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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 

Brandeis University shuns Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Another outrageous attack on a courageous woman, this time at the grounds of a complex named after a judge who defended free speech:
Brandeis University — an institution named after Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis, a famed defender of free speech — has canceled plans to award an honorary degree to scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is known for her scathing criticisms of Islam and its treatment of women.

Brandeis students and faculty — including many in the Arab American studies department — had balked at the idea of the university bestowing an honorary degree on such a notable critic of Islam. Faculty urged administrators to consider the feelings of the Muslim community, according to The Justice, Brandeis’s student newspaper. [...]

Hirsi Ali grew up Muslim in Somalia, where she overcame genital mutilation and an arranged marriage. She emigrated to the Netherlands and eventually joined Dutch Parliament. She now lives in the United States and is a visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. She considers herself a classical liberal and an atheist, and has worked to call attention to the plight of women under oppressive Islamic regimes. She wrote the script for the Dutch film “Submission,” which resulted in the assassination of the film’s director, Theo van Gogh, by a Muslim extremist.
I suppose they think by contrast that Islamofascists are worthy of honorary degrees? This cowardice by the varsity has already drawn some flak, and honestly, nobody should fund them if this is the way they're going to act, and the crowd they're going to go with.

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