Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brandeis’ Double Standards

Ajan-Hirsi-Ali-00000185171In a pusillanimous capitulation to the jackboot enforcers of political correctness, Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence announced Tuesday that an honorary degree to be awarded to woman’s rights champion Ayaan Hirsi Ali at this year’s commencement has been rescinded. “She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world,” said the university in a prepared release on its website. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

Brandeis’s core values are apparently bankrupt. Ali has been a fierce critic of Islam and its mistreatment of women, which she experienced firsthand. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia and raised in a strict Muslim family, Ali endured a civil war, genital mutilation and other indignities before escaping to the Netherlands in 1992 to avoid an arranged marriage to a relative. Once there she learned the language and established a new life that included a stint as a member of the Dutch parliament. Much of her work in that country was devoted to helping non-Western immigrants assimilate into Dutch society.

Hirsi Ali made waves when, as part of her efforts to promote women’s rights, she teamed up with friend and film-maker Theo Van Gogh to make the movie “Submission,” which depicted the oppression of women under Islam. Following the showing of the film on Dutch television, both Ali and Van Gogh received death threats over the Internet. On Nov. 2, 2004, Van Gogh was murdered, shot and then stabbed several times by 26-year-old Dutch Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri, who pinned a letter to Van Gogh’s chest.

The letter was addressed, not to Van Gogh but to Ali, calling her an “infidel fundamentalist” who “terrorizes Islam” and “marches with the soldiers of evil.” It further stated that her “hostilities,” had “unleashed a boomerang and it’s just a matter of time before this boomerang will seal your destiny.” In capital letters it said: “AYAAN HIRSI ALI, YOU WILL SMASH YOURSELF ON ISLAM!”

Shortly thereafter, Ali fled to the United States. In her book “Infidel,” she explained why. “I left the world of faith, of genital cutting and forced marriage for the world of reason and emancipation. … I know that one of these two worlds is simply better than the other. Not for its gaudy gadgetry, but for its fundamental values,” she wrote.

As far as Brandeis is concerned, those fundamental values take a back seat to the values of those who invariably demonstrate that declarations of diversity, tolerance and understanding are nothing more than empty rhetoric. Bernadette Brooten, a Brandeis professor in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, epitomizes such hypocrisy. She used her Facebook page to denounce Ali, noting that she is “deeply saddened by all that this selection has meant for Muslim students, faculty and staff at Brandeis, and for your non-Muslim allies.” Brooten further notes that a group of 86 faculty members signed a letter sent to Lawrence, “asking him to rescind the invitation.”

Aside from the phoniness, the move to rescind Ali’s honorary degree reeks of a blatant double-standard. Brandeis honored Desmond Tutu who, despite his good work on South Africa’s behalf, was an overt anti-Semite.  He asserted that the Holocaust’s gas chambers made for “a neater death” than did Apartheid, regularly accuses the Jewish State of ethnic cleansing, and insists that Zionism has “very many parallels with racism.” Playwright Tony Kushner was also honored, despite his equally overt contempt for Israel. He also accused the Jewish State of ethnic cleansing, and insisted its creation “was a mistake.”

Tellingly, both men received honorary degrees despite the reality that Brandeis is a Jewish-sponsored university with historically close ties to Israel. Moreover its namesake, Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis, led the American Zionist movement. Yet when Kushner’s nomination generated controversy, former Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz stood against it:

Brandeis bestows honorary degrees as a means of acknowledging the outstanding accomplishments or contributions of individual men and women in any of a number of fields of human endeavor. Just as Brandeis does not inquire into the political opinions and beliefs of faculty or staff before appointing them, or students before offering admission, so too the University does not select honorary degree recipients on the basis of their political beliefs or opinions.

Over the years, Brandeis has honored hundreds of men and women of distinction whose personal views, I am sure, span the full spectrum of political discourse, and the University applies no litmus test requiring honorary degree recipients to hold particular views on Israel or topics of current political debate.

