CAIR/MSA Continue Retaliation for Honor Diaries
“Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s.”
Brandeis U. decides against honor for Islam critic
From Associated Press
By PAIGE SUTHERLAND, Apr 9, 7:42 AM
BOSTON (AP) — After taking heat from some of its own over a decision to grant an honorary degree to an advocate for Muslim women who has made comments critical of Islam, Brandeis University withdrew the honor Tuesday night.
The university said in a statement that Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali would no longer receive the honorary degree, which it had planned to award her at the May 18 commencement.
Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion: “Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.”
Brandeis, outside Boston in Waltham, Mass., said it was not aware of Ali’s statements earlier.
“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,” said the university’s statement. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”
Even though the university withdrawing the honorary degree, “Ali is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue about these important issues,” the statement said.
Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s. She declined to comment this week to The Associated Press.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Please read the entire article – especially the comments from CAIR‘s Ibrahim Hooper where he calls Ali’s views as hateful. Being beaten and having your genitals mutilated in the name of a religion tends to sour your views on said religion. The university’s MSA chapter joined in lockstep.
This is simply more brownshirt type retaliation over the Honor Diaries – a tactic to silence any future criticism of Islam. There is no concern by these groups as to the actual content of the film – best to ignore an inconvenient truth.
It’s amazing how much clout is given to a fraction of a group the comprises 0.6% of the U.S. population.
- Under fire, Brandeis cancels plan to honor anti-Islam feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (The Christian Science Monitor)
- Attacking Jews is fine, but attacking Muslims is not, apparently (Washington Examiner)
- Degree recipient triggers outcry (The Justice.org – the Independent Student Newspaper of Brandeis University)