The Speech Ayaan Hirsi Ali Would Have Given… *Weekend, And Weeklong, Open Thread*


As the deafening silence from the Left continues on the “shaming,” her word, of Ayaan Hirsi Ali by Brandeis University, Ali has provided to the Wall Street Journal an adaptation of the speech she WOULD have given to the graduating seniors at Brandeis University. And is it powerful.

Before I get to that, I have to reiterate how shocked I am that a university of this stature would rescind an invitation to Ali to give this speech as well as their decision to not award her with an honorary doctorate. Honestly, I think they should be embarrassed beyond belief for their childish, immature actions and the sheer cowardice they have evidenced in the face of a temper tantrum by the deplorable organization, CAIR. I continue to struggle with how, and WHY, universities are capitulating to a group like this.

And why women on the Left not only are not standing up for Ali, but as Emily Sussman from Center for American Progress Action Fund, who appeared on “Happening Now” Friday morning did, excuse the inexcusable actions of Brandeis in a discussion with Michael Graham. It was stunning to hear her claims about Ali not being silenced because she is at the Kennedy School and makes speeches. Why, yes she does, Emily – thanks for stating the obvious. She did finally concede that it was not great that Brandeis offered an Honorary Doctorate then yanked it back. I am sure that was hard for her to do.

And now to excerpts of the speech of Ali’s that won’t be heard on that special day for Brandeis University graduates. From the Wall Street Journal:

[…] You deserve better memories than 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing. And you are not the only ones. In Syria, at least 120,000 people have been killed, not simply in battle, but in wholesale massacres, in a civil war that is increasingly waged across a sectarian divide. Violence is escalating in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Egypt. And far more than was the case when you were born, organized violence in the world today is disproportionately concentrated in the Muslim world.

Another striking feature of the countries I have just named, and of the Middle East generally, is that violence against women is also increasing. In Saudi Arabia, there has been a noticeable rise in the practice of female genital mutilation. In Egypt, 99% of women report being sexually harassed and up to 80 sexual assaults occur in a single day.

Especially troubling is the way the status of women as second-class citizens is being cemented in legislation. In Iraq, a law is being proposed that lowers to 9 the legal age at which a girl can be forced into marriage. That same law would give a husband the right to deny his wife permission to leave the house. […]

But Ali doesn’t leave it there. She does offer hope to these graduates:

[…] Today, however, I am going to predict a better future, because I believe that the pendulum has swung almost as far as it possibly can in the wrong direction.

When I see millions of women in Afghanistan defying threats from the Taliban and lining up to vote; when I see women in Saudi Arabia defying an absurd ban on female driving; and when I see Tunisian women celebrating the conviction of a group of policemen for a heinous gang rape, I feel more optimistic than I did a few years ago. The misnamed Arab Spring has been a revolution full of disappointments. But I believe it has created an opportunity for traditional forms of authority—including patriarchal authority—to be challenged, and even for the religious justifications for the oppression of women to be questioned.

Yet for that opportunity to be fulfilled, we in the West must provide the right kind of encouragement. Just as the city of Boston was once the cradle of a new ideal of liberty, we need to return to our roots by becoming once again a beacon of free thought and civility for the 21st century. When there is injustice, we need to speak out, not simply with condemnation, but with concrete actions. […]

While Ali offers hope as well as a call to action, she also puts a name to the foundation for much of this violence against women and girls:

[…] The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored. We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.

So I ask: Is the concept of holy war compatible with our ideal of religious toleration? Is it blasphemy—punishable by death—to question the applicability of certain seventh-century doctrines to our own era? Both Christianity and Judaism have had their eras of reform. I would argue that the time has come for a Muslim Reformation.

Is such an argument inadmissible? It surely should not be at a university that was founded in the wake of the Holocaust, at a time when many American universities still imposed quotas on Jews.

The motto of Brandeis University is “Truth even unto its innermost parts.” That is my motto too. For it is only through truth, unsparing truth, that your generation can hope to do better than mine in the struggle for peace, freedom and equality of the sexes. (Click here to read the rest of this very compelling speech.)