Mr. Kushner is not being honored because he is a Jew, and he is not being honored for his political opinions. Brandeis is honoring him for his extraordinary achievements as one of this generation’s foremost playwrights, whose work is recognized in the arts and also addresses Brandeis’s commitment to social justice.

TruthRevolt’s Daniel Mael, a Brandeis student, wondered why the same standard wasn’t being applied to Ali. “Hirsi Ali was not being honored for her views on Islam,” he explained. “She was being honored for her commitment to women’s rights and real justice. I am appalled by the hypocrisy of the University administration and their inability to distinguish between her view on Islam and her efforts in this world. This highlights their shallow commitment to ‘Truth, even unto it’s inner most parts’ which has been replaced with the empty buzzword ‘social justice.’”

The university has gone silent in the wake of the controversy and has refused to offer any specific justification for its decision. “We won’t be making any statements in addition to the one we published on our website,” Ellen De Graffenreid, Senior Vice President for Communications, told FrontPage. Relevant parties are apparently under strict gag orders by the university. President Lawrence, the Board of Trustees, and members of the committee that awards honorary degrees would not respond to requests for comments. 

A statement from Hirsi Ali released late Wednesday reveals that Brandeis was also dishonest in its explanation to the public about its decision.  In its initial press release, the university claimed they “discussed” the situation with her before making the decision. Hirsi Ali says otherwise. “I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision,” she revealed. “On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me—just a few hours before issuing a public statement—to say that such a decision had been made.”

Supporters have rallied to Hirsi Ali’s defense, with watchdog group TruthRevolt announcing a petition drive to voice dissent against the decision. Correspondent for the Jewish Press Lori Lowenthal Marcus characterized the move as a “complete collapse of rectitude” and said that the students who campaigned against her acted acted “chillingly.” 

Faculty member Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter sent to President Lawrence, insisting that Brandeis ought to honer “such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women’s rights, who has put her life at risk for those values.” He was echoed by Bernard Macy, a 1979 Brandeis graduate. Macy had sent an email to Lawrence and other faculty members to thank them “for recognizing Ayaan Hirsi Ali for defending Muslim women against Islamist honor violence.” 

Regardless, the voices of reason and genuine tolerance have been overwhelmed. As part of the aforementioned statement rescinding Ali’s honorary degree, the university attempted to cover itself. “In the spirit of free expression that has defined Brandeis University throughout its history, Ms. Hirsi Ali is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue about these important issues.” it stated.

Ali refuses to play the game. “Sadly, in words and deeds, the university has already spoken its piece. I have no wish to ‘engage’ in such one-sided dialogue. I can only wish the Class of 2014 the best of luck—and hope that they will go forth to be better advocates for free expression and free thought than their alma mater.”

Once again, a university has shamefully surrendered to a mob of tolerance totalitarians. No one illuminates this travesty better than Ayaan Hirsi Ali herself:

“What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The ‘spirit of free expression’ referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much.”

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  • ProudGoy

    Oy vey, zhe double standard, it’s HORRIBLE! Jews have NEVER done ANYTHING worth criticizing, well, maybe except starting endless wars for Israel, lying about the Holohoax™, genociding the Palestinians, ransacking economies, polluting cultures, pushing usury, promoting perversion, scapegoating Muslims, infiltrating governments…I’d type more, but I really gotta go to bed. JEWS SUCK! You’re all a bunch of parasites.

    • guyjones

      Joseph Goebbels is calling — he wants his propaganda back…

      You seem pretty bitter and unhinged; I think you’d benefit from some therapy or, psychiatric treatment. Good luck with that.

      • ahad_ha_amoratsim

        Goebbles yemach shmo could have done much better. This was pure Brown Shirt stuff. Thugs so dumb that even the Nazis wanted no part of them once the party took power.

    • Habbgun

      Jews Suck…..why that is just as erudite. as that Shakespearean prose in Slapshot “Braden — You suck c–k”……No time for bed I’m going to hack on you dimwit.

