Brandeis University Now Supporting Terrorism and Female Mutilation

Brandeis University withdrew its offer of an honorary degree to women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali this month, sparking criticism for bowing to anti-American pressure brought against the university by Muslim groups.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a well known women’s rights advocate who has been fighting against the excesses of radical Islam were its constant violation concerns women’s rights and specifically against the brutal, inhuman practice of ritual female mutilation.

These are very worthy activities to celebrate and apparently Brandeis thought so, too… at least for a while. That is, until Muslims who celebrate the mutilation and oppression of women objected to the offer of the honorary degree to Miss Ali and demanded that the university withdraw its offer.

Sadly, 85 of the universities ignorant “professors” agreed with the mutilators and signed a petition demanding that their employers remove Ali from the honorary list.

In its reversal, the university said of Ali, “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. That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

So, it is clear that Brandeis University supports the mutilation of a woman’s vagina as supplication to the barbaric, backwards, oppressive, male-dominated ideology we call Islam. It is clear that Brandeis is now officially supporting the concept that women have no rights after a rape. Clear that Brandeis supports the sentencing of women to wearing those suffocating burkhas. Supports the beating of women. Agrees that women should not be allowed to drive or move about freely.

Brandeis University made the right decision the first time. That a woman who has lived through ritual beating, the mutilation of her genitals, a Muslim civil war, constant threat of assassination, became a member of the Dutch Parliament and ultimately a powerful advocate for women’s rights should be offered an honorary degree at a prestigious American university is certainly exactly the sort of thing that one should expect from the United States of America.

But that Brandeis bowed to pressure from oppressive Muslims and withdrew that honorary degree, well, that is a thoroughly un-American and disgusting example of where this nation has gotten.

If you are a Brandeis graduate you have been disgraced and should hang your head in shame.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s statement about Brandies’ war against women has been posted at The Weekly Standard.

Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises. I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. 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.

When Brandeis approached me with the offer of an honorary degree, I accepted partly because of the institution’s distinguished history; it was founded in 1948, in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust, as a co-educational, nonsectarian university at a time when many American universities still imposed rigid admission quotas on Jewish students. I assumed that Brandeis intended to honor me for my work as a defender of the rights of women against abuses that are often religious in origin. For over a decade, I have spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, so-called ‘honor killings,’ and applications of Sharia Law that justify such forms of domestic abuse as wife beating or child beating. Part of my work has been to question the role of Islam in legitimizing such abhorrent practices. So I was not surprised when my usual critics, notably the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), protested against my being honored in this way.

What did surprise me was the behavior of Brandeis. Having spent many months planning for me to speak to its students at Commencement, the university yesterday announced that it could not “overlook certain of my past statements,” which it had not previously been aware of. Yet my critics have long specialized in selective quotation – lines from interviews taken out of context–designed to misrepresent me and my work. It is scarcely credible that Brandeis did not know this when they initially offered me the degree.

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.

Not content with a public disavowal, Brandeis has invited me “to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue about these important issues.” 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.

I take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me and my work on behalf of oppressed woman and girls everywhere.

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  • jim_m

    You could have just said they were a bunch of lefties. It means the same thing.

  • Commander_Chico

    I feel sorry for her. I’d be pissed if someone cut off the head of my dick when I was a kid. Brandeis should have done its due diligence, or just gave her the degree, ignore whatever nutball Warner Todd Huston stuff she said in the past.

    Not surprising she posted her response at the Weekly Standard, the chickenhawk neocon propaganda organ, though. She’s been used for years.

    • jim_m

      Brandeis should have let her speak instead of caving to a bunch of fascist lefties who cannot articulate an argument to defend their own ideas so they have to silence everyone else instead.

      • Anonymouse

        pfft suuuure
        you do know that the lady in question is more a hate monger than anything else.
        I thought you were the kind of guy who’d stand up for a man’s right to religion, you do know that FGM isn’t like circumcision to Muslims anymore than it would be to a Christian, it’s a very bad thing with deep cultural roots in Africa and some rural parts of the middle east predating Islam by a long shot.
        this article seems to be turning a protest against a well known islamophobe than women’s lib advocate.
        I thought this website was neutral and cultivated brotherly inclusiveness and love, it seems I was sadly mistaken.

    • Jwb10001

      Wonder when they are going to start opening up chickenhawk concentration camps… According to you chickenhawks can’t run for office, can’t be magazine publishers, can’t speak on issues of national security or military, can’t write a blog, can’t be on TV etc. Talk about a group of 2ond class citizens…That of course doesn’t include Clinton (either Clinton) Obama or any other liberal. You do realize you sound like an idiot after about 1,000,000,000,000 posts bitching about chickenhawks and war mongers especially the selective way you apply the insult.

      • Commander_Chico

        I don’t want chickenhawk concentration camps, I want chickenhawk boot camps. With me as DI.

        Yes, that includes Obama, the Clintons and Samantha Power especially.

        • Jwb10001

          No you want to shut them up without discussing the merits or lack of merits or their argument. As with all hacks you’re arguments boil down to “racist” “chickenhawk” “war monger” When pressed on your non sense you reluctantly throw a liberal or 2 under the bus. It’s transparent. So, to make things easier why not just adopt the standard numbering system that’s been established for you.

