Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Reaction To Brandeis Rescinding Her Honorary Degree

"We send them to school to be confronted with ideas that they are not comfortable with"



As the battle rages on with Brandeis University now rescinding its honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ali took to the airwaves to talk to Megyn Kelly about her reaction to her situation. 

She began by explaining her past:

For the last 12 years, I have systematically been condemned by Muslim individuals, Muslim organizations, relatives, any time that I bring up the treatment of women in Islam or the link between violence and violence justified in the name of Islam. It's Muslims who commit violence against women or others who bring the Koran on the table, and every time I say, "Hey, it's important we talk about this. I was brought up in the religion of Islam. It is my father and mother's morality.  I understand the risk. Let’s talk about it." You have these organizations like CAIR and Mr. Hooper who deny this and frankly, I don't think that Mr. Hooper speaks for Muslims. I don't think that he speaks for Muslim women because as you see on the film and as you see in the general news, there is a lot of violence going on in Muslim countries and amongst Muslims as immigrants in western countries. That should be addressed. I don't think they are the right people to do it.  I think we are the right people to do it.

Megyn Kelly told Ali that what Brandeis used as their excuse for taking back the honorary degree was Ali’s general “criticisms of Muslim and of Islam, claiming that you said violence is inherent in Islam. Islam is the new Fascism.  It’s a destructive cult of death. They claim at Brandeis University those statements were a bridge too far.”

Ali answered that for the past 12 years, magazines, organizations, student bodies, and many others have taken a clip from one place and combined it with another, all to fit their narrative of what she was saying.  Ali continued that she is not surprised by these attacks anymore, but the taking back of her honorary degree from Brandeis was quite a surprise: 

In the age of Google, all of that is out of there. It’s all public and to come around and say we really didn't know some of these things, I think it's a very feeble excuse. But I don't want this to distract us from what I wanted to say during that commencement, which is to tell these students how incredibly privileged they are, especially the female students among them, that they are growing up in a world that is free where they have proper education.  And that the way to get to a better world, a world of peace, is to get the ability as young people on how to think critically.   And I know my presence for the Muslim students in Brandeis and other universities is offensive, insulting, whatever they call it, its controversial. We send them to school to be confronted with ideas that they are not comfortable with.