  • gordo

    fucking kikes. gas was to good for you
    viva che viva arab.

  • Johnny

    Just to comment on the above antisemitic comments, whatever it is you might think about Jews, it is not helpful or logical to use antisemitism as a rational for excusing the many faults and routine mistreatment of women that exists in the Islamic world.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Johnny, you can’t make a rational argument with irrational persons. your argument is cogent, but it won’t fly with people who live to hate …

  • Jerry G

    I don’t know which is more despicable, the action of overeducated Frederick Lawrence or the comments of those two undereducated louts gordo and Proud Goy.

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      Good to see just who supports Brandeis’s actions, though. Someone should let Brandeis know what kind of people agree with its decision.

      • Jerry G

        Thank you. I believe I just did that.

  • http://historyscoper.com/ T.L. Winslow

    Brandeis just stunk its name up bigtime – PPPPPEEEEYYYUUU!

    Too bad for Brandeis, what they did to brave hero Ayaan Hirsi Ali only made her more popular. They did far more for her than give her an award, they gave her a righteous cause.

    The herd of maroons with closed minds at Brandeis will pass, but the great cause that Ali is fighting for will win the future.

    They went nonlinear at her statement that Islam is at war with us, and to win we must defeat Islam. She’s right-on, look at what Islam does to Israel every day of the week. I have been trying to wake the world up with my Winslow Plan for Defeating Islam, available free on the Internet, try emailing copies to every Brandeis faculty.

    • Joe The Gentile

      Brandeis will be punished for this. Apart from damage to its reputation which is already happening, I expect that many jihad-aware Jewish donors will cut Brandeis out for this, perhaps forever.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Good for Thomas Doherty, whose film history of the 1930s has been ignored in favor of Ben Urwand’s dreadful book. Hirsi Ali has written three books. I read NOMAD and wrote about her compared to sixties feminists here: http://clarespark.com/2010/06/08/ayaan-hirsi-alis-love-letter-to-the-world/. “Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s love letter to the world.”

  • http://document.no Marit

    What a scandal for all of USA. Ayaan Hirsi Ali deserves The Noble Peace Prize more than anybody else.

  • RobertF

    And Brandeis has also honored the anti-Semite, Jimmy “Peanut Farmer” Carter. It also had a partnership with al-Quds University…a school where no Jews are allowed! Brandeis has descended into just another Israel-bashing, anti-Semitic sewer.

  • cassandra

    Born Jewish, this may be the last straw that breaks my connection to the Jewish people which has become more tenuous with each passing year, month, week, day as I watch with dismay and disgust the Jewish self-betrayal brought about by their “liberalism” and identification with the values of their persecutors. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a High Queen among women, courageous, principled, exquisite inside and out, brilliant, and full of grace. That Brandeis could recall her invitation is a black spot on that university which can never be erased and reveals the tip of the iceberg of corruption in values which it fosters along with almost all of academia.

    • NoMosqueHere

      The Brandeis jews don’t want to be jewish; they worship at the alter of diversity and multi-culturalism. The future of the jewish people is in Israel — don’t forget that.

    • Habbgun

      Then embrace Judaism more strongly. You will find those Jews who have kept their faith and are the future. The assimilationists are dying out and the religious and reproducing. The future is not with the sellouts although they can do a lot of damage in the meantime.

    • Gary Dickson

      Your comment is superb, cassandra.

      (I need to preface my comment here. I am a Messianic Gentile, that is, one who trusts Yeshua as my Messiah. I plead with God daily to protect and bless all Jews, no matter what their behaviour and no matter where they are.)

      It’s ironic that you should be dismayed and disgusted by the behaviour of your own people. What I would truly encourage you to do is read the history of the people of Yisra’el, as written in the Bible, from the time they left Egypt to the time of their forced exile to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar.

      Time after time after time, ADONAI, God, the God of Yisra’el, warned the people of Yisra’el. Time after time, he told them, through his prophets of his dismay and disgust for their behaviour. Time after time, he promised them that he was going to discipline them. He carried out those promises.

