Roger L. Simon

The President of Brandeis University Should Resign

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.