Brandeis caves to Islamist pressure by denying honorary degree for Muslim women’s advocate

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So many people come to America as the beacon of liberty, freedom, and democracy. Many come to escape persecutions from elsewhere. And such is the case for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman who fled due to threats upon her life from a vile misogynist ideology that sees her as nothing more then property.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, writer of the film “Submission,” which criticized the treatment of women in traditional Islam, fled The Netherlands for her life after the film led to the barbaric murder of Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh. Ms. Hirsi Ali came to America because of the promise this country offers: freedom from persecution, freedom to speak the truth, freedom to express your thoughts. And at the one place where you would think those freedoms would be accepted and tolerated, an institution of higher learning, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is once again being persecuted.

As reported at, Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into “a moment of shaming” by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Muslim women’s advocate who has made comments critical of Islam, she said Wednesday. The university decided late Tuesday not to honor Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the May 18 commencement after receiving complaints from some students, faculty members and others, including an online petition.

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It is even more shameful that the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a full-scale attack against Ms. Hirsi Ali to block showings of her documentary, “Honor Diaries.” So it seems the persecution Ayaan thought she was escaping has found a home right here in America.

We should be ashamed of ourselves. Where are Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Sandra Fluke decrying a “War on Women?” Where are the ladies of “The View?” What say you Ellen Degeneres? Cowards — cowards all of you and same for Brandeis University.

Ali, who was raised in a strict Muslim family, renounced the faith in her 30s after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage. She was 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.”

Sounds pretty accurate coming from someone who has experienced the harshness of the “religion of peace.”

Brandeis, outside Boston in Waltham, Mass., said it had not been aware of Ali’s statements earlier. “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.”

What pray tell are the “core values” of Brandeis University? One has to ask if Brandeis would even invite young Malala Youfsazi to speak at the university.

It is certain that Brandeis University has acquiesced to the defenders of hate and the enemies of truth.

In her defense Hirsi Ali stated, “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.”

Yesterday we wrote about the formation of a Muslim political party and UN Resolution 16/18. This is how it begins, incrementally, and slowly as we surrender they become victorious. When tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I salute you and stand with you, and will be a Guardian of the Republic in which you believe.

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