Religion scholars join suit vs. Patriot Act

Groups say Patriot Act being used to stifle academic debate
Highlighting the case of a prominent Muslim scholar barred from a tenured post at Notre Dame, the ACLU and three other groups, including the large American Academy of Religion, have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down a USA Patriot Act clause they say is applied wrongly to stifle academic debate.

The suit was filed January 25 in New York City on behalf of Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss citizen who is currently teaching at Oxford University in England. Ramadan, also a plaintiff in the suit, has been denied a U.S. visa since July of 2004, when he was about to move to South Bend, Indiana, for the faculty position.

The 10,000-member American Academy of Religion said that Ramadan also was to have been an AAR plenary speaker that November but was forced to cancel despite his previous frequent speaking visits to America.


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