No Wonder Brandeis Reneged, And More Intolerance On Campus *Open Thread*


The news is FILLED with stories of Boko Haram Islamist and the close to 300 girls they have kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and more human rights violations. That is not stopping the government of Nigeria from considering negotiating with them to – get this – release members of Boko Haram they have arrested. Because THAT is all we need are more of those kinds of crazed terrorists out of the clink. Maybe, just maybe, the government should have accepted the aid offered by the UK to look for them ONE DAY after the girls were kidnapped, as well as offers from other countries. But no. And now they are considering negotiating with these madmen. Awesome.

One person who knows just a tad about the mindset of the Boko Haram Islamists is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the women and girls human rights activist Brandeis University declined to have speak lest it offend the delicate sensibilities of their graduating students. Heaven forfend their narrow, intolerant world view be disrupted on their last day, right? Heck, no. Perhaps had they removed their blinders for just a second, they would have a fuller picture of just what is going on in the world. But hey, just because they are incapable of hearing anything that might make them question the pablum they have been fed doesn’t mean the rest of us operate likewise.

And so, here is Hirsi Ali discussing not just Boko Haram, but how this mindset has been able to spread throughout the Muslim World:

Hirsi Ali is proof positive of how a quiet voice can carry so much weight. She knows whereof she speaks, and her comments in the video above are just astonishing. I hope some of the more enlightened Brandeis Graduates will avail themselves of her writings and videos so they can have a fuller world view.

And speaking of a fuller world view, yet another college has decided they cannot possibly listen tot he speaker chosen for them by their institution. In this case, that would be Smith College. Incredulously, this WOMEN’s COLLEGE has decided the very first women head of the IMF is not worthy to speak to them. They pitched such a hissy fit that Christine Lagarde decided, a la former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, to withdraw from giving the Commencement address. Why, one might ask? Because they claim the IMF oppresses women around the world. Yeah, okay. I can report, though, that at least some folks were not happy about this treatment of Legarde. From ABC News:

[…] Smith President Kathleen McCartney said in a statement sent to the school community that she is standing by inviting Lagarde to be the 2014 speaker and receive an honorary degree.

“Those who objected will be satisfied that their activism has had a desired effect. But at what cost to Smith College?” McCartney said.

Lagarde gave the commencement address at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2012 and there was no opposition to her appearance, according to the IMF spokeswoman.

Not all students were happy with Lagarde’s decision.

“I am so disappointed at Smith College right now. So disappointed. This woman inherited the problems of the IMF and was bullied by Smith College students because of their lack of understanding,” senior Cassandra Brazile wrote on a Facebook page hosted by the college. “Because we do not agree with someone, does it mean that we cannot listen to them?” She could not be reached for further comment. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Evidently. And that is an incredibly sad commentary on our institutions of higher learning. At least there are some faculty at Smith College who are speaking out about this “bullying”, too. From the Daily Hampshire Gazette:

Lamenting a “lost opportunity,” 14 members of the Smith College economics department publicly expressed disappointment over Christine Lagarde’s decision to back out of delivering the school’s commencement address this weekend.

A student and faculty protest, including an online petition and a May 3 demonstration outside Smith President Kathleen McCartney’s house, ultimately prompted the managin (sic) director of the International Monetary Fund to bow out of her keynote engagement for the May 18 graduation ceremony.

The professors who signed the statement said they and many of their students were looking forward to hearing what Lagarde had to say, despite the controversy.

“There was a great deal of excitement on campus at the prospect of hearing from Madame Lagarde, who has achieved the rare distinction of becoming a female leader of a global economic institution. We acknowledge the controversy that surrounds International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies and, as individual economists, hold a range of views on these policies and the complex, difficult problems they seek to address,” the statement reads.

Andrew Zimbalist, the Robert A. Woods professor of economics, said that while he believes it was appropriate for students to question whether the IMF has had a positive impact in the world, they should be open to hearing different views.

