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  1. Thank you for this. I will share it.

    Comment by David Boone — April 9, 2014 @ 5:42 AM

  2. I also note that towards the end of the longer clip I just posted, Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks her intention to have male circumcision legally forbidden. She tried, but fortunately, her initiative was overturned.
    So why would an institution anchored in Jewish tradition honour a woman who advocates the prohibition of the performance of a mitzvah which has traditionally defined Jewish identity?

    Comment by Linda Feldman — April 9, 2014 @ 5:56 AM

  3. Thank you for your topic …….realy this topic open our eyes how they think????………..

    Comment by Hayim Curiel — April 9, 2014 @ 6:13 AM

  4. Stupid.move Brandeis.

    Comment by Gene Strong — April 9, 2014 @ 9:21 AM

  5. how very sad. Hirsi ali is a true hero and brandeis university proved itself to be a true coward.

    Comment by Bob Maram — April 9, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

  6. So: Brandeis panders to Fatwas. And Columbia University invites and celebrates Hugo Chavez and other despicable guests. People get real: these are the intellectual lofty places we are taught to uphold and admire. That’s where it’s at.
    This talented woman will get recognition and tribute from bigger better places, just as she deserves.

    Comment by Levana Kirschenbaum — April 9, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

  7. So: Brandeis panders to Fatwas. And Columbia University invites and celebrates Hugo Chavez and other despicable guests. People get real: these are the intellectual lofty places we are taught to uphold and admire. That’s where it’s at.
    This talented woman will get recognition and tribute from bigger better places, just as she deserves.

    Comment by Levana Kirschenbaum — April 9, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

  8. So: Brandeis panders to Fatwas. And Columbia University invites and celebrates Hugo Chavez and other despicable guests. People get real: these are the intellectual lofty places we are taught to uphold and admire. That’s where it’s at.
    This talented woman will get recognition and tribute from bigger better places, just as she deserves.

    Comment by Levana Kirschenbaum — April 9, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

  9. I wonder after two generations of non-stop migration…….after 40 years of 747 filled to the brim with one-way ticket holders from the land of the believers……arrival halls teeming……is America….oh so slowly but surely becoming their battelfied?

    Comment by Robert Sidi — April 9, 2014 @ 11:39 AM

  10. Shame on Brandeis University to give in to these brainwashed students.
    Hirsi Ali should be recommended for telling the truth with threats on her own life. I'm really disgusted by Brandeis decision. Again shame on you. Look in the mirror and wake up.

    Comment by Isaac Waterman — April 9, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

  11. For shame, cowardly Brandeis. Caving to such mindless intolerants, who refuse to accept the truth about the widespread abuse of women in Islamic societies.

    Comment by Bonny Wright — April 9, 2014 @ 1:04 PM

  12. Thanks cowardly Brandeis for bringing attention to Hirsi Ali and her movies Honor Diaries and Submission both about the institutionalized abuse of women. May the West wake up soon from its ideological comma.

    Comment by Ed Clough — April 9, 2014 @ 1:25 PM

  13. This is a terrible precedent. Now we can only expect that the next time Brandeis plans to give an honorary degree to an anti-semite or a pro-nazi white supremacist, they will likely cave to political pressure from Jewish groups. FOR SHAME!! We should be allowed to confirm our political hatred of people through university honorary degrees without prejudice!!!!

    Comment by Idris Effendi — April 9, 2014 @ 2:22 PM

  14. Shame on Brandeis.

    Comment by Ella Vaisberg — April 9, 2014 @ 3:35 PM

  15. My alma mater caves in to a fatwa from a minority of students. Courageous act! Truth unto its innermost parts used to be the Brandies motto. I used to believe it, but not any more. Now truth gives in to fear. Congratulations to all the faculty that caved. If you can't stand up for this brave woman, what can you stand for?

    Comment by Frederick Marden — April 9, 2014 @ 3:37 PM

  16. Shame on Brandeis. They are as cowardly as the University of California. No wonder this nation is going under.

    Comment by Ann Puckett — April 9, 2014 @ 4:10 PM

  17. I was under the impression that Brandeis University was a Jewish Institution and adhered to Jewish Principles,.guess I was wrong.

