Despite a dishonest attempt by Yale's Muslim Students Association to sabotage a scheduled lecture by women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the event took place Monday evening absent of conflict. On the contrary, Hirsi Ali was met with a standing round of applause at the end of the evening.
The Somali-born Hirsi Ali, who fled after undergoing forced genital mutilation and was arranged to be married, delivered the talk on the "Clash of Civilizations: Islam and the West" in which she touched on the Muslim world, which she deemed "on fire."
She thanked Yale University for standing for academic freedom as opposed to Brandeis University which revoked the offer of an honorary degree in April.
Hirsi Ali stated that she understood United States president Barack Obama's hesitancy to enter war but warned that "a world not led by America is going to be really, really a bad place to live in and we can see that."
"You can't fight the symptoms of radical Islam without addressing the core of Islam," she warned the capacity crowd of 300 people. "If you are a Muslim and you really care about your fellow Muslims, you would be the first to say that we need to take this to the source," she later added.
She also directly addressed the Muslim Students Association, asking why the group elects to work on silencing dissenters and critics of Islam rather than working to help those suffering at the hands of Islamist regimes, suggesting that Muslims on campus "don't submit to Allah only, stand up to him. Otherwise I don't think Yale is giving you a good education."
After Hirsi Ali concluded her formal lecture, Hirsi Ali answered screened questions, one of which pressed her on the issue of Islamophobia, which she deemed "disingenuous." At the close of the evening attendees flocked to Hirsi Ali to express gratitude for her work and time.
After the event, the William F. Buckley program, the program's sponsor, wrote on Facebook that it "provided precisely the forum that Brandeis refused to provide and defended free expression and the very purpose of a liberal education" and that the group "hopes this success will encourage other colleges and universities to not cave in to the pressure of self-appointed speech police."