      Because of their continued rejection of him, God will continue to discipline them.

      However, read God’s promises to the people of Yisra’el of physical restoration and spiritual resurrection – not just restoration – in the writings of the prophet Yesha’yahu. I am confident that God will fulfil his promises of life and prosperity for them in spite of their rejection of him.

      One day, the people of Yisra’el will all, each one of them, follow their God, cling to him, and trust them will all their minds and hearts. It will be through them that God will bring his blessings to the rest of the world.

      Out of Tziyon will come the Redeemer;
      he will turn away ungodliness from Ya’akov
      and this will be my covenant with them, …
      when I take away their sins.

      — Isaiah 59:20–21, 27:9 (CJB)

      • cassandra

        Gary, I embrace the new movement of messianic Gentiles and have had the honor and joy of attending CUFI in DC. Thank you for the love and prayers you extend to the Jewish people, some of whom recognize your sincerity and appreciate the opportunity for a reconciliation between Jews and Christians, who after all, need solidarity to meet the gathering threat against our common heritage.

      • ahad_ha_amoratsim

        And time after time He warned us to worship him only in the way He instructed, and in particular not to worship anything or anyone except Him. Those Jews who attribute partnership, divisibility, or physicality to Him, or who pray to or thru that certain man you mentioned, are defying G*d’s orders to His people.
        May G*d protect us from falling into such error.

        • Gary Dickson

          May ADONAI, God, the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov bless you always and prosper you.

          I plead with God to bless and prosper all the people of Yisra’el – that is, Hebrews, Jews – no matter if they are atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, Reformed Jews, Conservative Jews, Orthodox Jews, or Ultra-orthodox Jews or whether they are in the Diaspora or in Israel itself.

          As I mentioned, I truly believe that it is through the Jew that God’s blessing and righteousness will come to the rest of the world.

          As Yeshua said, “Salvation (deliverance, rescue) comes from the Jews.”

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      Cassandra, don’t give up on being Jewish without finding out what it means to actually live a Jewish life. It has nothing to do with what the secularists at Brandeis think it does. Without Torah as a guide, we are all susceptible to the most idiotic and immoral mistakes.

    • Johnny

      A mistake people make, and this is very widespread, is to think there is a link between being scholarly and being in some way moral or meritorious beyond merely being studious. This link does not exist. Never has. By inference universities pick up the same presumption of virtue. University professors know where their income comes from just like the rest of us, and they are unlikely to do anything to halt its flow.

      Now speaking as a gentile of European descent, I feel the same way you do. The difference is that we are on a slow road to cultural oblivion, where as the Jews are being fast tracked.

    • stonefellow

      There are many Jews who oppose the pseudo-liberal actions of people like the administrators of Brandeis. Please continue to be a good honest Jew.

    • Rosasolis

      Cassandra, I am writing to you from Netherlands, the first country where
      our Hirsi Ali sought protection from her terrible life in her native country
      Somalia, where women and girls are married-off and kept as slaves.
      Thank-you for coming up for Hirsi Ali, who is indeed a High Queen,
      or a MALKA, amongst women and men who respect and love courageous
      women. and want them to contribute to the future of our threatened
      Western Civilization. I have also experienced university corruption,
      so I know that it is time that women everywhere join together to show
      our capabilities to build, together with men who respect us and our
      work, an equal society of humans in our Western Civilization,
      before it is too late!

    • Susan B

      Cassandra, I don’t see any reason for you to break your Jewish connection – the truth is that there are many of us who are deeply conservative political and not very religious. Alas, it is true that most Jews are leftest and bind to the dangers of Islam. Brandeis (also Yeshiva U) are pretty shallow and ignorant of reality. Spend a couple of years, as I did, in Israel and you will find that most Israelis don’t think much of the Brandeis loving crowd. They will take their money, make nice, and go on their way. Israelis are not fools, unlike their American Jewish brethern.

