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April 9, 2014 - 8:03 am

The students, faculty and staff of Brandeis University have submitted themselves to dhimmitude.

Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.

The university said in a statement posted online that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.

“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,” said the university’s statement. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion, “Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.”

Ali knows well of what she speaks. She was raised Muslim in Somalia, survived female genital mutilation, escaped Somalia’s civil war and became a member of the Dutch parliament. But Islam followed her, and credibly threatened her life. She and Theo Van Gogh produced a short film critical of Islam’s treatment of women, called Submission. A Muslim murdered Van Goch on an Amsterdam street in 2004. His killer used a knife to pin a note to Van Gogh’s body, and in that note he threatened Ali.

The threats became too much, and Ali was once again forced to move, this time to the United States.

So she knows very well what she is criticizing and why she criticizes it. Shame on Brandeis. The university probably thinks it is making a statement for tolerance, but in rescinding Ali’s honor, it is making a very different statement.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Brandeis needs to change the name of its sports teams from the Judges to the "Fighting Dhimmis" ... oh, wait, that would mean they'd have to be willing to fight okay, the "Crawling Dhimmis" instead.
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Once again, the Progs have shown that they choose to side with people who'd chop off their heads given half a chance.
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Keep showing them that intimidation works and they'll keep using intimidation. Why is that so hard to understand?
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Yea, Brandeis is a private university and its founders must be whirling in their graves. The Muslims must contribute a lot of money to the school for this to happen!
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Somebody might have mentioned this already but where is Hillary? If she has done so much for breaking the glass sealing for women, why is she not coming to the defense of this brave lady? I mean come on at least a comment from her.
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Everyone knows the real threat to women's rights is blouses cost more to dry clean than oxford shirts.

Feminism isn't about women, it's about white, liberal upper middle class white women, also known as "who gives a f*ck if some black woman's genitals are mutilated if it's $1.25 more to launder my blouse than some man's shirt".

This is why I treat feminists a little lower than I would someone who just said that outright...the second person would at least get props for being honest about the whole thing.
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I don't know how that reality tidbit entered your grasp, but it's GOLD.

Did somebody go to the cleaners today?
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"Political Correctness", which bullies differing opinions, has burgeoned into a vicious, Nazi-like personal vindictiveness. It is commonplace for Left to demand personal destruction of its victims. They lie to you "for your own good", corrupt science, openly express anti-Semitism, and suppress dissent everywhere. This Fascistic behavior is un-American and must be reversed if we are to survive as a free people.
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Follow the money contributed by big muslim sponsors here in the USA. College which already lean left and mostly anti Israel now are attended by large muslim students who are all members of MSA which is affiliated with CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood. There are at least 6 muslim brotherhood member at high levels within the Obama administration. This is outrageous behavior but increasingly common on college campuses throughout the US which are participating in Israeli boycotts and otherwise doing the dirty work of the muslim brotherhood--unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist trials a few years ago. Part of the Muslim plot to take America down from within. God help us.
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Ms. Ali shouldn't get some phony degree from a bunch of Ivory Tower cowards.

She should get The Congressional Medal of Honor for her relentless bravery in fighting against THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR.

She is a true hero of human liberty.

~ The Infidel Alliance
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And isn't Brandeis supposed to be a Jewish University, in the Bagels and Lox sense of Jewish?
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The democrat party and it's auxiliaries like Brandeis are at war with all women who do not submit.
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I guess Ayaan Hirsi Ali didn’t buy into George W. Bush’s “Islam is love, not hate”. Maybe Brandeis could award that honorary degree to George W. Bush.
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Let's hope Yeshiva U. Sees an opportunity to right a wrong.
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