That is the story which surely you’ve heard on the news in recent days.
We have read both of Ms. Hirsi Ali’s books and recommend that you do as well.
Somali women’s rights advocate, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was slated for an honorary degree from Brandeis University, originally established as a liberal arts college for Jewish students, but, after a professor sent up a red flag, then pressure from CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), the university caved and dis-invited her.
Update: Be sure to see Hirsi Ali’s (and Hitlers!) response, here.
Before we get to Diana West’s column at Townhall, please read or re-read our post of a few days ago about Al-Hijra, the Islamic doctrine of immigration.
Diana West (Hat tip: Paul):
When Brandeis University withdrew an honorary degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali after a student-professor firestorm branded her an “Islamophobe,” the campus in effect declared itself an outpost of Islamic law, American-style. Officially, Brandeis is now a place where critics of Islam — “blasphemers” and “apostates,” according to Islamic law — are scorned and rejected.
Not that Brandeis put it that way in its unsigned announcement about Hirsi Ali’s dis-invitation, which notes: “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 … her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”
Translation: Hirsi Ali’s advocacy on behalf of brutalized women is good, but Hirsi Ali’s “past statements” — advocacy that connects such violence to Islamic teachings — are bad, or, in faddish twaddle, “Islamophobia.” As a dhimmi (non-Muslims under Islamic law) institution, Brandeis cannot possibly honor the infidel.
Now, at the end comes the important part for our purposes.
West lists some of the “post 9/11 taboos” that will serve to keep Americans from fully grasping what we have done and are doing to ourselves before it is too late!
Never say Islam has anything to do with terrorism. Don’t ever, ever draw a cartoon of Mohammed. Oppose “gendered violence” (there’s no such thing as Islamic-rooted violence against women). Ostracize or humiliate “apostates” like Hirsi Ali (at least until real Islamic apostasy law becomes applicable here). In other words, protect, coddle and swathe Islam from the barbs and scrutiny that all other religions receive — or else. Or else what? Citizens might decide to halt Islamic immigration or “refugee resettlement” because it brings Islamic law to the West.
It is called the stealth Jihad. We are pouring Muslim refugees into America every day, and you are paying for it (with your tax dollars) and will pay for it in other ways later.
Come to think of it, maybe we should be thanking Brandeis for creating a media storm!
Update April 16th: See good commentary here—‘honor killing Brandeis style!’