April 9, 2014

“Submission” [Darleen Click]

The totalitarian Left has embraced Islamism, let no one dissent

Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.

The university said in a statement posted online that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.

“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’s statement. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion, “Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.”

Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s. […]

More than 85 of about 350 faculty members at Brandeis signed a letter asking for Ali to be removed from the list of honorary degree recipients. And an online petition created Monday by students at the school of 5,800 had gathered thousands of signatures from inside and outside the university as of Tuesday afternoon.

“This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students,” said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.

“But it’s not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs,” she said. “A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic.”

Posted by Darleen @ 7:49am

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Comments (12)

  1. Yeah. Because if you get your cooter carved up Social Justice demands you shut up about it.

    Nobody at Brandeis is worthy to clip Ali’s toenails, and an “honorary degree” from them is worth even less.

  2. Can I say this? It’s to the point where I flat-out hate these people. Not Muslims, per se, but the university left.

  3. – The GOP’s version of fake but accurate. The economics are accurate, the burger, not so much. His really great chart crew needs some upgrades.

  4. Islamophobic? It’s not an irrational fear of Islam – it is well and truly justified. Especially for her….

  5. Tokenism is as tokenism does.

  6. Off topic, but: this morning’s mass stabbing occurred at my lovely bride’s alma mater. I’m considering commissioning a run of a couple of hundred of these T-shirts to distribute to the student body.

    ‘Cuz I’m a giver…

  7. Clearly we need to ban all assault knives immediately.

  8. Seen on Facebook:

    Telling the truth about Christianity is obligatory. Ridiculing Christianity is practically a sport. But telling the truth about Islam? Hate speech.

    The moral limberness of academia has nearly stopped surprising me, but then there’s the next trick.

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  10. a for reals slap in the face would feel WAY different I bet

  11. I kind of wish the big alumni would get together and send the faculty and administration a nice note telling them that if they still like money and want any more of it to show up, then they have exactly three days to drop trousers and give her the degree with a public apology, and a genuine sounding denouncement of Islamism with tears in their little red eyes, or else they can look for real jobs in the real world when the funding dries up, and of course the word will be put out, in a not so subtle way, that anyone who resists awarding her the honorary degree is an ignorant religious fanatic and homophobe who dislikes uppity women with brown skin.

  12. So what’s the argument here? That muslim women have the right to genital mutilation and arranged marriages and beatings? That by rejecting her heritage of genital mutilation and arranged marriages and beatings, Ayan Hirsi Ali is somehow inauthentic?

    That’s a winner fershure.