'Hate Speech': the Left’s Term for 'Opposing Viewpoints'

Last week, a mass email went out at Yale University (my alma mater) protesting an upcoming visit from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a political activist and staunch critic of Islam. The subject line reads, “Dear Friends: More Speech, Not Hate Speech.” The email reveals that by “hate speech,” the writers mean what the Left usually means when they use that term: “opinions we don’t agree with.”

Thirty-two student organizations signed the email under the leadership of Yale’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). That’s a revised number after the MSA was forced to reveal that its original list of 36 organizations was falsified. So, not a good start.

The signees announced that they feel “highly disrespected” by the mere fact of the invitation, because Ali stands accused of “hate speech” against Islam. Her very presence on campus, they argue, would be “marginalizing” and “uncomfortable” for Muslim students and their allies.

Let’s get a few things straight.

At five years old, Ms. Ali suffered protracted genital mutilation at the instruction of her grandmother, who “circumcised” the defenseless child according to the traditional practices of her Islamic clan. The MSA refers to these events as “unfortunate circumstances.”