Yesterday I wrote about what appeared to be an unforgivable violation of the constitutional rights of a US Citizen, Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father whose impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention in July called on Americans to reject a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Mr. Khan claimed that his “travel privileges are being reviewed” by U.S. authorities, forcing him to cancel a scheduled speech in Toronto.
The announcement on Monday coincided with President Trump’s rewritten order to temporarily ban entry of citizens from six Muslim-majority nations to the United States. Khan has been a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years and was born in Pakistan, which is not one of the six nations.
Ramsay Talks, the organizer of the event Khan was to speak at, seemed to take Khan at his word on Monday and included a statement from him in a cancellation post on Facebook. “This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad,” said Khan, according to the post. “I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.”
Of course I can’t know the truth, but my goal in writing this blog is to present only factual information. It seems that there may now be some legitimate concern that the original story may be untruthful and/or misleading. In an effort to make full disclosure to everyone reading, please note that there is a legitimate question about the accuracy of the story about Mr. Khan’s travel privileges being under review.