    Comment by Elena Bowman — April 9, 2014 @ 4:18 PM

  18. Luckily, she didn't donate to California's Prop 8 — she would have lost her job, too !

    Comment by Steve Brown — April 9, 2014 @ 4:25 PM

  19. Behold, thou mayest critic, and must, critic any religion but Islam!!! Have our institutions of "liberal learning" caved in to the most oppressive un-liberal minorities, yet again? Perhaps the next step should be for these institution of "higher learning to revise the teaching of history, science, math and other subjects to bring them in line with 7th century Islam? I'm sure the day when some liberal university will take such steps is not too far off.

    I find it interesting that these minorities fled their countries of origin in order to live under freedoms and human rights that were totally non-existent in their lands. Yet, It is painfully obvious they only did so to destroy any vestige of human rights; to destroy anything and everything the West fought for so hard, for so long. This minority takes full advantage of everything the West offers while working from within (like a cancerous growth!) to destroy it.

    Shame on Brandeis, for its non liberal cave in, shame for its disgusting cowardice! I have no doubt that had they invited Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sheikh Yussuf al-Qaradawi they would not have disinvited him even if every single Christian and Jewish student protested. They haven't invited him yet, but there is always next year…

    Comment by Chaim Szmidt — April 9, 2014 @ 5:04 PM

  20. Cowards now truth is hate speech right and these muslims are the same ones charging an infant 9 month old baby with attempted murder. Their religon and it should be a cult testifies against itself their own laws and beliefs and life styles say how they dishonor all humanity and when the light of truth shines on it they want to commit murder like they always do. Well you can murder the people for your moon god and pedophile prophet but you never get rid of the truth. And anyone who caves to islam are cowards and evil loving child molesting murdering lovers and join in their great sin which has brought them no peace and never will they will destroy themselves just as they are doing now. Dont like what Im saying come try to murder me I fight back and have no fear of your cult lead murderers and child molesters come on don't be afraid come on! I will introduce you to Jesus personally.

    Comment by Henry Stafford Jr. — April 9, 2014 @ 5:19 PM

  21. I guess Brandies learned something about honoring controversial figures. Why were they honoring her in the first place? Someone in her past got killed for her message. They thought they could honor her and incur zero risk? Why not an honorary degree to Rashdie? They should have been willing to accept the potential risk but they blinked… much for giving "feel good" degrees.

    Comment by Dale Moshe Sumbureru — April 9, 2014 @ 5:47 PM

  22. Left wing pussies. Better give a posthumous degree to Mohammed. That will win you Brownie Points with the mustards.

    Comment by Martin Donohoe — April 9, 2014 @ 5:50 PM

  23. There is no diversity or tolerance in America anymore. A great nation has succumbed to hate, anger and a one party system. If you are not a Liberal and support all their activist agendas – be it Global Warming, Abortion, PETA, and more – you have no voice and do not count. Hopefully, when this "evil empire" is out of office – we will be restored to a sane and kindly world again.

    Comment by Christy Frey Nickle — April 9, 2014 @ 7:02 PM

  24. What has Hirsi Ali done for women in the Netherlands, nothing, nada, zero. People continue the false reporting, while she was used as a poster child by the PVDA socialist to discredit and call Pim Fortuyn who was assassinated in 2002. She called him a racist, sexist and danger to minorities in the Netherlands. She became famous after the barbaric beheading of Theo van Gogh on the streets of Amsterdam. This saga exemplifies the debauched culture and cowardice of the Western world. Pim Fortuyn was racist, sexist, and a danger to minorities because he challenged the multicultural agenda and apartheid and defended the right to freedom of speech and a fraudster and opportunist is hailed as a hero……

    Comment by Lisette Muntslag — April 9, 2014 @ 7:35 PM

  25. Not a bit surprised, not a group noted for their courage.

    Comment by Bernie Conry — April 9, 2014 @ 7:53 PM

  26. So non-Jew cannot hold opinions on male circumcision? We should ignore all of the work she does for women because she doesn't believe little boys should be circumcised? She is in no way obligated to agree with Jewish Law.

