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Sarkozy bans Muslim cleric from visiting France

Al Akhbar | March 26, 2012

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that influential Qatar-based Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was not welcome in France, adding to concerns that the French leader is fueling Islamophobia.

Egyptian-born Qaradawi, 86, has been invited to visit next month by the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF).

“I told the emir of Qatar himself that this gentleman was not welcome in the territory of the French Republic,” Sarkozy told France Info radio.

Qaradawi, who hosts a popular show on Al-Jazeera satellite television, backed Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and has launched a fund-raising effort for the Syrian opposition.

He had been due to attend the UOIF congress at Le Bourget near Paris on April 6 alongside renowned Egyptian preacher Mahmoud al-Masri.

“I said that a certain number of people, who have been invited to this congress and who maintain or who would like to take positions that are incompatible with the republican ideal, would not be welcome,” Sarkozy said.

Qaradawi, who has close ties with the leadership of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, left the country in the 1960s after being imprisoned by the regime of president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

He is accused of having made homophobic statements and was banned from entering Britain in 2008. He has been banned from entering the United States since 1999.

Sarkozy has fanned right-wing discourse ahead of French presidential elections this year in an attempt to win conservative voters wary of immigration and France’s large Muslim population.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan recently accused the French leader of inciting racism and Islamophobia in a bid to get re-elected.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

March 26, 2012 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Islamophobia | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Sorry for asking but, really, what’s the problem here?!… France is a sovereign nation that has the right to decide which foreign visitor gets into France and which doesn’t…

    Considering the fact that Yusuf al-Qaradawi is know to be, at least, “controversial” and considering the recent events in France I can’t say I blame the French for keeping this guy out of France…

    Comment by King Edward | March 26, 2012 | Reply

  2. Religion , the Ultimate Proof of Stupidity !
    Say it over and over again until the dogma peels off your brain and drops in the trashcan where it belongs !

    If we consider that it is a Mental illness to imagine things and persons around us when we Can see they are not , than Any religion qualifies as a mental disability Hence needs Medical Attention ASAP !

    Snap out of it and send the ‘clerk’ back into the Dark Ages where he belongs .

    LOL , They think that gods DIE or suffer pain ( like the Cheap Drama on the Cross ) !!
    And they have no problem with religion telling them that the GOOD god Tolerates AND Created evil and satan never mind cancer , deadly viruses and bacteria , earthquakes and volcanos , tornados and … Jack the Ripper among many other f**ked-up humans !
    ALL the creation of a GOOD god !! MY ASS !!

    Bull Cookies , Let Me introduce You to my Master , the Pink Spotted Unicorn ( PISU ) , be careful not to step on it !

    BAN ALL religions !
    Replace it with Free Beer , the Vatican Has the money !!

    Oh , here is another ‘detail’ of what religion ‘breeds’ , a Must read&spread :

    http://conspiracy.co/forums/main-wall/10386-parents-ultimate-criminals.html

    Save me a front seat in Hell , next to you !
    To All religious Replies : ABSTAIN !

    Comment by Doru | March 26, 2012 | Reply

  3. But Wait a minute , it just occurred to me !
    There is something Terribly wrong with this picture !

    Most of the Earth population is religious !

    WHAT ??! And we live in Hellish Societies under the terror of a vast assortment of criminals , going through wars And Crusades while living children starving …
    Hey , religious people , what the … hell are You doing to our specie and lives ?

    How come Even if you are the Vast Majority on Earth Yet your societies SUCK ( to the point that you call ‘ infidels ‘ the people like me that lough at you ) ??

    Comment by Doru | March 26, 2012 | Reply


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