Even though two people with tickets were turned away for being ‘non-Muslim’, one can”t ALWAYS tell one’s religion based on skin color, ethnic background or native language spoken. (Many thanks to the individual involved; it adds to all of our understanding of Muslims). The following tapes are of Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. (Here is Ramadon’s Wikipedia entry; read carefully on the court cases that initially revoked his visas here- and, after Obama’s election, was restored, setting a dangerous precedence for subverting consular decisions, which are often based on sources that cannot be revealed).
There is nothing completely earth-shattering here; certainly nothing warranting the outright rejection of non-Muslim ticket holders at the door. However, the general tone is one not one of cultural assimilation (which he wrongly assumes inherently destroys one religion; just ask the tens of millions of Chinese Christians, or American Buddhists, or African-American Jews) And, starting about 2:15 on the third video, listen to the ‘messaging’ on ‘Moderate Muslims’. Much of the rest is not super-spicy. Ironically, he think the Tea Party wants to isolate Muslim; what most concerns many of us is the unwillingness by most Muslims to culturally assimilate. These tapes will hopefully help with all our understanding of the Muslim viewpoint- not all of which is negative.
Also, realize they knew several video cameras were running and couldn’t count on all of them friendly. Feel free to discuss below, but keep it polite and reasoned, or deletions WILL occur.