    Comment by Dena N. Smith — April 9, 2014 @ 8:23 PM

  27. Isn't BRANDEIS a JEWISH School?
    Aren't the Muslims the "Sworn Enemies" of the Jews and Israel?
    Why are Muslims attending a Jewish School?…to cause trouble?
    Why is there a Muslim Student Council at Brandeis?
    Why did Freddie Lawrence… cave in ?

    Where does it say we have to educate our sworn enemies children?

    Why not just have a Nazi Student Council as well?

    Comment by Anonymous — April 9, 2014 @ 8:42 PM

  28. Brandeis brats are a group of pathetic self-hating Jews

    Comment by Lloyd Bergner — April 9, 2014 @ 8:45 PM

  29. I sent this to President Lawrence (

    I read that President Lawrence caved in to pressure from some militant “Islamic” students, who apparently dislike what Ms. Ali has had to say about militant “Islam’s” treatment of women. Please convey to President Lawrence that he has lost my respect, and that Brandeis University has lost my respect.

    I am not a politically correct person, and I say what needs to be said about nithings (a Scandinavian word for enemies of Humanity) that stone women to death for mostly imaginary offenses that include being rape victims, kill people for being Jews, Christians, or the wrong kinds of Muslims, crash airplanes into buildings, practice female genital mutilation, feel free to “take” any woman who does not cover her face with a sack (, shoot up fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, and so on. Those are the behavioral choices—and I stress behavioral choices, because a behavioral choice is not a race or an ethnicity—that Ms. Ali condemns. If “Muslim” Brandeis students accuse her of attacking what they call Islam, then what they call Islam is indeed a problem.

    Note that I put “Muslim” in quotes. Most Muslim-Americans do not act that way, or support that kind of behavior. Most of them probably immigrated for the same reason German Jews tried to immigrate from Germany during the 1930s; to get away from Nazis or their equivalent. They are not the Muslims whom Hirsi Ali is talking about, just like German Jews, other German refugees, and the White Rose Society (e.g. Sophie Scholl) were emphatically not Nazis. The Brandeis students in question, on the other hand, seem to support the behavioral choices I have described.

    I can tell you, as a Penn State alumnus, that a Penn State education is as good as anything from an Ivy League University, or Brandeis, and it costs far less for in-state students. This is true despite the current problems with Penn State’s governance. It sounds to me like students should consider first-rate state Universities as alternatives to Brandeis, whose administration is clearly willing to let the dregs of humanity run the University.

    William A. Levinson

    More detail here:

    Three Murderous Ideologies: Nazism, Communism, and Militant Islam
    By William A. Levinson

    Militant Islam has far more in common with Nazism and Communism than it does with any genuine religious faith. All three have two common elements: (1) the openly stated intention to rule the entire world and (2) a claim to the right to deport, oppress, re-educate, or exterminate those who do not fit into their regimes. Militant Islam can, despite the lessons of 1939-1945 as well as the Holodomor (genocide by starvation of Ukrainians), China's Cultural Revolution, Stalin's Great Purge, and the killing fields of Cambodia, promote this agenda today by masquerading as a religion, with all the legal and social protections that this implies.

    Militant Islam Says It Will Dominate the World

    "Your Job in Germany," which was created by Theodor Seuss Geisel for the U.S. Army, discusses the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) explicitly starting at about 6:30. "They were brought up on straight propaganda, products of the worst educational crime in the history of the entire world." That was true until the Hamasjugend, which is better-known as the Palestinian children's show Pioneers of Tomorrow, came along.

    In Pioneers of Tomorrow, a Mickey Mouse clone named Farfur talks explicitly of "world leadership under Islamic leadership." The girl who co-hosts the show elaborates that "[w]e, the great ones [Herrenvolk], started this program to lead the world. The nucleus [Axis], with the will of Allah, will be here in Palestine." Another Pioneers of Tomorrow video says openly, "We will annihilate the Jews[,]" and "[w]e've said more than once that becoming masters of the world requires the following; first, to be happy with our Arabic language." The last ideology that talked about annihilating Jews and becoming master of the world came with a swastika.

    …Opposition to Nazism during the late 1930s and early 1940s was in no way racist toward German-Americans. Almost all members of the German-American Bund were of German ancestry, but very few people of German ancestry joined the Bund. The problem Germans were easily identifiable through behavioral choices such as goose-stepping, heiling Hitler, and waving swastika flags. Most Muslim-Americans are similarly loyal citizens, while the problems are again easily identifiable from their behavioral choices.

