The ACLU went to court today on behalf of Tariq Ramadan, a leading Muslim scholar denied entry to the U.S., like scores of other writers, artists and activists, for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy under a Bush-era practice of "ideological exclusion." Barring people on the basis of their ideas, said ACLU attorney Melissa Goodman, "sends the message that the United States is more interested in silencing its foreign critics than engaging them in thoughtful
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