    • Joe The Gentile

      Cassandra, I sympathize. The ‘rot’ though is leftism, not judaism. Brandeis is not being particularly Jewish in its behavior towards Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but it is being typically leftist. Western Leftists are in abject denial both of the especially good things about Western civilization and the especially bad things about other civilizations, because both undermine their worldview. And they consider this denial to be a badge of honor and a mark of moral purity, and it is a moral exhibition for them to show it. Real morality does not enter the equation. The future is not with such people. So just be a conservative Jew then because there is honor and a future in that.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Most jews are mentally ill, let’s face it.

  • WhiteHunter

    Harvard could take a giant step toward redeeming its own badly sullied reputation (and so could the many other universities and colleges that have disgraced themselves and taken leave of their senses by surrendering to the barbarians and abandoning their founding principles and mission) by immediately stepping forward and offering this incredibly brave, thoughtful, articulate woman the LLD she deserves and an invitation to address the Class of ’14 as this year’s featured Commencement Speaker.

    But that’s as unlikely to happen as it is for the Nobel Committee to immediately award her the Peace Prize, which she has equally earned.

    One certainly hopes that all the sane Brandeis alumni out there are already scheduling appointments with their estate lawyers to cut this institution out of their wills, and rescind any gifts they’ve already made. That’s the kind of action that will definitely get attention, since reasoned argument and letters of protest don’t.

  • Hank Rearden

    What will people – parents and graduates – be thinking at Brandeis Commencement this year? They are there and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of history’s true heroes, one of civilization’s true heroes, one of Western Civilization’s true heroes, living amonst us now, has been disinvited. They are there and she is not, and by their presence there, they are ENDORSING her absence.

    The only true statement from Brandeis in all of this is that “the core values” of Brandeis are incompatible with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. That is self-evidently true. The only surprising thing is that Brandeis would admit it.

    Brandeis has ruined its reputation with this episode. This is not passing. This is not incidental. This is not peripheral. This is not a small flaw in a larger whole of integrity. This IS the larger whole.

    What does Brandeis stand for? What is it teaching its students? What dos it EXPECT of its students?

    Cravenness in the face of barbarism.

    Falsehood in the face of Truth.

    Rejection of Courage – Cowardice – in the face of atrocity.

    It is all downhill from here. It is a disgrace that Edward Lawrence’s feet have been allowed to touch the ground within the environs of Bruadeis since promulgating this disgusting decision.

    Brandeis is useless. Worse than useless. If the Trustees had any self-respect, they would liquidate the university as an embarrassment.

    This kind of behavior is EXACTLY and SPECIFICALLY the way that the National Socialists destroyed civil society in Germany, which what not inevitable even after Hitler became Chancellor.

    • cassandra

      Well said, Hank! I don’t know about liquidating the university, but expunging those who made this dishonorable decision and replacing them with principled people.

    • Susan

      You are quite right – Brandeis is useless, and so are most of the universities with their ‘X studies’ degrees, and their open enrollments. Whereas once a university education meant something, today they are entirely about indoctrination and turning our youth into slaves (to the debt they incur by attending one). There is very little education going on in the universities these days – perhaps in the hard sciences it is the case, but not in most departments. Believe me the Trustees rarely have any self-respect, they are either blind or think (probably rightly) that their positions will, by osmosis, make them seem more intelligent – LOL!

      • Hank Rearden

        You make an excellent point about turning youth into slaves, via involuntary servitude. And who implemented this involuntary servitude?

        1. Lib government
        2. Lib professors

        Back, ahem, when some of us went to college – the 1960’s – the American university had a great tradition which, so far as I know, when right back to 1636 and John Harvard. To wit, teaching youth was a calling from which one would expect a comfortable but not lavish, living. And the youth attending and their families would pay for the education, in some cases struggling to do so.

        As the meritocracy widened, scholarships came in as did public universities. So that in the 20th century any student could go to college, if having to struggle for it in many cases.