    Comment by William A Levinson — April 9, 2014 @ 8:50 PM

  30. They should give an honorary degree to Nidal Hasan, the militant "Muslim" who shot up Fort Hood–or maybe one of the 9/11 hijackers.

    Comment by William A Levinson — April 9, 2014 @ 8:52 PM

  31. if you give one penny of alumni donation funds to this dumb, bigoted "school" you are complicit in this outrage. t his embarrassment.

    Comment by Judith Grayson — April 9, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

  32. The issue really isn't her politics or her religion. It's the fact that once again, an American institution of higher education has backed down due to outside pressure. Free speech was at one time paramount to our great nation, but alas, no more. We've succumbed to what Pope John Paul II referred to as the dictatorship of moral relativism.

    Comment by Craig Richardson — April 9, 2014 @ 10:19 PM

  33. So Hirsi Ali's time as a social worker in the Netherlands helping Muslim immigrants and asylum seekers was nothing? Her push to educate people about genital mutilation as a religious custom being imported from Muslim countries to the Netherlands is nada? Her work geth the government to improve the asylum process is zero? I don't think so.

    Comment by Diane Maggie McInnis Miller — April 9, 2014 @ 11:32 PM

  34. Why do I think that Brandeis would have no problem ignoring student protests about any speaker criticizing ANY other religion?

    Comment by Diane Maggie McInnis Miller — April 9, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

  35. I watched Ayaan debate in "is Islam a religion of peace" she is awesome

    Comment by Joe Khoury — April 9, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

  36. I've read and listened to Ayaan Hirsi Ali for years and she is one of the best informed, most courageous women on the planet. The cowardice of Brandeis has damaged their reputation and deprived their students of a learning experience. What a disgrace!

    Comment by Robert Lange — April 9, 2014 @ 11:55 PM

  37. More tolerance from liberals- any alums of Brandeis should be ashamed of your president.

    Comment by John M Fenton — April 10, 2014 @ 12:07 AM

  38. Being a controversial figure is one thing, however no one should have to fear for their life for speaking the truth as they see it. Ms. Hirsi Ali suffered at the hands of her culture. We cannot say it was the religion at fault, but more the people in that culture and how they use their religion to subjugate other people.

    I would be less surprised to hear that they retracted on the basis of her remarks about genital mutilation, that in her opinion, male circumcision is more harmful that the most common type of female circumcision (removing a small piece of the clitoral hood).

    Ms. Hirsi Ali has been triumphing human rights for years now. An honorary degree will not change the good that she's done, and she doesn't need an honor from a school not willing to recognize the great work she's done because some of their students can't accept criticism.

    Comment by Laurel Wing Robertson — April 10, 2014 @ 3:26 AM

  39. WHAT ? The inmates running the office … OH, It's Brandeis that great institution of higher learning and tolerance. Oy vey !

    Comment by Donald Levinson — April 10, 2014 @ 3:47 AM

  40. How would you know if you are a Canadian and not an American. You are just another foreigner destined to destroy the American dream of being equal.

    Comment by Cody Flecker — April 10, 2014 @ 4:29 AM

  41. The quotes in my previous entry were by Hirsi Ali against Islam, I changed them to refer to Jews and Judaism to see if they ring a differentb bell in your readers. Sorry for the double-posting.

    Comment by Jeff Siddiqui — April 10, 2014 @ 5:03 AM

  42. Shame upon you Fred Lawrence! You and your university betray the exact core values you elsewhere honor in parade speeches. Just like Obama: you talk and out comes warm air.

    Comment by Kjeld Hesselmann — April 10, 2014 @ 9:59 AM

  43. Exactly, and the downtrodden free speech points to only one source: Islam! The Muslim fifth column is as dangerous as ever.

    Comment by Kjeld Hesselmann — April 10, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

  44. Cody Flecker – I am an American – don't judge before you know!

    Comment by Christy Frey Nickle — April 10, 2014 @ 3:15 PM

  45. When and where is the demonstration? I want to be there to tear up my Brandeis Masters diploma 2000

    Comment by Diana Henry — April 10, 2014 @ 8:56 PM

  46. Christy Frey Nickle I didn't think that Alberta was a part of the USA. As far as I am concerned, you think like a Canadian, which may be ok in Canada, but not in the USA.