How very sad that Brandeis University has chosen to violate its own motto out of what, fear? Political correctness? The cowardice I mentioned above? Perhaps it is ALL of the above. Regardless, the actions of this university in not only silencing this woman, but depriving its students of HEARING this woman, is a new low.

There is more going on in the world, of course:Kathleen Sebellius has finally stepped down from HHS; AG Holder continues to play the race card; and this pesky IRS business is still very much on the forefront. On that, if you haven’t heard Rep. Gowdy’s remarks from the recent hearing on Lois Lerner and the IRS, check it out HERE. He ROCKED it, as usual.

So have at it. This is not only the Weekend Open Thread, but the Week Open Thread. We will be hosting our 9 1/2 year old grandnephew and 3 1/2 year old grandniece (and goddaughter) this week up to Easter Sunday. I will do my best to check in when they are occupied with some fun activity and see what’s going on here. I hope you all have a great weekend and week!


34 Responses to “The Speech Ayaan Hirsi Ali Would Have Given… *Weekend, And Weeklong, Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I continue to be appalled at the silence of women on the left about Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Lord knows they were plenty vocal about the horror of Georgetown not paying for Sandra Fluke’s contraception.

    I used to believe that in spite of a wide divide when it came to politics and once all the hyperbole was finally silenced, women would come together in support of women who are actually being terribly, horribly mistreated and killed.

    I no longer believe that. And so I say to women on the left – you have nothing to say to me now or ever if you remain silent now. You are disgusting and I am ashamed to share the same gender.

    Go dress up in your little pink vagina suits and play the victim while the real victims are ignored by you and those like you. You never needed the patrimony to hold you down – you were down, low-down and repulsive all on your lonesome.

    Feminists? Good grief you barely qualify as human.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Marge, this is what I have to say regarding your outstanding comment:

      Seriously, you are absolutely spot on. It just continues to support the meme that women are our own worst enemies. That “feminists” now are so consumed with nothing other than others providing their $8 a month pills is just astonishing to me. And yes, they make a martyr and celebrity out of poor Law school student Fluke, who damn sure can get her own birth control, but remain absolutely SILENT on the treatment of Ali, or the issue of genital mutilation by these factions. Just astonishing.

      Oh – I saw a couple of students from Brandeis speaking out in support of Ali’s and decrying her treatment at the hands of the university. Both of them were male, btw…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Thank you Rev – a girl (LOL) can always use a little applause. I saw the two students who were speaking out. Where are the rest and where are the female students?

        I begin to wonder if maybe concentrating on what’s between their legs isn’t the best way for liberal women – cause they sure as hell aren’t using what’s between their ears!

        I guess I get so angry because I fell for the meme that once women got into politics things would get better. As if there aren’t just as many women who lack integrity, competence and honesty as men.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          🙂 And it was well deserved!

          Oh, great point, too, abt the focus. It really is amazing. Heck, I remember ever before 2008 having my eyes opened to the continued Roe v. Wade stick that the Dems used EVERY election. Just their way to keep the women folk in line (and why is it that the DNC’s paternalism is okay with them??).

          I know – I totally understand. I bought into that meme, too…

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  2. helenk3 Says:

    still trying to understand chrome.
    today’s so-called feminists are most men’s dream. sex with no responsibility. easy peasy. don’t even have to promise them everything and give them perfume. they have cheapened women and undermined every idea of respect for women there is. All that the women before them worked for, they are throwing away.

    on another subject
    did you see the connection between harry reid and the standoff in Nevada? harry and his son and the chinese trying to get the land and drive off the rancher and his cattle?
    after the story came out, for some reason the government ended the standoff. wonder why?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You are so right Helen about how they have cheapened women. Good grief the most important thing for young women is birth control? If they think that, and many do, then I hope they get it because we don’t need their genes polluting the gene pool.

      I have been following the idiot Dana Milbank articles about women. I guess he knows all about being a woman cause his mother was one.

      Dana Milbank Is Incoherent On Marriage


      I particularly liked the term Mollie Hemingway used – mansplaining. Not to mention that Milbank totally mislead in his articles about what was said. But then as Hemingway points out – he’s just another partisan hack.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Helen, you are so right – that is exactly what happened. Somehow these women believe the Dems are standing UP for them instead of realizing they are putting them DOWN. Just amazing. Great point!