“American universities thrive on debate, on disagreement, on openness, on exploration,” Zimbalist said Tuesday. “You can’t learn if you’re closed to other people’s point of view.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No, apparently they do not “thrive on debate, on disagreement, on openness, on exploration,” unfortunately. Otherwise, women of such incredibly high standing as Legarde, Rice, and Hirsi Ali, would have been welcomed with open arms. But hey, what in the world could a bunch of women graduates learn from the first woman to head up the IMF anyway, am I right? Ahem.

Nope, these young women would rather make a hero of someone like Sandra Fluke, who can’t buy her own contraception, but can afford a trip to Venice (h/t Facebook friend), and who cannot even get her facts right. SHE is their role model, not someone like Legarde. That says so much, and none of it good…

At least that’s what I think. How about you? And this is an Open Thread.


33 Responses to “No Wonder Brandeis Reneged, And More Intolerance On Campus *Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    I am not sure I would want a kid to go to college in this country any more. I think I would send them to England to get an education. now colleges no longer educate, they indoctrinate. too many teachers taught by the bomber billy ayres educational system.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I totally appreciate that. It has become indoctrination now, which is a sad commentary on the nation…

    • Katherine B. Says:

      I think the colleges should proceed with the graduation ceremonies without a speaker. Let the precious little protestors ruin the ceremony for everyone else and let that be obvious to all.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I think that is a FANTASTIC idea, Katherine!! Yep, THAT will learn ’em! 🙂

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Very wise Helen. 🙂

  2. helenk3 Says:

    this explains a lot about today’s politics. watch the video

  3. helenk3 Says:

    all that money, and back in the day of the one room school house the kids were better educated

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      MUCH better educated back then, it seems to me. It is astonishing that reading proficiency in this country is so, so low. But that is what happens when students are passed along who can’t read. Something is terribly wrong with this system…

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      I went to one 🙂

  4. helenk3 Says:

    backtrack bunch threatened Nigeria with sanctions in 2013 for fighting boko harum

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is just ASTONISHING. How is it that the United States of America has an Administration that stands up for a TERRORIST group??? This is just appalling.

  5. helenk3 Says:

    the togetherness is just underwhelming

  6. helenk3 Says:

    this is just mind blowing, but a good indication of what is happening in our schools today

  7. helenk3 Says:

    more IRS e-mails

  8. helenk3 Says:

    did not know this. interesting history of public education

  9. helenk3 Says:

    got mail for harry reid. do you think he would upset if I put a note in the return envelope that I am writing in the name of the Koch Brothers for every office?
    they seem to be powerful enough to get a lot done

  10. Katherine B. Says:

    I had another thought about the speaker cancellations at graduations. These three speakers are all very accomplished women, two of whom are black. Why is no one calling these students out for being racist or sexist?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Katherine, I have thought exactly the same thing. Exactly. That a women’s college was so dismissive of this woman and her experiences is astonishing. Not like we haven’t seen this before, of course, glaringly in 2008 and beyond, but still – wow…

      Good point!

  11. helenk3 Says:

    billion dollar contract to British company for obamacare. employees to sit and do nothing. so under backtrack we pay American people to sit home and British people to sit at computer and do nothing.
    what is wrong with this picture?

    ps the British company in under investigation in England for another problem

  12. helenk3 Says:

    backtrack sending aide to oversee VA review

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    I would imagine that most of you saw the “Catatude” video on The Five yesterday. I thought maybe you would like to see it again and learn a little about who and what, so here tiz…

    AMAZING VIDEO: Cat saves boy from dog attack in Southwest Bakersfield

    A cat came to her best friend’s rescue Tuesday when a young boy was attacked by a dog in his driveway in Southwest Bakersfield and it was all caught on video.

    The surveillance video shows the boy, 4-year-old Jeremy, playing on his bicycle. He was coming home from school when he wanted to fly a kite. Jeremy has mild autism.

