Video response to the controversy surrounding Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brandeis University reversing their decision to give her an honorary degree.
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So Brandeis University decided to reverse their decision to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree. This was no doubt because of the actions of some folks/organizations getting upset because she’s critical of certain aspects of religion, specifically Islam. What’s worse about all of this is that did Brandeis even know who they were giving this degree to? Did they even bother to research her work and activism AHEAD of time before they made their announcement? This is why the university’s decision was nothing more than ridiculous, to say the least, and many people especially in the atheist community and elsewhere (even Muslims who oppose extreme actions) should be upset over their cave in to the demands of the easily upset folks who don’t want their ideas scrutinized by someone brave like Hirsi Ali.
Statement from Brandeis University
New York Times – “Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam”
“Protest Brandeis University’s withdrawal of honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali”
Dave Silverman – “Open Letter to Fred Lawrence, Brandeis University President”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘They Simply Wanted Me to be Silenced’
Wall Street Journal - “Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis”
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