    Comment by Cody Flecker — April 11, 2014 @ 5:15 AM

  47. Cody Flecker Hmmmmmm….I think from the sounds of it you think more like most Canadians and are on the liberal side of things:)

    Comment by Christy Frey Nickle — April 11, 2014 @ 2:53 PM

  48. Cody Flecker Though I don't know Christy Frey Nickle's citizenship, Canada IS part of America, though not part of the United States. So what she said was actually correct. But, in either case, I don't believe that you can generalize about people's attitudes just by where a person lives. To Christy Nickle I would say that in the USA, at least, there is a lot of diversity and tolerance but there also are many examples of political pressure being used, both by the right and the left, to suppress dissenting voices. This is not a new phenomenon but I believe it should be opposed whenever it occurs. I personally believe that HIrsi Ali deserves to be honored but running a university is a delicate balancing act. There is a case to be made for not displeasing any substantial constituency of the university.

    Comment by Alice Derman — April 11, 2014 @ 5:48 PM

  49. If she is so smart and know so much she should also know that forced marrige and destroying girl privat parts is not allowed in Islam, these problems are cultural.

    Comment by Agnes Ósk — April 13, 2014 @ 3:03 PM

  50. Christy, it is the ugly truth, extremism disguised as altruism and the obsession with race is the ugly truth……

    Comment by Lisette Muntslag — April 13, 2014 @ 7:12 PM

  51. Thank you for your clarification on this matter, Lisette. I thought, I remembered that she was an opportunists as well as being very controversial & two-faced 6 or so years ago.

    Comment by Marc Winger — April 13, 2014 @ 8:18 PM

  52. Cody Flecker Wow! Such parochialism!! An American living in Canada is also a knowledgeable North American – and both countries share a common culture, if not a common government. It's difficult, however, to pinpoint your own political point of view; however, that of Christy Frey Nickle is one of common sense Conservatism that is shared by sensible people on BOTH sides of the 49th parallel!! BTW, I'm an American who worked for the Canadian Govt in the USA for many years – and I know whereof I speak!!

    Comment by Joy Daniels Brower — April 14, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

  53. Yes, Marc Winger, I will keep talking about this fraud because the lame stream media in the US jumped on the bandwagon to misinform the US public about Pim Fortuyn ( a white Christian male) as right-wing extremist, while they glorify this fraudster, feminist and opportunist. The United States is welcoming people like her to become citizens and at the same time criminalizing others who play by the rules……..

    Comment by Lisette Muntslag — April 15, 2014 @ 2:24 PM

  54. Disgraceful behaviour.Shame on you Fred Lawrence & your university.Too afraid of outside pressure?

    Comment by EstherandAlfred Noodelman — April 27, 2014 @ 1:17 AM

  55. The fault was with the Brandeis administration in allowing themselves to be bullied by students whose faith must be weak. If they are strong in their faith they should be able to take criticism.

    Comment by Sharon Cave — April 27, 2014 @ 1:22 AM

  56. If Brandeis refused her because of this,I retract my criticism of their decision to cancel her visit.

    Comment by EstherandAlfred Noodelman — April 27, 2014 @ 1:24 AM

  57. Christy Frey Nickle An American who was obviously smart enough to expat out to Canada!!

    Comment by Sharon Cave — April 27, 2014 @ 1:25 AM

  58. Henry, henry, henry!! Oh poor Henry, please re-read your post. Your own religious based hatred of Islam, "I will introduce you to Jesus personally" through murder is just as extreme as the demands made by the fundamentalist muslims attending the school.

    Comment by Sharon Cave — April 27, 2014 @ 1:31 AM

  59. Agnes Osk right Islam just believes in marrying 6 year old girls and Iran is instituting the right to marriage rape of these girls. Its culture to be a pervert like Mohammed and honored by the moon god Allah who thinks child molestation is a good thing.

    Comment by Henry Stafford Jr. — April 27, 2014 @ 1:55 AM

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