Skip to comments.Where is the feminist anger at Brandeis?: The silence on the Ayaan Hirsi Ali snub is deafening
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‘HONOR DIARIES” might not be coming to a theater near you, at least not if CAIR gets its way. The award-winning documentary about “honor” violence against girls and women in much of the Muslim world was released last month in honor of International Women’s Day, and it didn’t take long for the Council on American Islamic Relations to slap its all-purpose “Islamophobic” label on it. The film has been shown in dozens of venues, but CAIR has raised enough of a stink to get screenings cancelled on several college campuses, including the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois.
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In Portuguese, “cair” means “to fall”.
Let’s hope they do.
Where are my fellow liberals? Where are the feminists?...Nazie Eftekhari
her first name suggests....what.... THEY are!
Neither the queers nor the militant feminists have what it takes to speak up against the most offensive opposition they have.
I think they know the Muslims will kill them if they were to get serious about stopping the attacks against homosexuals and women.
CAIR = Council of Angry Islamic Radicals
On the left, the unifying identifier is leftism. Each of the aggrieved member groups realizes their own subgroup identity is second to leftism. Since the enemy is always conservatism and normalcy, affronts by companion leftist are overlooked. Recall the impeached former president’s penchant for sexual abuse of subordinates was forgiven by the otherwise interested subgroup leadership.
Jews were passive when faced with an existential threat 75 years ago. Faced with the same threat today, they remain passive, except in Israel.
The feminazis want to destroy this country, just like the bearded savages. They both hate Christianity. They are both fascist. That’s why feminazis will never condemn the bearded savages.
Because the most powerful “feminists” are servants only of evil.
They sense a kindred bond with the evil of Islam.
Like all progressive groups it’s power they’re really concerned with. Progressives don’t care about gays or women or blacks or illegal aliens. They just use them to get more power. The minute it becomes a choice between power or supporting the ‘cause’ it becomes obvious which is more important to them.
There should be thousands of protestors showing up at Brandeis with pictures of victims of Female genitalia Mutilation (readily available on the internet).
We had some Somalis living near us who were engaging in such a practice. The Child Welfare office did not ultimately bring any charges, saying it was a religious practice. No one was there to protect the child. The State failed.
George Soros ordered the feminazis to keep their mouths shut.
One of my favorite quotes, newly discovered actually, is this one from David Horowitz:
“The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the Revolution.”
The minute we understand, comprehend, that, things like this start to logically fall into place and make sense.
Where was it against”Slick Willie”?We Must Remember that First and Foremost,The “Femin_Nazis”Are SOCIALISTS!!!!!!!!!
That is so true. Our “leadership” is like Pavlov’s dog, and democraps know it. Liberals push a divisive point and Republicans leap to defend themselves, getting entirely separated from their own message.
” - - - it didnt take long for the Council on American Islamic Relations to slap its all-purpose Islamophobic label on it. - - - “
WHEW! What a relief!
CAIR could have done something really awful and labeled the film “Racist!”
It still could happen if US President Valerie Jarrett learns of this!
thats OLD SCHOOL Spellin
RACESS....and no T about it!
Feminists are in the same place they were with Clinton - on their knees, with an open mouth. Only now they’re facing Muslims.
I thought Brandeis was a Jewish school. Why are they crawling to Islam? And how did this thug Hooper get his job as a terrorist spokesman, anyway?
Islamists, feminists and other liberals all get their orders from the same ultimate boss. He doesn’t like his minions to criticize each other.
Michael Graham: Brandeis Embraced Bill Ayers, Has Bred Terrorists
By Tom Blumer | April 14, 2014
In one of a pair of Sunday posts at his web site, New England talk show host Michael Graham added an emphatic exclamation point to Brent Bozell’s and Tim Graham’s Saturday column condemning the cowardice and hypocrisy of Brandeis University’s decision to revoke its commencement invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In the other, Graham roasted the Boston Globe for backing Brandeis.
Bozell and Tim Graham rightly pointed to the university’s embrace of particularly nasty anti-Catholic and anti-Israel speakers. Michael Graham found yet another example adding toxic icing to an already rancid cake, and noted that three of its female graduates have achieved a unique level of infamy (links are in each original; bolds are mine throughout):
Brandeis Says No To Feminist, Yes To .TERRORIST?
... It is impossible to parody American liberalism, because every example you would invent to mock them is in fact something they have already done.
When Brandeis University decided to kow-tow to religious extremists and withdraw their honorary degree/opportunity to speak from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I made an off-hand comment on the air about how these same liberals would have no problem inviting unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers to speak on campus.
