Brandeis should be ashamed and re-examine its own principles.
Here’s an excerpt from Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s intended speech at Brandeis and the rest is at the link below: “I stand before you as someone who is fighting for women’s and girls’ basic rights globally. And I stand before you as someone who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the role of religion in that fight…The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored. We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.”
“So I ask: Is the concept of holy war compatible with our ideal of religious toleration? Is it blasphemy—punishable by death—to question the applicability of certain seventh-century doctrines to our own era? Both Christianity and Judaism have had their eras of reform. I would argue that the time has come for a Muslim Reformation.”
“Is such an argument inadmissible? It surely should not be at a university that was founded in the wake of the Holocaust, at a time when many American universities still imposed quotas on Jews.”
“The motto of Brandeis University is “Truth even unto its innermost parts.” That is my motto too. For it is only through truth, unsparing truth, that your generation can hope to do better than mine in the struggle for peace, freedom and equality of the sexes.” ~ Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304512504579493410287663906?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304512504579493410287663906.html
“What is additionally repugnant about [Brandeis University president Frederick] Lawrence’s actions is that he blames his cowardice on the students, whose “extraordinary” accomplishments must be the “focus” in “celebrating and honoring”. If the poor little lads and lasses will have their delicate feelings hurt by what Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, then they are neither intellectually nor personally mature enough to be receiving a college degree.” ~ D.C. Alan, Washington D.C., http://www.steynonline.com/6263/wrong-said-fred
“Brandeis said they had changed their mind about Ms Hirsi Ali’s degree because “we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values”. Presumably, Tony Kushner’s statement that the state of Israel shouldn’t exist is entirely consistent with Brandeis University’s core values, because no one bothered rescinding his honorary degree.” ~ Mark Steyn.http://www.steynonline.com/6250/degrees-of-separation
The war on women? Where is the feminist anger now? http://www.bostonglobe.com/…/0EsU60OhyLPk3th…/story.html