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The President of Brandeis University Should Resign

April 11th, 2014 - 4:00 pm

After reading the eloquent statement by Ayaan Hirsi Ali — “Here’s What I Would Have Said At Brandeis” — just posted at the Wall Street Journal, you can draw no conclusion but that President Lawrence should resign immediately from his post as president of that university. The rescinding of the invitation to Hirsi Ali to appear at their commencement is among the most immoral and reactionary behaviors in my lifetime by an American university.  Not only is it a desecration of the American founding principle of freedom of speech, it is unconscionable for a Jewish institution to have done this on the eve of Passover, the festival of freedom..

But let Ms. Hirsi Ali speak for herself.  She begins:

One year ago, the city and suburbs of Boston were still in mourning. Families who only weeks earlier had children and siblings to hug were left with only photographs and memories. Still others were hovering over bedsides, watching as young men, women, and children endured painful surgeries and permanent disfiguration. All because two brothers, radicalized by jihadist websites, decided to place homemade bombs in backpacks near the finish line of one of the most prominent events in American sports, the Boston Marathon.

All of you in the Class of 2014 will never forget that day and the days that followed. You will never forget when you heard the news, where you were, or what you were doing. And when you return here, 10, 15 or 25 years from now, you will be reminded of it. The bombs exploded just 10 miles from this campus.

Read the rest of this unforgettable statement at the WSJ.

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" Not only is it a desecration of the American founding principle of freedom of speech, it is unconscionable for a Jewish institution to have done this on the eve of Passover, the festival of freedom.."

I wonder if any Jewish institution tried to silence critics of Adolf Hitler and Nazism back, oh say around 1940, effectively taking the side of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis? None that I'm aware of, but Brandeis surly would have if they were to have been at all consistent then to what they have now become.
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I'm an alum. Even in the `80's the tension between the school's self-consciously Jewish identity and its equally self-conscious far left identity was tangible. The left has gotten much more anti-semitic in the meantime, so the cognitive dissonance has to be that much worse. It's been clear for some time that eventually they'd need to either fight or surrender. I think they made their choice this week, and I'll be surprised if Brandeis' Jewish origins are anything more than a historical curiosity 20 years from now.

With exquisite timing, the Alumni association called last night. I told them they won't see one cent for as long as Lawrence is President. Truth be told, though, it's unlikely that whoever might replace him would be any better (barring an unlikely full-scale donors' revolt), so I suspect I'm done donating to Brandeis forever.
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Yes, resign after apologizing to humanity, especially to women, Islam's greatest victims, and especially to young girls, for taking the side of the scourge of the earth against a woman with far more decency and moral courage, as well as physical courage, than the combined sorry lot of administration and faculty of Brandies will ever have.

"Between these two religions [Christianity and Islam], thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extinction of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men. The hand of Ishmael will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. It is, indeed, amongst the mysterious dealings of God, that this delusion should have been suffered for so many ages, and during so many generations of human kind, to prevail over the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus". (John Quincy Adams)
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Brandeis University was founded in 1948 by secular (i.e. progressive or non-religious) Jews. Therein lay the problem. For generations, secularists, both Jews and Gentiles, have been demeaning Western civilization and its heritage. It is ironic that Brandeis is now morphing into an enabler of radicals who would piously exterminate every living Jew. “Useful idiot” doesn’t even begin to describe such folly.
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"TOLERANCE BECOMES A CRIME WHEN APPLIED TOWARDS EVIL." Thomas Mann
This is on the masthead of a blog entitled "The Jawa Report". It seems especially apropos to Fred 'the Red' Lawrence, President of Brandeis.
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The president of Brandeis should resign or, better yet, he should be tarred and feathered and run out of town. .
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I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART THAT A TRUE LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION IS THE MOST PRACTICAL EDUCATION THERE IS." Fred Lawrence, President, Brandeis University
Send this f#ckin moron to an Arab country to live and let him get a real education.
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Lawrence's moral compass points right up his ass -- so he can always find his head
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The puzzle is why they ever invited her. Her views have been widely disseminated world wide. The murder of Theo Van Gogh was well reported. The president of Brandeis looks like a fool, rather than a villain.
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Fool and villain both. Don't deny him all his proper titles. Perhaps more will occur as well.
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Dittos
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http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0414/glick041114.php3#.U0kG-qL526k

Caroline Glick: More and more, every day we see American Jews embracing intellectual bondage. We see American Jewish leaders embracing the intolerant, who seek to constrain freedom, and shunning those who fight for freedom and the rights of Jews and other threatened peoples and groups.

