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

With unimaginable bravery and resourcefulness, Ali escaped a forced marriage in Africa and sought asylum in the Netherlands. She rose from desperation and obscurity to obtain a seat in the Dutch parliament. After painful introspection and extensive academic analysis, she began courageously speaking out against the institutionalized rape, mutilation, and murder of Muslim women and girls. She argued that those atrocities are supported by the principles of Islam.

In this, according to the MSA, she “overlooked the complexity of sociopolitical issues in Muslim-majority countries.” Presumably it was somewhere in between working as a translator for a Rotterdam refugee center and obtaining an advanced degree in political science that Ali allowed the finer points of intercultural analysis to slip her mind. Luckily, a clique of twenty-year-old undergraduates sheltered behind the walls of one of the world’s wealthiest institutions is here to remind her.

For the crime of daring to speak out against Islamic violence in the Netherlands, Ms. Ali was accused of “religious discrimination” and threatened with death by extremists. The intimidated Dutch authorities effectively abandoned her and chased her out of the country. They trumped up a technicality from her fourteen-year-old citizenship application, leading her to resign. Not to be deterred, Ali escaped to America to continue her heroic work. Perhaps she hoped that the U.S., at least, would protect her right to speak.

Except that Ms. Ali has been stonewalled once already this year from speaking at an American university. Last April, Brandeis cancelled its plans to award Ali an honorary degree after students petitioned in protest against her “hate speech.” A brazen move coming from the university that had already honored playwright Tony Kushner, who calls supporters of Israel “repulsive.”