        Then the government came in with “loans” – meaning the appearance of free money to its recipients. And what did the universities do? Hold their costs down so that the students now had an easier financial time of it?

        Of course not. Once the government trucks backed up to the university gates and dumped off mountains of cash, the university – meaning ITS FACULTY – graciously stepped in to spend it…on themselves of course. So now the student left its environs encumbered with debt. And to make it really perfect, this happened just at a time when the university decided to devote itself to trivialities – ‘X studies’ programs – as you so correctly note.

        So, the Libs came to” help” and (a) destroyed the degree and (b) indentured the students.

        And here is the really good part. By injecting unlimited funds into the market for a university degree, they drove the price of that degree up to a point where people who COULD previously afford it on their own, now can’t – exactly the same thing that the CRA did for the housing market!

        Result? Lib nirvana! They have turned college graduates into a dependent class. Another job well done. More failure and desperation, which is the product of Liberalism, which can liquidate a society but can never – NEVER – build one.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Political correctness is the tyranny of the Totalitarian Marxist Left. It was developed to control thought and speech in free societies.

    Thus, to be polite, today we must not talk about the fact that in every Islamic country in the world females are sold as child brides to men old enough to be their grandfathers, that females are stoned to death for getting raped, that females are stoned to death for infidelity, that females are routinely beaten by their husbands, that females are often victims of honor killings, and too many other despicable things to list.

    Indeed, it is more important that we remain silent about these things, because to talk about them might upset the sensibilities of Muslim immigrants and make them feel uncomfortable. Thus, the sensibilities of Muslim immigrants, according to the Totalitarian Marxist Left, are more important than the lives of the female victims.

    • Gary Dickson

      Don’t forget that Political Correctness is only for those that the leaders of the Totalitarian Marxist Left wish to control, such as you and me.

      The leaders of the Totalitarian Marxist Left have no need to follow their own rules.

  • Paul – Germany

    Why peope in the West succumbed to this political correctness thing, an ideology that is so deeply evil and satanic that it cannot be accurately put into words, will remain one of the great mysteries of humankind.

  • wileyvet

    The Muslim Brotherhood created Muslim Student Association has its tentacles in over 650 American universities, so more of this shite will manifest itself in the future. They already use intimidation and violence, in their BDS and Israel Apartheid campaigns, while hiding behind fascist campus speech codes, and the administrations are silent. Thousands of students are being ill served by the deans and faculties who are beholden to a small group of fanatical, leftist Jew hating, Israel bashing, Muslim allied, morally and intellectually bankrupt Sh*t Stains. We know the core values of totalitarians and Islam, and it is unconscionable to see this as acceptable at what are supposedly institutions of higher learning.

  • http://www.apollospeaks.com/ ApolloSpeaks


    If today they can force it to cancel honoring Ayaan Ali what will they do tomorrow? Force the school to change its name because Louis Brandeis was a Jew and Zionist leader-an offense to Islam?

    Click http://www.apollospeaks.com for more on this subject.

  • antioli

    The administrators have noCompassion

  • Attila_the_hun

    I have a question to the Brandeis board of -jewish-trusties. Is ‘never again’ means anything to you?
    You shamed not only your institution, you shamed the entire world Jewish community by surrendering to fascist CAIR and became a dhimmi

  • Tim N

    If anyone would like to try to stomach CAIR and the loathsome Mr. Hooper’s smirking press release here it is:
    She is after all a “hater”.
    A hater apparently is a woman who objects to having her clitoris hacked off, packaged off to a forced marriage, seeing her friend murdered (He must have been a heck of a hater to deserve that) and getting death threats herself. Yeah, she’s a ‘hater’ alright.