Doh! From 2009:
Former radical William Ayers will finally get a chance tonight to be heard on a Massachusetts college campus. ...
... For those of you keeping score at home, this is Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. I only regret I didnt do more bombing Bill Ayers. The Designed-A-Nail-Bomb-Like-The-One-The-Boston-Marathon-Bombers-Used Bill Ayers. The guy whose nail bomb would have killed new Army recruits at Ft Dix, except his idiot Weather Underground pals blew themselves up insteadthat Bill Ayers.
Im in the once you decide to blow people up, you lose your seat at the conversation table camp. The students of Brandeis who brought Bill Ayers to campus are not ...
The same students whono jokecouldnt say for sure they would oppose HITLER speaking at Brandeis (yikes!) are now happy to ban a feminist currently living under a death threat imposed by religious extremists. But for Brandeis, this story is just getting good.
Because Brandeis relationship with terrorism isnt just theoretical:
“ around 1970 ... Brandeis saw three of its women students posted to the FBIs Ten Most Wanted List (Angela Davis, Susan Saxe and Katherine Power), no small feat since only seven women were ever put on that FBI list in all of its history.
... Katherine Ann Power ... started at the Brandeis University SDS chapter, then migrated to Weather Underground terror and murder. She killed a local Waltham cop, then went into hiding until 1993. Now shes a popular campus speaker, acclaimed by liberals.
But heroic feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is untouchable.
Separately, Graham skewered the Boston Globe for supporting Brandeis’s commencement decision:
The Boston Globe-Democrat Joins Racist/Sexist Attacks On Black Feminist By Brandeis
In a surprise to absolutely no one whos paying attention, the courageous truth-to-power editors of the Boston Globe-Democrat agree with the decision of Brandeis University to stop feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali from speaking at their commencement and stripping her of an honorary degree:
SOMALIA-BORN feminist author Ayaan Hirsi Ali has every right to criticize Islam, the faith into which she was born. But this right should not be confused with an entitlement to receive an honorary degree. Brandeis University, a nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college, recently rescinded its invitation to honor her after understandable complaints by Muslim students who were offended by her blanket condemnation of their faith.
Hirsi Ali is justified in feeling whipsawed by the university, which should have looked into her more extreme statements before now. But it made the right call in the end.
You may recall these are the same brave Boston Globies who reported on the violence inspired by the Dutch Mohammed cartoons, but refused to let their readers actually see the cartoons because they were terrified of Muslim pressure. The Globe-Democrat went so far as to compare supporters of a free press printing news to Nazis. No joke.
Its funny, but when I googled looking for a similar editorial from the Boston Globe-Democrat denouncing Brandeis for their honorary degree to Tony Kushner (He calls the creation of Israel a mistake and says pro-Israel Jews are the most repulsive)I got nothing.
And Im trying to imagine what a Globe-Democrat editorial celebrating a Catholic university for dis-inviting a pro-gay-marriage speaker would sound like? What would the lede be to their editorial praising an Evangelical college for defending its principles by disinviting a pro-same-sex-marriage commencement speaker?
Its almost as if the Boston Gl0be-Democrat has NO principles, that they just find a way to promote their partisan, far-Left viewswith a little self-protective kow-towing to potentially-violent Muslims thrown in for good measure.
On Saturday, Bozell and Tim Graham wrote:
Now lets wait for 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.
We’re still waiting.
the rest of history
Faculty outrage at Hirsi Ali degree is overblown
By Martin Gross
Letter to the Editor
Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
When I graduated from Brandeis in 1972, where I majored in Philosophy, I immediately knew that I owed Brandeis a great debt. And so, over the past two decades I have been, at times, an adjunct lecturer at the Brandeis International Business School, served on the Board of Trustees of IBS, and the Board of the University itself. With gratitude I have contributed significant sums to my alma mater, including a chair in financial markets and Institutions to IBS.
It was at Brandeis that I was introduced to the pre-Socratic philosophers and was fascinated with how they struggled to find ways to explain the world around them, and how their ideas influenced Plato, Aristotle and others who succeeded them. It was at Brandeis that I was introduced to the thought of Immanuel Kant, and the other giants of Western thought, as well as the thought of other cultures. It was at Brandeis that I came to understand that in intellectual dialogue all ideas are on the table, that everyone is entitled to his point of view and that public scrutiny of ideas is the best way to assess their worth. It was at Brandeis that I was taught how controversy served as an impetus to critical thinking, and that it is often the very people who are condemned for expressing ideas, like Spinoza and Galileo, who are later considered the great minds of Western thought. And it was this foundation that I relied upon when I next studied philosophy and politics at Oxford University and then law at the University of Chicago.
