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  •  So the students at Brandeis are to be (0+ / 0-)

    "protected" from hearing her ideas?  

     I for one hope that "faith" and "religious beliefs" diminish in this world until they are nothing more than quaint stories in a book on the shelf next to all the other mythologies and beliefs and religious practices that we have already relegated to that shelf.  If we can do it with Zeus and Thor, we can do it with Allah, God, Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, Yahweh and every other currently fashionable deity and its associated systems of tenets.

    •  They aren't silencing her voice (3+ / 0-)
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      They said they would welcome her for a dialogue. What they have retracted is an honorary degree. Apparently a decent number of students and faculty felt strongly that her controversial views were offensive enough to some to preclude her being "honored" for them.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 11:34:17 AM PDT

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      •  Which views? The religious ones (0+ / 0-)

        or the feminist ones?

        •  The religious ones, of course (1+ / 0-)
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          On Tuesday, a student newspaper, The Justice, reported on the controversy, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to Dr. Lawrence, referring to Ms. Hirsi Ali as a “notorious Islamophobe.”

          “She is one of the worst of the worst of the Islam haters in America, not only in America but worldwide,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the group, said in an interview on Tuesday. “I don’t assign any ill will to Brandeis. I think they just kind of got fooled a little bit.”

          In its statement, Brandeis said, “For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of” Ms. Hirsi Ali’s record of anti-Islam statements, though those comments have been fairly widely publicized.

          http://www.nytimes.com/...

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 12:13:27 PM PDT

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          •  Ms. Hirsi Ali was on the receiving end (0+ / 0-)

            of the atrocities of that religion. She has every right to and even a duty to expose it for what it is.  Have you ever read the Koran?  If not, open it up and take the time to see the ugliness of that faith. Almost makes the bible look tame.

            As Sam Harris said, taking a highlighter to that book to emphasize all the hatred towards "infidels" makes the pages solid yellow.

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