Brandeis University Withdraws Honorary Degree for Islam Critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali
TUNE IN: Megyn Kelly talks Ali in a 'Kelly File' exclusive at 9p ET.
The documentary “Honor Diaries” profiles nine Muslim women who were abused by men. One of those women, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has been denied an honorary degree by Brandeis University when the school caved into pressure from Muslim groups.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wrote in a letter of complaint:
“While Ali is free to spew anti-Muslim hate, including her call for violence against the entire Muslim world, she does not have a similar right to be honored for that hate by a prestigious university.”
CAIR also convinced the University of Michigan to ban the screening of “Honor Diaries.”
Here is more from FoxNews.com about Ali’s plight:
Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion, "Once it's defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It's very difficult to even talk about peace now. They're not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there's no middle ground in wars."
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. She has not commented publicly on the issue of the honorary degree.
In 2007, Ali helped establish the AHA Foundation, which works to protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture, according to its website. The foundation also strives to protect basic rights and freedoms of women and girls. This includes control of their own bodies, access to an education and the ability to work outside the home and control their own income, the website says.
Dana Perino said today on The Five, “What I find amazing is she was a victim herself of female genital mutilation. She survived … she’s come to America, she has continued to fight for women and CAIR’s position is that don’t say anything bad about the Muslim world or we will shut you down.”
Greg Gutfeld weighed in, saying, “Let’s say for the sake of the argument she is hypercritical. She sometimes maybe goes overboard in her dislike for radical Islam. Maybe she’s earned it. When you are mutilated and you are treated as a target for death, I think you can be a little critical.”
Watch the full ‘Five’ segment above. Then, tonight in a 'Kelly File’ exclusive, Megyn talks to Ali at 9p ET on Fox News Channel.