[The Death Throes of Western Civilization, Part 98]
By now, most of you (unless you get your news from PBS or CBS, who seem to have missed it) will have heard of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the courageous battler for women’s rights who was “disinvited” by ultra-liberal Brandeis University as its 2014 commencement speaker.
Her story is an amazing story of courage in the face of oppression, brutality, murder, cowardice and hypocrisy. Brandeis’ shunning of her in deference to Islamist pressure is the most shameful chapter in the history of this Jewish institution founded as a place of post-Holocaust tolerance.
After fleeing her Somali homeland for refuge in Holland, she became a feminist leader and was elected to the Dutch parliament. She wrote the script for a movie critical of Islamic repression of women (Submission); the filmmaker (Theo Van Gogh) was brutally murdered by an Islamist assassin, and a note threatening Ali was pinned to the dead man’s chest – with a knife. You can read the note here. (Scroll down for the English translation, which begins “Open letter to Hirshi Ali: In the name of Allah – the Beneficent – the Merciful…”. I guess it really IS a religion of peace!)
The Dutch government – of which she was a member - encouraged her to resign from parliament and to flee to the US. The late Christopher Hitchens wrote about her here.
She is a black woman, a battling feminist, and an atheist. You would think she would be the toast of Brandeis. But Brandeis president Frederick Lawrence explained that some of her statements about Islamic treatment of women were “inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.” (Past honorees and speakers include retired terrorist Bill Ayers and Israel-hater Tony Kushner.)
So know we know what Brandeis’ “core values” consist of: “Speak no evil of Islam.” Is this from pro-Islamism, or from sheer cowardice in the face of Islamist violence? Does it really matter which?
Here, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, is the speech that she would have delivered to the Brandeis commencement, if she had not been silenced by the Islamist/PC thought police. You ought to read it. School children ought to be reciting it (if such things were still done in schools).
A Proposal: On a location as close as possible to the Brandeis campus (perhaps within sight of the Brandeis/Roberts MBTA station on South Street in Waltham, Mass.), a monument should be erected to this great, brave lady. On the base, her speech should be inscribed in full. Along with that statement about Brandeis’ “core values”.
If somebody is already working on it, I will contribute my retiree’s mite. And I’ll serve on the fund-raising committee.