The very obvious question

From the man that Robert Stacey Stacy McCain recently said was in the running to be the Pyrite State’s “most right-wing professor,” Donald Douglas:

Brandeis University Withdraws Honorary Degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A woman with perhaps the world’s most compelling story of escape from radical Islam, now feeling the brunt of the leftist correct thought-enforcers.

From Ed Morrissey, at Hot Air, “Brandeis withdraws honorary degree offer to Ayaan Hirsi Ali“:

Brandeis University originally invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its spring commencement, and created a storm of controversy on its campus. It has now withdrawn that offer, and may have created a storm of controversy outside of its campus as well. The former Dutch parliamentarian has long spoken out against the excesses of Islam, from her own painful personal experience to the radicalism that fuels terrorism and war. Apparently, Brandeis just figured this out, which raises a number of questions…

Keep reading.

Also at Protein Wisdom, “The totalitarian Left has embraced Islamism, let no one dissent.” (via Memeorandum).

The obvious, but thus far unasked (rhetorical) question: if the speaker in question was a zealous anti-Israeli writer and activist, someone speaking out against Zionism, would Brandeisa Jewish university — have withdrawn the invitation and honorary degree?

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain has a bit more.


  1. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is in pretty good company, Albert Einstein declined the offer of an Honorary Degree from Brandeis which incidentally saw a sharp drop in donor support after Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme collapsed. If the leaders at Brandeis have allowed themselves to become influenced by Muslim money or intimidated by the threat of Islamic terrorism, they’re going to have a difficult time living up to their motto: Truth Even Unto Its Innermost Parts.

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  3. Truth Even Unto Its Innermost Parts

    Wow, ropelight. That’s one high falut’n motto. Especially for a left wing school that couldn’t recognize “Truth” if it slapped them in the face. And they’ve just proved it.

  4. Oh, they’re plenty bright enough at Brandeis, they know the truth alright, it’s that big prickly lump sticking in their craw they’re having so much trouble trying to swallow. The issue is more than just institutional cowardice, although that’s part of it, when push comes to shove mainstream Jewish political organizations abandon principle and line up behind leftist initiatives.

    There’s almost nothing more important to them than remaining welcome within the Democrat liberal establishment. So, when an anti-Israel President and his pro-Palestinian Administration crank up the heat to snub a girl victimized by Islam it really doesn’t matter what the right thing to do is, it only matters that Jews maintain their membership in good standing in the Leftist pantheon.

    What’s one more injustice inflicted on a girl compared to an invitation to lunch in the White House?

  5. Unfortunately, Rope, every word of yours above is oh-so-true. Especially the last line:

    What’s one more injustice inflicted on a girl compared to an invitation to lunch in the White House?

    It just confirms a point I have made before. When it comes to left wingers and left wing politics, no matter how cynical you are about them, it’s never cynical enough!

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