April 11, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis


On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being "Islamophobic." Here is an abridged version of the remarks she planned to deliver.

One year ago, the city and suburbs of Boston were still in mourning. Families who only weeks earlier had children and siblings to hug were left with only photographs and memories. Still others were hovering over bedsides, watching as young men, women, and children endured painful surgeries and permanent disfiguration. All because two brothers, radicalized by jihadist websites, decided to place homemade bombs in backpacks near the finish line of one of the most prominent events in American sports, the Boston Marathon.

All of you in the Class of 2014 will never forget that day and the days that followed. You will never forget when you heard the news, where you were, or what you were doing. And when you return here, 10, 15 or 25 years from now, you will be reminded of it. The bombs exploded just 10 miles from this campus....

Read the rest of this remarkable speech at Ayaan Hirsi Ali - - The Wall Street Journal

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 11, 2014 11:41 PM
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Intelligent, articulate, well-spoken, experienced in that which she speaks of, courageous. There's more but you get the drift.

I can see why certain interest groups want to shut her up.

The motto of Brandeis University is "Truth even unto its innermost parts." When it suits their purpose.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 11, 2014 7:59 PM

The good thing is now how the spokes shills for CAIR are on the ropes trying to explain how a former Muslim woman is an ISLAMOPHOBE. Any semi-curious reporter only has to ask this question: Why would that be? It isn't a rhetorical question, either. What they prove is that the real Islamophobes are the universities.

Posted by: Jewel Atkins at April 11, 2014 8:22 PM

Liberalism, where feeling good and righteous in large groups is more important than doing something positive in small groups.

Posted by: Potsie at April 12, 2014 4:30 AM

Let's take a look at (ie) this schools "history" of "education" in degreed woman's specific studies, title IX promotion, and "Dear Colleague..." administration.
Who's going to "defend" your ravings NOW...um...ladies(of both gonad designs)? Going to sit around clutching your pearls waiting for FIRE to defend you from CAIR?

Posted by: CaptDMO at April 12, 2014 4:36 AM

If Truth is no longer the highest value, then the highest value is something other than Truth.


Posted by: jwm at April 12, 2014 7:19 AM

@ JWM: Excellent! That "something other" is in the White House.

Posted by: twolaneflash at April 12, 2014 8:21 AM

It's as if they not only learned nothing from the Holocaust, but learned that appeasing genocidal anti-Semites is a great idea.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at April 12, 2014 8:26 AM

Progressive theory has no broad appeal without it's appeal to cowardice.

Posted by: james wilson at April 12, 2014 8:45 AM

Sad, but edifying.

Who's the back up speaker, Hillary ?

Is Condoleeza Rice still scheduled at Rutgers ?

Posted by: grace at April 12, 2014 10:11 AM

That's right James, they seek the power of the monopoly on force to do that which they have't the balls to do themselves.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 12, 2014 3:31 PM

I think I can see how Ms. Ali's speech would bother those whose minds are filled with fake piety towards Jihad Islam. Valor, candor and truth are vital cleansers--if you've opted for the dark, crusty vermin corridors of the mind why would you want these? 'Cowardice is the true sin,' as Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgokov put it during the depths of Stalinist terror in the 1930s.

Remember people, we're living in a country that might be rich in bombs and bombers but poor in courage. Remember: only two publications in the USA printed the Danish Cartoons during that stormy time. Two. Multimillion dollar jets zip around King County during Sea Fair while quiet nuclear subs ping and sift across ocean floors. Even so, this is not a country much in control of its national sphincter. Fight or Flight? We're, as they say, outta here.

Posted by: Dex Quire at April 12, 2014 7:20 PM

Liberals loathe (and fear) Ayaan Ali Hirsi because she tells the truth about Islam from a perspective which they cannot challenge. She's been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it. All the libs can do is try to silence her in order to hide the facts about their Muslim allies. But this brave woman refuses to be quiet. May God bless her and help her to open the ears of those who refuse to hear.

Posted by: waltj at April 14, 2014 11:16 AM