April 20, 2014

DEGREES OF DISHONOR:

What Muslims and Jews should learn from Brandeis (Yossi Klein Halevi and Abdullah Antepli, 4/17/14, Times of Israel)

Brandeis' decision to rescind its offer of an honorary degree to former Dutch parliamentarian and women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, needs to be seen in that context. Ali crossed the line from critic of Islamist extremism to demonizer of Islam itself, repeatedly labeling the faith of more than a billion believers as an enemy against whom war must be waged.

Had the Jewish-affiliated university fulfilled its initial intention to honor Ali, it would have sent a message of contempt to its own Muslim students, to the Muslim American community and to Muslims around the world.

Posted by at April 20, 2014 11:57 AM
  

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