  • Anamah

    Brandeis U. what are you doing?
    Mrs Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a hero and your attitude instead is small, selfish, simply disgusting.
    You should be ashamed of yourself!
    You are assuming a poor role, a total lack of solidarity toward women of Islamist societies who are abused and denigrated…
    You are a living offense for the entire humanity and very special for the Jewish community.
    I can not imagine any of your students as brave and decent Jew, nor as part of humanity.
    Based on Brandeis behavior you are a clear example of cynical values. That is the mold for obtuse minds and cowardice.
    You are the antithesis of what an university should be.
    Specially because you are a Jewish one, and because you are American your insensitivity and hypocrisy are a true disgrace!

  • http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/ BobSmith101

    The “intellectual left’ routinely tries to stop discussion on subjects that run counter to PC narrative.

    Islam is the best example.

    Don’t talk about the burka, female genital mutilation, child brides, death to apostates, Sharia law or Islam inspired violence.

    Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence proves the “Peter Principle”. People rise to their level of incompetence.

  • Christopher Riddle

    Brandeis””COER VALUES”?Name ONE????????????????????????????????

  • El Desdichado

    A.H.A. is a hero(ine ?) and a valiant woman who consistently speaks words of Truth and Reason.

    No wonder they hate her.

  • Zombee

    If you love liberty and freedom of speech pull your tuition dollars out of Brandeis. Brandeis is pandering to radical Islamist groups like CAIR who are masquerading as a civil rights organization. Muslim women around the world are being ,starved, beaten and sexually brutalized all in the name of Muhammed . Ayaan Hirsi Ali has lived and suffered under it . CAIR and now Brandeis want to silence her. The liberal dimwits of academia are turning a blind eye and kowtowing to CAIR’s demands.The truth will always seek the light. DTOM.

  • Baudy Harrison

    Oh the terror of politic correctness! A post of mine was removed from The Guardian. I responded by sending them the following e-mail (contaning text of post as well):

    Since I made every effort to compose the following post based on objective standards and with carefully avoiding any form of offensive language. Am I reasonable enough to assume that a post should only be removed when containing factual dishonesty on purpose? I have a right that you will point me out, where I am factual wrong:

    The article:

    My posting:
    I consider this a rather shameless attempt to discredit those who oppose Islam as an ideology. Since terrorists attacks with an Islamic background are almost a daily issue for more then a decade a huge and growing number of people considered it their duty to invest considerable time in studying the causes of this resurgence. It is their and mine conviction that terrorism is a logical outflow of the interpretation of the sources of Islam which are available to everybody.
    I believe that those who oppose the ideology have a right to be heard and express their opinion and the facts they bring up must to be examined. This in contrast to another attempt to silence them. To this I would like to add that the counter-jihad movement consists out of people of all kinds of different backgrounds and races, a major part is even formed by former Muslims.
    The awareness of fundamental problems with Islam has caused a counter reaction from people who are associated with Islam, of which this article is an example. If we look at the world we can look at the consequences of Islam in countries with a Islamic government. And we can look at developments in countries with growing number of Muslims, countries like Nigeria, Mali, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Somalia and Sudan to name a few. I absolutely can not see any positive results from these developments and the existing situation in Muslim countries. Considering the very negative influence of Islam I just described we must look at things that are happening at our doorsteps.
    In the US it is known that under the Obama administration on many crucial governmental positions and administrational offices, people associated with Islam do have a devastating effect on American policies. A real worrying result can be seen in a video of a couple who explain why and how they lost their son in ‘the war on terror’.
    Please watch this video without any prejudice, and be willing to discus this item openly with both sides, those who defend and those oppose Islam as an ideology. The times we are living in demand that all of us have an well informed opinion on this matter.

  • ServosT

    For Leftists, in the victim-status hierarchy, Muslims trump women. I can’t wait till the battle for Ultimate Victim Status between the homosexuals and muslims takes place.

    • laura r

      the next victim will be the gay black muslim.

  • jeffsmessydesk

    The safe vacuum of the world of higher education, free from the realities of the world, comfortable in the knowledge, and only the knowledge that you’re allowed to see…

  • Joe Theisen

    There should be a 9/11 memorial built in Mecca Saudi Arabia.