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Notre Dame: True to its mission

Observer Viewpoint | Monday, August 30, 2004

As we left for the summer, the Muslim students of Notre Dame were anxiously awaiting the coming of fall and the arrival of Professor Tariq Ramadan, probably the foremost moderate and progressive Muslim intellectual of our time. Though it is sad to learn the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to clamp down on the freedom of expression enjoyed and cherished by American academics, it is also heartening to see the manner in which the students, the faculty members and the administration of this University have united in opposing this undemocratic decision of the government. We cannot thank the Notre Dame community enough for all that it has done to hold true to its values of academic freedom and to foster a climate that encourages dialogue and understanding in the current global atmosphere of hatred and violence.

In continuing with these efforts, the Muslim Student Association is drafting a letter to members of Congress and Senate to petition against the DHS’s decision to revoke Professor Ramadan’s visa. Thank you for all your support and peace be upon you.

Sarah Shafiq,

Khalifa al-Hosani

Nahyan Fancy

Officers of the Muslim Student Association of Notre Dame

Aug. 30