Once again the controversial Tariq Ramadan whose grandfather was among the founders of the Muslim Brotherhood and his great uncle was a noted liberal Islamic reformer is the center of controversy. The city of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University had decided to fire him as a community adviser and a visiting lecturer in religion. The Swiss lecturer and theologian has been accused of talking “moderate” when with Westerners and “radical” when in the presence of Muslims. He has been hailed by some as a Muslim Martin Luther King and by others as an anti-Semite who associates with terrorists.
The Dutch city and university accused Ramadan of supporting the present Iranian government despite its horrible attacks on Iranians who protested recent elections. Ramadan insists he is against the repression of reformers and supports Iran’s “long march… toward transparency and respect for human rights.”
Let’s face it, these days being a Muslim moderate opens one for attacks from numerous directions. In all honesty, we do not know if Ramadan is a radical Muslim or someone seeking to present diverse viewpoints. Allow the public to decide who he is, not political leaders.