    The neighbor’s dog sneaks up behind him and bites his leg.

    The family’s cat, named Tara, rushes the attacking dog and chased it away.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That was a great video – I missed it until this morning. What a great cat! And that DOG should not have been out loose, that’s for sure. Thanks for the story and background!

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    It appears that Kirsten Powers is wearing her honesty hat this week. Or perhaps I wrong her and that when “I” think she says something stupid and foolish she is just saying what she believes.

    I do give her a lot of respect for the times she steps off the reservation because she pays a heavy price among “her” people. Here’s what she has to say today:

    Liberals’ Dark Ages

    Each week seems to bring another incident. Who will the thought police come for next?

    Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.

    How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.

    Each week seems to bring another incident. Last week it was David and Jason Benham, whose pending HGTV show was canceled after the mob unearthed old remarks the brothers made about their Christian beliefs on homosexuality. People can’t have a house-flipping show unless they believe and say the “right” things in their life off the set? In this world, the conservative Tom Selleck never would have been Magnum, P.I.

    This week, a trail-blazing woman was felled in the new tradition of commencement shaming. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde withdrew from delivering the commencement speech at Smith College following protests from students and faculty who hate the IMF.

    According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, this trend is growing. In the 21 years leading up to 2009, there were 21 incidents of an invited guest not speaking because of protests. Yet, in the past five-and-a-half years, there have been 39 cancellations.


    I think this cartoon expresses my feelings about the left and tolerance very well.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Powers most definitely has her moments. More than most of the Dem pundits on tv (except maybe Joe Trippi), she seems to really look at the issues. I don’t agree with everything she says, but I think you are right – when she does appear to toe the line, that seems to be just what she believes.

      And this is a great piece by her. She is so right. I dare say the majority of cancellations of speakers are by liberals of Conservatives.

      Great cartoon – that says it all. And honestly, people are often put off by PDA from ANYONE. Just sayin’…

      Anyway, thanks for the Powers post and cartoon.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I don’t know if you are old enough, probably not, to remember the days when any American was outraged by the very idea that someone else could/would tell them what to say or think. I know it lead to a lot of mouthy people saying some outrageous and obnoxious things. That it our right, as Americans IMO. Young people were in constant revolt about authority and now they seem revoltingly willing to get in line and engage in groupthink or more likely no-think.

        I think part of it is the ever present social media. I am often invited to see what people in my area think or are saying about some specific idea or product or whatever.

        To be perfectly honest, unless it’s someone that I know and respect, I don’t give a rat’s butt what they think. I can still think for myself thank you very much. I don’t need a consensus to form an opinion.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL, oh I am definitely old enough to remember. Some of my fellow students were wearing those “Question Authority!” t-shirts. It is truly astonishing how the same groups of people not promote the gov’t as the be all, end all. WOW.

          People were not expected to walk in lockstep like they are now, nor did they have to fear losing their business or their job for making comments NOT at work, and certainly not years before they got their job. I have never seen anything like this, but it is deplorable. I don’t have to agree with, or even like, what someone has to say, but I support their right to say it.

          Like the Dolphins player who sent out the Tweet abt the gay football player. I do not think he should have been suspended from the team just for expressing his opinion. The team likely did need to deal with it with the sensitivity training and all, but to suspend him? In the off season for a Tweet? Yeah, that ain’t right. People must be allowed to think and believe what they want. This kind of bullying masquerading as tolerance is not the way to do it, either. That just engenders resentment and anger, IMO.

          You said it, Marge – who needs a focus group to tell us how to think??

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thought you might get a kick out this Andrew Klaven video, I know I did.

  16. helenk3 Says:

    you will not like this video. the third video from the white privilege confernce

  17. helenk3 Says:

    sorry about the double post. did not think it showed up the first time

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No worries, I just took out the duplicate. And thanks for the video – I think. 🙂

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