Tariq Ramadan: Islam & the West45:32

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Ramadan talks about Muslims, America, and the future. Plus, we hear from the scene of Chile's dramatic mine rescue.

Tariq Ramadan in New York, April 8, 2010. (AP)
Tariq Ramadan in New York, April 8, 2010. (AP)

Tariq Ramadan makes people stand up and listen. The outspoken Islamic thinker, leader and lightning rod was banned from the U.S. by the Bush administration.

But his voice kept on rising. Now he’s in the country, today with us, and he’s preaching a message of peace and pluralism.

He's telling American Muslims to have faith in America. And he's telling all Americans that Islam and the West can get along.

He has his doubters, his skeptics – some quite harsh – that call it sweet talk.  But Ramadan says his message is very real and urgently important.

Plus, late in the hour, we go to Chile to check in on the mining rescue.
-Tom Ashbrook

Tariq Ramadan, professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He's president of the European Muslim Network, a Brussels-based think tank. His new books are "The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism" and "What I Believe."

Closing segment:

We check in on the dramatic rescue at the mine in Copiapo, Chile, with CBS correspondent Seth Doane.

This program aired on October 13, 2010.