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Brandeis Bows to Islamic Censorship ^ | April 11, 2014 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 04/11/2014 4:10:08 AM PDT by Kaslin

It's graduation time. Many college students are preparing for their commencement ceremonies. On some campuses, some students are playing a game of what we might call "Dump the Speaker." Conservative speakers chosen to deliver commencement addresses are being howled off campus by leftist student organizations and faculty as well. It's either a left-wing speaker -- or none.

Rutgers University recently faced this by inviting Condoleezza Rice and refused to budge. But Brandeis University has just knuckled under to student and faculty protests over its announced speaker, author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was disinvited.

You'd think a human rights advocate would be cheered by these liberals. You'd think they'd positively swoon at a human rights advocate for women! But, no. She is a conservative.

The Muslim students and their "allies" didn't want to hear anything Ali had to say about honor killings or female gender mutilation. Explaining why 86 faculty members signed a demand the invitation be revoked, professor Bernadette Brooten offered an empty justification: Non-Muslims commit violence, too.

"We stressed that we recognize the harm of female genital cutting, forced marriages, and honor killings, but that this selection obscures the violence against women than happens among non-Muslims." Brandeis then announced Ali was a "compelling" women's advocate, "but we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University's core values. For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of these statements earlier."

Aha. Past statements. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education rightfully declared that a Brandeis "core value" is hypocrisy: "Archbishop Desmond Tutu received an honorary degree from the university in spite of earlier comments comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and stating that Zionism has many parallels with racism. Dr. Alan Guttmacher received an honorary degree in 1970 despite having served as vice-president of the American Eugenics Society."

Then there is the radical gay playwright Tony Kushner, honored by Brandeis at the 2006 commencement. Here is Kushner's opinion of God, as spoken by a Mormon statue in his play "Angels in America": "God splits the skin with a jagged thumbnail from throat to belly, then plunges a huge filthy hand in. He grabs hold of your bloody tubes. You might slip to evade His grasp, but He squeezes hard, He insists. He pulls and pulls, till all your innards are yanked out. And the pain ... can't even talk about it. And then He stuffs it back. Dirty, tangled, torn. It's up to you to do the stitching."

God is a monster. But that was just dandy for Brandeis.

It gets even worse for Catholics. Kushner infamously trashed Pope John Paul II in The Nation magazine after the Matthew Shepard murder as a "homicidal liar." He denounced Catholic bishops as "mitred, chasubled and coped Pilates,'' and other church leaders as "flagellants" and "fanatics." In response to the pope's call for civil dialogue, Kushner wrote that he would first ask the pontiff not to "beat my brains out with a pistol butt and leave me to die by the side of the road.''

Where were Brooten and her 85 colleagues then? Had Kushner said any of this about an ayatollah, he'd be finished. But it was said about Catholics, so it earned him an honorary degree.

In a statement of rebuttal, Ali said she accepted the commencement invitation months ago due to its 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."

But 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."

Bingo. Now let's wait for the famous Brandeis faculty, past and present, to speak out. What say you, Robert Reich? And how about you, Anita Hill? A black woman has been silenced.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: ayaanhirsiali; brandeis; media

1 posted on 04/11/2014 4:10:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Shame on Brandeis.

2 posted on 04/11/2014 4:14:30 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Kaslin

Colleges are what the left wants this country to be. Totalitarian, intolerant, fascist, redistributionist hell holes that persecute Whites and Christians and take their money and give it to violent uncivilized brutes.

The left is in love with violent savages because the savages have dark skin and are not Christian.

3 posted on 04/11/2014 4:16:39 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Kaslin

Brandeis U. apparently would reward Mengele
with a Professorship in biochemistry, but not even
let his prisoners/slaves/patients speak.

4 posted on 04/11/2014 4:18:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Kaslin

I almost wish I was an alumni of this wretched place, just so I could let them know that they would never receive another nickel from me.