To a large degree, this rejection of the lessons of the Exodus among the American Jewish community reflects the growing intolerance and tyranny of the political Left, to which most American Jews pledge their allegiance.

With increasing frequency, leftist groups and leaders in the US are openly acting to deny freedom of expression to their political and ideological foes, and to destroy the lives of people who oppose their dogma.

The rot runs deep.

Consider Brandeis University's craven and intolerant administration.

Brandeis was founded as a traditionally Jewish university in 1948, the year that Israel was established.

But whereas Israel has remained faithful to its sovereign duty to cultivate and defend Jewish freedom and engender a liberal democracy, over the years, Brandeis has largely abandoned its mission of standing up to intolerance, and protecting Jewish rights and those of other threatened groups.

Case in point is its obscene treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Hirsi Ali is a former Muslim who suffered genital mutilation as a child in Somalia and at age 21 fled to Holland to avoid a forced marriage.

After liberating herself, Hirsi Ali could have settled into a quiet European life. Instead, she dedicated her life to championing the rights of women and girls in Islamic societies.

For the past decade, Hirsi Ali has lived under an Islamic death sentence for her work. She can go nowhere without bodyguards.

In 2006, despite her membership in the Dutch parliament, Hirsi Ali was forced to flee to the US, when the Dutch government refused to continue to protect her.
In the US, as in Holland, she continues to campaign for the rights of women and girls in Islamic society.

Most recently, she was the executive producer of a new documentary film called Honor Diaries, which describes the plight of Muslim women and girls living in societies where they risk murder at the hands of their family members if they refuse to live in abject humiliation and submission to the misogyny of Islamic law.

Several months ago, Brandeis offered to confer an honorary doctorate on Hirsi Ali for her work on behalf of women and girls.

When the leftist and Muslim thought police in the Brandeis student body and faculty got wind of the university's plan to honor her, they joined forces with the Council on American-Islamic Relations to force the administration to cancel the honorary degree.

CAIR claims to be a Muslim civil rights group. And yet, the group that purports to care about the civil rights of Muslims is waging a nationwide campaign to bar screenings of Honor Diaries, at universities around the country.

When Fox News's intrepid host Megyn Kelly asked CAIR leaders this week how they can object to a film that seeks to help Muslims, they said they don't have a problem with its content. They object to the fact that it was produced by Jews (also known as "Islamophobes").

Far from being a civil rights group, CAIR is a pro- Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood organization. It was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas financing trial against the Holyland Foundation.

And yet, on Wednesday, Brandeis sided with CAIR and the thought police, against Hirsi Ali. Brandeis canceled its plan to confer its honorary doctorate on her.

And just as is the case with the New York UJA-Federation and the JCPA, Brandeis has no problem with double standard. As Daniel Mael, a Brandeis senior, noted in an interview with Andrew Breitbart, in 2006 Brandeis conferred an honorary degree on playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, the outspoken foe of Israel. Kushner has claimed that Israel's establishment was a "mistake," and that "it would have been better if Israel never happened." His work, particularly the film Munich, is replete with demonization of Israel and of the notion of Jewish power.

Mael noted that at the time, then-Brandeis president Jehuda Reinhartz defended his decision to honor Kushner by arguing, "Mr. Kushner is not being honored because he is a Jew, and he is not being honored for his political opinions. Brandeis is honoring him for his extraordinary achievements as one of this generation's foremost playwrights, whose work is recognized in the arts and also addresses Brandeis's commitment to social justice."

In other words, Brandeis's commitment to "social justice" involves shunning defenders of Muslim women and girls and celebrating foes of the Jewish state, which ensures Jewish freedom.

The work of activists like Mael, and of the trenchant demonstrators in New York is extremely important. But it is hard to be optimistic about the future freedom of America in general or of the
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Brandeis is run by Dhimmi wits
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Good one, Terry
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And so "Brain-dies" university has turned its back on its mission to spread enlightenment in favor of safeguarding correct thought amongst its student body.
"I prefer the company of peasants for they have not been sufficiently educated to reason incorrectly" - Montaigne
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