By Tom Quiner

CAIR has clout.

 Ayaan Hirsi Ali: not welcome at Brandeis University

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: not welcome at Brandeis University


The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is an American branch of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood with  a disturbing set of core values, as written by Mohammed Akram:

“[The Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

How can CAIR destroy America from within? For starters, it is imperative that they stifle free speech of those who expose the dark side of Islam. CAIR came into existence after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie, “True Lies,” hit  box office gold back in the 90s. The villain in the film was an Arab Muslim.
The need to subdue stereotyping is certainly understandable, even commendable. Sadly, the political Left is carrying the water for CAIR at the same time they undermine Christianity with their attacks on wedding vendors, Duck Dynasty, Chic-fil-A, Mozilla, and anyone else who embraces traditional Christian values.
On the other hand, when Brandeis University announced that Hirsi Ali, a woman who is critical of traditional Muslim values,  was going to be bestowed with an honorary degree, CAIR screamed and Brandeis caved. They pulled the plug on Ms. Ali before you could say jihad.
Although Ms. Ali is an atheist, a faith system with which the Left is quite comfortable, she is also a vocal critic of Islamic genital mutilation of young girls and calls for women’s rights in Muslim countries.
You’d think that would dovetail with the Left’s values systems, but it doesn’t. In the name of political correctness, diversity, and political cowardice, Brandeis de-honored Ms. Ali.
Score another victory for intolerance.

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  1. Embattled Farmers on April 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I find Hirsi Ali an imperfect spokeswoman for her cause. She lied to get political asylum in the Netherlands, claiming that she was fleeing Somalia when she had been living safely in Kenya for ten years. This lie cost her a seat in the Dutch parliament. Her claim of fleeing an arranged marriage was false as well.
    She also had an affair with, and became pregnant by, a married man, the historian/author/TV host Niall Ferguson of Harvard, and broke up his marriage of more than 20 years and 3 children. Just as I oppose being forced to take a husband in an arranged marriage, I oppose stealing someone else’s. I consider Hirsi Ali and Ferguson to be selfish, smug, narcissistic self-promoters.
    Hirsi Ali is still invited to speak at Brandeis, but they withdrew the offer of the honorary degree. Basically Brandeis is saying that she’s welcome to come share her opinions and engage in debate and discussion, but they don’t want to appear to endorse all her views by bestowing that degree.

    • quinersdiner on April 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Janice, thanks for the background info. There are no shortages of imperfect spokespersons on all types of issues in the political sphere, from Bill Clinton to Newt Gingrich. My concern here is not her imperfection, but her message, which is an important one. That is what CAIR wants to suppress, and they have evidently succeeded for now.

      • Embattled Farmers on April 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        I’m not a huge fan of CAIR either. I just think there’s a “Goldilocks” place between them and Hirsi Ali. And Bubba and Newtie are two of my least favorite people in the world. I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

        • quinersdiner on April 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm

          Easter was wonderful. You’ll get a kick out of this: I was on the piano at our Good Friday service. I played “O Sacred Head Surrounded”, accompanied by violin, viola, and cello. I left the vocals out, as I wanted it to be a meditation piece during the veneration of the cross. When I got home that night, my son-in-law commented how surprised he was to hear me play “American Tune” by Paul Simon, but that he really liked it. Sure enough, Paul Simon wrote a different lyric to this Bach melody and used it on his album from the 70s, “There goes Rhymin’ Simon.” Next year, I’ll be sure to add back in the sacred lyrics.

          • Embattled Farmers on April 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

            That’s very funny! We had an excellent trumpet soloist and amazing floral arrangements. I was commenting to a local restaurant owner how gorgeous the flowers were, and he proudly told me that his wife had done them.



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