Another “moderate” falls from grace: “The sources at Rotterdam city hall said the board of council executives and the mayor feel Ramadan has lost credibility as an adviser on integration issues.”
“Rotterdam fires Tariq Ramadan over Iranian TV show,” by Mark Hoogstad for NRC Handelsblad, August 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The Rotterdam city government wants to break ties with the Muslim philosopher Tariq Ramadan, sources at city hall say.
Ramadan (46) has been an adviser on integration for the city of Rotterdam for two years. Recently, he has come under criticism because he hosts a weekly talk show on the Iranian TV station PressTV, which is financed by the Tehran regime.
The sources at Rotterdam city hall said the board of council executives and the mayor feel Ramadan has lost credibility as an adviser on integration issues. The decision was expected to be made official after a 2 p.m. board meeting on Tuesday.
Rotterdam hired the Egyptian-Swiss theologist to help ‘bridge the divide’ between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The city government also funds Ramadan’s chair at the Erasmus University, where he has been a visiting professor of Identity and Citizenship since 2007.
Ramadan, whose principal message is that Islam and European culture do not have to be at odds, is a controversial figure. He already came under fire in the Netherlands in April because of statements that were allegedly homophobic and misogynistic. …