Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Brandeis University offered offered her honor, but then failed to honor their offer of an honorary degree.
“”She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world,” said the university’s statement. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.” DoubleGood Newspeak for spineless capitulation.
So Ayaan Hirsi Ali was deemed worthy of recognition before she was deemed unworthy – this reminds me of John Heinz Kerry being in favor before he was not in favor of war.
America’s elitist liberal class is in the grip of political madness, eating itself as the contradictions of competing minority “rights” lay themselves bare.
I suggest that an honorary degree conferred by Brandeis is a tawdry, disreputable and malignant dishonor, so why would anyone want one?
In today’s credentialed society, we need a useless degree in order to get a job that a 16 year old can do, but now we need a useless honorary degree from a self regarding establishment in order to be socially acceptable.
As to the reason for withdrawing this ludicrous trinket – it is to pretend that Islam is a great religion of peace, and not a cult left over from the Dark Ages.
“But it’s not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs,” she (senior Sarah Fahmy) said. “A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic.”
>>Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s. <<
Is it irrational to fear Islam? A religion which stones those who renounce it?
That phobia suffix is redefined by socialists to mean hate. I expect Fahmy will graduate with glittering honors, top of the toppest. Otherwise, one might suspect Islamophobia on the part of Brandeis.
An honorary degree from Walmart has more credibility than a real or honorary degree from Brandeis.