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Tag Archive: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Apr 17 2014

Silence empowers the Neo-Nazis

As I’ve been pointing out, Ayaan Hirsi Ali gets misread by people who are convinced she’s a far-right racist, or people who want to convince others that she is. There’s “Loonwatch” for instance. Loonwatch gives a very warped version of the talk in which she mentioned Anders Breivik. The article is titled Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Sympathizes …

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Apr 11 2014

We do no favors when we shut our eyes to this link

The Wall Street Journal has a condensed version of what would have been Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s talk at Brandeis had they not rudely withdrawn her invitation to receive an honorary degree. (Yes, I’m spelling it out in full every time.) You deserve better memories than 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing. And you are not …

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Apr 11 2014

Pants on fire

Ohhhhhhhhh fuck you, BBC. Today’s must-read Brandeis University’s decision not to bestow an honorary degree on a women’s rights advocate and outspoken critic of the Islamic faith has generated a firestorm of criticism from conservative media outlets.

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Apr 11 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Women Victims of Islam”

I published an article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali at ur-Butterflies and Wheels way back in 2005, when she was still an MP in the Netherlands. It was a talk she gave at a UN conference in Geneva, one of three. I published all three. Here’s the background information I provided at the time: A one-day …

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Apr 11 2014

Target

So what’s the first thing I read after writing that? Jason Linkins in the Huffington Post on Brandeis and the fallout thereof. Here’s a thing that happened in the immediate wake of Brandeis’ decision to put the kibosh on Hirsi Ali’s planned appearance: The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol started typing stuff.

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Apr 11 2014

Further thoughts on Brandeis

And another thing. Those two core sentences in Brandeis’s statement taking back the honorary degree it had announced it was awarding to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 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. …

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Apr 10 2014

“Hats off to Brandeis University!”

But of course there are people who are delighted that Brandeis University decided to publicly shame Ayaan Hirsi Ali by withdrawing its already announced award of an honorary degree. One of them is Duke University’s Muslim chaplain Imam Abdullah Antepli. He has a piece at the Huffington Post rejoicing at Brandeis’s clumsy and insulting move. He …

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Apr 09 2014

Brush up your press release, start hiding it now

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Brandeis’s original press release about its honorary degrees and commencement speaker for this year, via the Internet Archive: Brandeis’s revised press release about its honorary degrees and commencement speaker for this year: We have always been at war with Eastasia.    

Apr 09 2014

Somebody did something, but we can’t say who

Brandeis issued a revoltingly passive-aggressive cowardly evasive statement about its chickenshit surrender to theocrats. Following a discussion today between President Frederick Lawrence and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ms. Hirsi Ali’s name has been withdrawn as an honorary degree recipient at this year’s commencement. Weasels. Say it! “We rescinded our honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali scheduled …

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Apr 09 2014

Brandeis! You’re on the naughty stool

Holy shit. Brandeis has withdrawn an honorary degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Brandeis 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. That is shocking. Ali, a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to …

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