Die Brandeis University hat dem Druck der muslimischen Studenten nachgegeben.
Die US-Hochschule bei Boston verleiht der niederländischen Frauenrechtlerin und Islamkritikerin Ayaan Hirsi Ali nun doch nicht die Ehrendoktorwürde. Ihre Äußerungen über den Islam seien nicht vereinbar mit den Grundwerten der Universität, heißt es in einer Erklärung. Zuvor hatten vor allem muslimische Studenten, aber auch 85 der 350 Fakultätsmitglieder gegen die geplante Verleihung des Ehrentitels protestiert. Dieser dürfe nicht an jemanden gehen, der die Islamophobie befördere, sagte eine Sprecherin der muslimischen Studentengemeinde in den USA.
Ayyan Hirsi Ali stammt aus Somali und kritisiert die Unterdrückung der Frauen und das Ritual der Genitalverstümmelungen in manchen islamischen Staaten.
Discussion about CAIR’s thug-like tactics in smearing former Muslim and Islam critic, Ayann Hirsi Ali, which convinced Brandeis University to revoke the honorary degree they had announced she would be receiving at this year’s graduation.
After taking heat from some of its own (provoked by Muslim Brotherhood pressure group CAIR) over a decision to grant an honorary degree to an advocate for Muslim women who has made comments critical of Islam, Brandeis University has withdrawn the planned honor. The university said in a statement that Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, would no longer receive the degree at the May 18th commencement.
FOX News 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.” Brandeis, outside Boston in Waltham, Mass., said it was not aware of Ali’s statements earlier.
“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.”
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 declined to comment this week to The Associated Press.
More than 85 of about 350 faculty members at Brandeis signed a letter asking for Ali to be booted off the list of honorary degree recipients. And an online petition created Monday by students at the school of 5,800 had gathered thousands of signatures from inside and outside the university as of Tuesday afternoon.
“This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students,” said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.
“But it’s not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs,” she said. “A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic.”
Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter. He said it would have been great for the university to honor “such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women’s rights, who has put her life at risk for those values.”
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, said, “It is unconscionable that such a prestigious university would honor someone with such openly hateful views.”
The organization sent a letter to university President Frederick Lawrence on Tuesday requesting that it drop plans to honor Ali.
“This makes Muslim students feel very uneasy,” Joseph Lumbard, chairman of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, said in an interview. “They feel unwelcome here.”