I must now confess to having serious concerns about the spirit of free inquiry at my alma mater when it rescinds an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman who champions womens rights in the Muslim world. A woman honored in Denmark, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. A woman who received the Moral Courage Award from the American Jewish Committee and was voted Woman of the Year for 2006 by the European editors of Readers Digest magazine. And I thought it regrettable that upon learning that Hirsi Ali was offered an honorary degree 87 Brandeis faculty members were so filled with shame that they presented University President Frederick Lawrence with a letter urging him to rescind immediately the invitation to Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali for an honorary doctorate based on her virulently anti-Muslim public statements.
These faculty members said that the selection of Ms. Hirsi Ali further suggests to the public that violence toward girls and women is particular to Islam or the Two-Thirds World, thereby obscuring such violence in our midst among non-Muslims, including on our own campus. And they also could not accept Ms. Hirsi Alis triumphalist narrative of western civilization, rooted in a core belief of the cultural backwardness of non-western peoples.
For the sake of argument, lets stipulate that some of her comments may be provocative and controversial. But that is what intellectual inquiry is all about. For decades serious scholars have examined in all major religions the use of force, the role of violence and compulsion, male dominance over women, the role of honor killings, etc. Since when have these topics become off-limits to scholars?
It is hard for me to imagine that these faculty members seriously think that violence against women on the Brandeis campus is in any way comparable to the violence against young women in a single Nigerian village. When was the last time a Brandeis student was sold into slavery?
What is worthy of note is that Hirsi Alis views do not come from an ivory tower but from the concrete reality of her personal experiences as a woman. She was genitally mutilated as a child, fled a forced marriage at age 12 and lives under constant threat of death by the very people who proudly wear the ideology she condemns. Who are we to judge that her conclusions are beyond the pale? Surely we would not condemn a Christian or Jew at the time of the bloody Crusades who said similar things about Christianity. When Tony Kushner said that the very creation of Israel itself was a mistake, this did not disqualify him from receiving an honorary degree from Brandeis University.
And how preposterous is their issue with her Western triumphalism, especially when she fled to the West from the very ideology that is trying to kill her. Is not the belief in American exceptionalism triumphalist in nature? Just last September, President Barack Obama himself celebrated the idea of American exceptionalism before the UN General Assembly. Would this disqualify him from an honorary degree?
I am profoundly perplexed that there is no counter letter submitted by any faculty member to Lawrence. Is there not a single woman faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies program who can find the compassion to defend her? Is the majority of the faculty too intimidated to speak out against this new tyranny for fear of being ostracized?
The only acceptable response to bona fide controversy is robust dialogue. It now appears that Brandeis motto of truth unto its innermost parts has been replaced by the eleventh commandment of political correctnessThou shalt not offend.
Martin Gross is a member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees.
Thank you for this very thoughtful “Letter to the Editor” by Martin Gross.
I found his letter to place him in the small segment of our Liberal Academic Culture that can still distinguish between Turkeys and Eagles, and the resultant soaring restrictions.
However, his quote: “ - - - I must now confess to having serious concerns about the spirit of free inquiry at my alma mater - - - “ may indicate that Martin has just recently achieved his ability to distinguish societal fowl, or more specifically, foul society.
After a considerable amount of column inches spent on Liberal Buzz Phrases and Latin Logic, Marin concluded with the folowing:
” - - - Is the majority of the faculty too intimidated to speak out against this new tyranny for fear of being ostracized?
The only acceptable response to bona fide controversy is robust dialogue. - - - .”
The latter point of “robust dialogue” reveals Martin’s faith in verbal resolution of differences between humans. The word “only” implies that he is probably an either/or, yes/no, black/white, etc., IOW, he has the thought habits of a typical Liberal journalist or lawyer, two dimensional thinker.
The former point of his speculating on “intimidation,” and “fear of being ostracized” implies that Martin is somewhat detached from the thought processes of the Brandeis Faculty.
He would be will served to re-write this letter by starting where he ended, and work his thoughts and words towards several lines of evidence.
By employing the “Theory of Multiple Working Hypotheses,” Martin may come closer to the preponderance of evidence that is as obvious as the South end of an Antelope, running North.
In our society, it is a common occurrence for conversation to degenerate into two monologues.
Therefore, it is indeed a pleasure to participate in a dialogue with a fellow FReeper. Thanks for the opportunity.