      Yes, this whole Bundy issue is astonishing. The news got it wrong in the beginning, too – Bundy HAD paid his taxes, but not to the Feds because the Feds weren’t in control of it. A friend of mine had these salient facts on Facebook: 1) The land is owned by the state, not the feds
      2) The rancher, Cliven Bundy, has been paying grazing fees to the state
      3) The purpose given by the feds for taking over state lands is that the land is the habitat of the endangered desert tortoise. However, a block of land was set aside for the tortoise, but they’ve been so prolific that the tortoise have overrun the whole area. The cattle have not harmed the tortoises at all, in fact, it’s been reported that the tortoise actually feed off the cow pies!
      4) The dispute over the land goes back decades; Bundy claims ancestral rights to the land, long before the BLM tried to grab control
      5) The BLM is confiscating Bundy’s cattle, and there are reports that the manner in which it is being done is causing harm – even death – to cattle, and many calves are being separated from their mothers so the calves are starving to death while the mothers are emotionally traumatized.
      6) The BLM is reported as overreaching with their intimidation tactics, road closures, and disruptions with access to roads, water and electrical infrastructure.

      And we know now that the Feds have snipers, have made it a no-fly zone over the area, and more. It is truly astonishing what is happening there…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        If I was the Bundy family I would be very careful. Once the lights are out and the crowds have left I would not put it past the Feds/BLM to try a sneak attack. Perhaps the bad press will prohibit that, I certainly hope so, but I have reached the point where I would put nothing past the government.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Good point, Marge. I wouldn’t put it pas them either…

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            Here’s a video you all might not have seen. I stumbled on it by accident looking for something else. That happens to me a lot.

  3. helenk3 Says:

    just watched Media Buzz on Fox. they had an interview with Sheryl Akissison. when the video becomes available it is worth watching

  4. helenk3 Says:

    more about the bundy standoff. make sure to read the comments

  5. helenk3 Says:

    here is the Fox video of the sheryl attkisson interview

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

  7. helenk3 Says:

    now this is interesting
    momma don’t send your kid to brandeis

  8. helenk3 Says:

    check out what is being taught to the kids of this country

  9. helenk3 Says:

    you gotta love Victor Davis Hanson

    psychodramatic campuses

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Lately the phrase “white priviledge” has become another liberal meme. I found this article very interesting so thought I would share in case you missed it. Interesting to see examples of liberal hypocrisy all together as Hawkins has done. I’m sure there are more but this will do for a start.

    15 Examples Of “Liberal Privilege”

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Why did I not see that I had misspelled “privilege” as priviledge until after I hit post? Just to make one small excuse for myself I used to use spell check every time before I posted something. Now? Not so much since my spell check works about once out of every ten times I try to use it. It is “turned” on but just tell me it can’t help me at this time. Grrrrr – just one more frustration in a world filled with them.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Happy Tax Day!

  12. helenk3 Says:

    more on the bundy standoff

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Don’t know if you’ve heard about the new FOX program coming April 28th so thought I’d share some information. It’s called “Outnumbered” and will run at noon.

    I’m glad to see Harris Faulkner was included. I only watch her when I watch the FOX Political Insiders on the weekend and I really like her.

    The left is all ready panning both the idea and the program without ever having seen it. Remember how they ridiculed the notion of “The Five”?

    I’m wishing this new program well. If nothing else it’s a place for women who aren’t rabidly liberal and actually have a brain to go other than “The View”, which would more honestly be called “The Liberal View”, just like the rest of the MSM.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this, Marge! That’s great! And yes, I like Faulkner, too. She’s good. And you are spot on – nice alternative to the “not really rape rape” crowd over at The View…

  14. helenk3 Says:

    I did not know that one of harry reid’s former aides heads the BLM. that helps explain a lot about the Bundy situation.
    ried and his son get money from China, he gets his crony to go after Bundy. But it backfired and a lot of info that he did not want to come out did.
    Now there is talk about a federal task force to go after Bundy and reid is calling Bundy supporters domestic terrorists
    This will not be forgotten

  15. foxyladi14 Says:

    Wait!!! That stuff don’t look like Cream to me. 🙄

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    My “quote of the day”

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