The Jewish-sponsored school Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., announced Tuesday that it would withdraw Ayaan Hirsi Ali from a list of five individuals for whom it had intended to confer an honorary doctorate degree during its May commencement ceremony.
The school announced that it would be rescinding the honor after it realized that “certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”
The New York Times noted that while universities may frequently host speakers with controversial opinions, “awarding an honorary degree … is more akin to affirming the body of a recipient’s work.”
In the eight days since Brandeis first announced its list of honorary degree recipients, one student created an online petition, which garnered more than 6,000 signatures demanding the school reverse course.
Characterizing her views as “extreme Islamophobic” and “hate speech,” the student argued that petitioners were not “belittling the severity of the issues that she raises” but feel that her comments violate the mission of a school “which prides itself on social justice.”
So, the progs of Brandeis would welcome a future caliphate in America?
Perhaps they should consider moving to Saudi Arabia, where they apparently might feel more at home.