Posted on | April 9, 2014 | 23 Comments
Brandeis University has withdrawn an honorary degree for the courageous truth-teller Ayaan Hirsi Ali, because gutless lying liberals hate truth and courage. Bill Kristol is disgusted:
Brandeis University has in recent years bestowed an honorary degree on Tony Kushner, who called the creation of Israel as a Jewish state “a mistake” and who attacked Israel for ethnic cleansing and for causing “terrible peril in the world.” Brandeis has also honored Desmond Tutu, who compared Israel to Hitler, attacked the “Jewish lobby” as too “powerful” and “scary,” and complained of the “Jewish monopoly of the Holocaust.” . . .
Brandeis president Fred Lawrence came under “pressure” — i.e., received complaints from some students and whining from some faculty — and promptly caved. He has disinvited Ayaan Hirsi Ali from receiving an honorary doctorate this year.
His justification for caving was pathetic. Lawrence announced that “we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values. For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of these statements earlier.” Needless to say, he doesn’t specify any of these statements. And he doesn’t explain how Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s life and thought — but not Tony Kushner’s or Desmond Tutu’s — has been in any way “inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”