“This makes my blood boil!” My father used that expression when he was upset at some major injustice. The issue I share today is the first time I choose to use this expression. It makes my blood boil, when I hear what Brandeis University has done to one of the truly great heroes of the century. Could there be a more socially evil way of dishonoring someone than to offer an unsolicited HONORARY DEGREE (along with an invitation to speak at Commencement), and then take it back? I thought an honorary degree had something to do with honor. Hello? That is exactly what has just happened at Brandeis University. Who is the Islamophobe? It is not this indomitable lady, it is the University. They fear Islam. Shame on Brandeis University.
Here is the background. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken activist, author, filmmaker and lecturer was supposed to be awarded an honorary degree at Brandeis University, but the school changed its mind to protect the sensibilities of its Muslim students. The protest against her began with a single petition from a Muslim student and quickly spread throughout the campus. Ali is a former Muslim who now champions Islam unchained. Now a Fellow at Harvard, she has been on the run most of her life. In the Netherlands, she wrote the script and provided the voice for “Submission” a film severely critical of Islam’s treatment of women. Her producer, Theo Van Gogh, was murdered and no place was safe for Ali. She became a fugitive until moving to the USA.
(This summary leaves out that she escaped from Somalia after female genital mutilation, rape, beatings and terror to find a life and education and then rise as a member of Parliament in the Netherlands for several years. When her producer was murdered a note on him warned that she was next! She lives under Muslim fatwas calling for her murder.) Yet she continues to speak out and is one of nine women featured in the documentary Honor Diaries:
Honor Diaries explores violence against women in honor-based societies, with particular focus on female genital mutilation (FGM), honor violence and honor killings, early and forced marriage, and lack of access to education. The film profiles nine women’s rights activists with origins in the Muslim (and non-Muslim) world, and follows their efforts to affect change, both within their communities and beyond. Honor Diaries premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2013 and won the Interfaith Award for Best Documentary at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November 2013.
There is a great Op-Ed at Israel National News by Jack Engelhard. Please read it. I was so moved that I wrote a comment, which is relatively rare for me. The Kelly File on Fox News has also done a great job this week covering this story. Click here for the six-minute video interview by Megyn Kelly. (Also, another good article on Newsmax, for you avid readers).
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