we really start to have a public discourse not between Tariq Ramadan and non-Muslims, but between Tariq Ramadan and Muslims that separate mosque and state that are looking to modernize Islam…and truly having public discussions about the harm and the threat of political Islam and its contribution to terror.

Jasser is not alone in condemning Ramadan’s radical worldview, and dozens of Western scholars and public figures have accused him of hiding his perverse extremist views behind a “polished media persona.”

In an article for The New Republic, leftist professor Paul Berman wrote that the Swiss scholar’s critics “suspect that clandestinely Ramadan, too, entertains the larger pop-eyed more-than-theological project: a world dominated by Islam, with his Muslim counterculture serving as the future empire’s fifth column within Europe, under the ultimate control of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

However, Clinton dismissed these voices in favor of furthering Obama’s agenda, giving Ramadan free reign in America. This decision began to appear ill-advised four months ago when two women came forward with explosive charges against the 55-year-old theologian.

Rape of a vulnerable person

Following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, when women throughout the West felt empowered to come forward to name their abusers, French author Henda Ayari composed a Facebook post detailing how Ramadan sexually assaulted her. Ayari said that the rape occurred in a Paris hotel room in 2012, and she followed up the social media bombshell by filing charges with police in her hometown of Rouen.

A second unnamed woman came forward shortly after Ayari’s accusation, detailing how Ramadan invited her to his hotel room in Lyon after a 2009 religious conference. The 45-year-old convert to Islam told authorities that she was subsequently raped and beaten by Ramadan.

Both women report being intimidated into silence by their abuser.

Ramadan’s second accuser suffers from a disability which requires the use of a cane. As a result of this handicap, Ramadan could be charged with the “rape of a vulnerable person,” a crime which carries additional jail time.

“Migrant rape crisis”

The horrendous rape of these two unsuspecting women is, unfortunately, a byproduct of the “migrant rape crisis” occurring in European countries with particularly liberalized immigration policies.

After opening their borders to an unprecedented number of economic migrants from the Middle East and North Africa, German authorities began reporting an average of 10 sex crimes per day from these foreign-born residents — a number that some monitors contend is vastly underreported.

Before Tariq Ramadan was arrested by French authorities for raping these two women, then-Secretary of State Clinton personally fought to allow this radical jihadist to enter the U.S., dismissing warnings from the Department of Homeland Security as xenophobic attacks on Muslims.

Clinton personally intervened to allow Ramadan to entering the U.S., and her reckless disregard for the safety of Americans was finally made clear last week when Ramadan was charged for the brutal rapes.

It’s a good thing Clinton isn’t running the State Department any longer.


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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Yahoo News.