          • jim_m

            That’s what he just asked for. Concentration camps for the people who disagree with him politically. Chico is going mainstream lefty.

  • JWH

    Warner Todd Huston is a Christian. Therefore, he supports the execution of witches based on spectral evidence.

    • jim_m

      idiot. You throw them into the pond and if they sink and drown they are innocent and if they float they are guilty and you hang them.

      • JWH

        That’s only one of several tests. One interesting test (going back to the Malleus Malificarum, IIRC) involved poking at a woman’s moles and other growths with a needle. If the mole did not bleed, it was considered something dead, lending credence to the idea the woman was a witch.

        As I understand it, some witch-testers fashioned testing devices with retractable needles.

        • jim_m

          Build a bridge out of her!!

          • JWH

            Someone’s aching to watch some Monty Python.

    • warnertoddhuston

      So, do show us all where Warner Todd Huston professed to be a Christian? We’ll wait.

      • JWH

        Well, what are you then? No matter what you are, I can produce syllogism that is parallel to, and just as ridiculous as, your headline.

        • jim_m

          You win. I will buy into the idea that any syllogism you create will be ridiculous.

        • warnertoddhuston

          So, now you admit you are making claims you cannot substantiate. Perfect.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Well, CAIR is on Brandeis’ side:

    “But Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, said, “It is unconscionable that such a prestigious university would honor someone with such openly hateful views.”

    In related news, CAIR had no comment on whether Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, under which Mohammad Asghar, a 69-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, faces a death sentence for claiming to be the Prophet Mohammed and Sawan Masih was sentenced to hang after a Muslim said he had insulted the prophet Mohammed, should be repealed. Because/Tolerance.

    • jim_m

      That’s because CAIR supports moving to a repressive islamic fascist republic where people would be executed for crimes such as apostasy, homosexuality and blasphemy. No doubt they would support the fatwa against Hirsi Ali and if given the opportunity would turn her over to be killed.

        • jim_m

          Yeah, I’ll buy that. Islam is what happens when civilization dies.

          • Or it fractures.

            What the Arab Spring truly showed is how little national identity mattered as democracy and the fall of governments demonstrated that there was no national consensus, only the narrower one of class, tribe and institution. It’s not something that Americans should be too smug about. The left’s efforts are reducing the United States to the same balkanized state in which there is a black vote and a white vote, a rich vote and a poor vote, but no national identity that transcends them. We too are becoming ‘Sunnis’ and ’Shiites’. It’s no wonder that Islam finds the post-American United States and the disintegrating territories of the European Union fertile ground for its work.

            If you intentionally discard an overarching national identity and do it in the name of ‘social justice’ so every grievance group has their own little bit that they’re not going to share with anyone else, you’re going to end up with a whole lot of very vicious fraternal infighting.

            Which is what we’re seeing in the ME. It’s not state vs. state, it’s sect vs. sect and tribe vs. tribe.

            Maybe that’s why strong-man dictatorships work so well (for certain values of ‘well’, which may not equal national prosperity by any means, but certainly include national cohesion… at least temporarily) – there’s a focusing idea that can serve as a binder.

            America used to be referred to as a ‘melting pot’. But that didn’t allow for ‘diversity’, so we turned into a salad bowl. And salad has a terrible record as a structural material. It comes apart under tension, and it has a very low compressive strength…

  • Hank_M

    Brandeis was presented with the ultimate progressive dilemma – womens rights or Islam. They made their choice.

    The real war on women is being waged by liberals. Women are being used, manipulated and lied to. And they too will be discarded when it’s politically expedient for the left to do so. In this, Brandeis leads the way.

    • jim_m

      Like all victimhood groups, women are only valuable to the extent that they can be exploited. Once they utility is used up they can and will be discarded by the left.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Tip of the iceberg. As retarded as Brandeis no doubt is, there are several Northeastern liberal arts universities and colleges that by comparison make them look like Goldwater Univ. Wesleyan. Smith. Skidmore. Barnard. Radcliffe. Colgate. Trinity. Not even to mention the likes of Columbia (a CPUSA stronghold for decades) and NYU (ditto). These all were sewers 30-plus years ago and since then they’ve only gotten worse. Just wait until their 60’s-era profs get a little older and literally go demented and the students and TA’s of this day and age (spoiled, uneducated and wholly unemployable) stay on and then inevitably obtain tenure. All part and parcel of the ghastly decline.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali was disinvited because she spoke the truth and the academic left can’t abide that – just like they can’t abide differing opinions on gay marriage [see, Brendan Eich] or CAGW [see, Professor Lawrence Torcello of Rochester Institute of Technology who suggested that those who don’t toe the “consensus” line should be jailed].

    Victor Davis Hanson has an apt quote from an article published yesterday:

    “Our civil liberties will not be lost to crude fascists in jackboots. More likely, the death of free speech will be the work of the new medieval Torquemadas who claim they destroyed freedom of expression for the sake of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ and ‘saving the planet.'”

  • Michael Lang

    The leftist mindset – Militant, women-hating Islam trumps – 1)a black woman 2)a feminist 3) an atheist. Absolute proof that leftism is a mental disorder.