5 posted on 04/11/2014 4:22:25 AM PDT by Junk Silver
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To: Kaslin

why talk about female mutilation at a commencement?

why does a college need a “celebrity” speaker

find a good solid citizen and let hin/her speak about the courage it takes to get up every day and slog through life

6 posted on 04/11/2014 4:49:49 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Junk Silver

If you were an alumni, they would have already gotten your nickels and wouldn’t give a *$^& less what you think of them now.

7 posted on 04/11/2014 4:50:02 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Kaslin


8 posted on 04/11/2014 4:54:47 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Kaslin

I e-mailed those bastards with a piece (several) of my mind as soon as I heard.

Howasbout you???

I’ve HAD IT with this sh*t and will respond every single chance I get.

9 posted on 04/11/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, sharia is POISON.)
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To: I want the USA back

Basically, your post #3 sums it up concisely.

10 posted on 04/11/2014 5:20:06 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: yldstrk

Ayaan Hirsi Ali suffered from female mutilation. She knows what she is talking about

11 posted on 04/11/2014 5:28:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Sounded to me like pressure came from CAIR

12 posted on 04/11/2014 5:29:56 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: I want the USA back

“...Colleges are what the left wants this country to be. Totalitarian, intolerant, fascist, redistributionist hell holes that persecute Whites and Christians...”


I was splish splashing around one of Fort Benning’s swimming pools a few years back and I noticed one of the lifeguards was reading THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath. She said it was for her college English class. Well Miss Plath and her suicide might make an interesting study for a Psych class I was upset that it was dropped on an English class. I had just finnished reading Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s CANCER WARD and was moved by the protaganist who had suffered through the war, the Gulag, internal exile, suffered a dread diesease and its horrid treatments, and yet loved life. While Miss Plath was a spoiled brat and kept trying to kill herself and eventually was successful.

Famous Brandeis grad and Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman, the author of STEAL THIS BOOK, book 150 phenobarbitol tablets to end his life. But colleges are high on the Plaths and Hoffmans and down on the Washingtons, Bonhoeffers, and Solzhenitsyns.

13 posted on 04/11/2014 5:31:20 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Kaslin

I am sure she knows what she is talking about

I just don’t think it is an appropriate topic for a commencement speech

14 posted on 04/11/2014 5:35:05 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin

Where the hell are the female students at Brandeis?

15 posted on 04/11/2014 7:20:37 AM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: Diogenesis

Afghan Muslim Stabs Polish Wife to Death After She Refuses to Wear Hijab

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 15, 2014 @ 10:41 am In The Point |

It all comes down to power. And the consequences of Muslim migration to Western countries. The more Taliban move to the UK, the more honor killings there will be.

Farhad Sarfi, 23, is on trial for murdering Polish national Orina Morawiec, 21, at their flat in south-east London in August last year.

The Old Bailey trial was told that he stabbed the former Marks & Spencer shop worker in the neck and chest multiple times and with such force that the knife ruptured her heart and penetrated through to the bone.

Opening the prosecution case, Zoe Johnson QC said Morawiec had become infatuated with the defendant after they met at Lewisham College where she studied tourism and administration.

When they married in 2012, she wore a headscarf and pledged to convert to Islam, the jury heard. But the relationship turned volatile and they argued over her makeup and clothing.

In May last year, Morawiec told her mother that she had tried to leave the flat and her husband leaned out of the window and shouted: “You must come back and if you do not I will take this knife and kill you.” By the time of her murder she had told Sarfi she wanted a divorce, the jury was told.

Sarfi had been denied asylum in the UK but after the wedding his status changed and he could stay as a spouse of the European national. Johnson told the jury: “If Orina had divorced the defendant he would have to leave this country or apply in his own right for leave to remain. The prosecution suggest this may be a reason why the defendant became angry with his wife and killed her.”


16 posted on 04/11/2014 9:54:01 AM PDT by Dqban22
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