And if your son asks you in the future, saying, What are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, that the L-RD our G-d commanded you? You will say to your son, We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt; and the L-RD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The L-RD gave signs and wonders, great and harmful, against Egypt, against Pharaoh, and against all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out of there to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised our fathers.
Tomorrow night the holiday of Passover begins.
Jews all over the world remember and reenact our bondage in Egypt. We celebrate G-d’s gift of freedom to the Jewish people. Tragically, too many Jews have inverted the meaning and practice of freedom. As George Orwell explained, the left believes that slavery is freedom, slavery to government and slavery to an evil ideology.
With the persecution of Brendan Eich of Mozilla for the thought-crime of supporting heterosexual marriage, to Brandeis University’s suppression of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s critique of totalitarian Islam, we are now, demonstrably, in the age of liberal fascism.
Here, the intolerant is not just tolerated but celebrated. In this world, the two-minutes of hate for the Jew Goldstein that was the daily bread of Orwell’s 1984, has been refined into a 24 hour cycle of hysterical news and social media where illiberal notions masquerade as freedom. This is an ideological zone where genuine advocates for women’s rights—Hirsi Ali and Phyllis Chesler to name but two—are demonized as Islamophobes, even as scar tissue hardens on the mutilated genitals of Muslim women. It is a world where those who are born Jewish worship at the alter of Ishtar, the postmodern democrat party.
The road from Somalia to Brandeis is an Islamist Cul-de-sac.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali grew up in Somalia where Muslims mutilated her genitals, where Muslims tried to force her into a marriage she did not want, where Muslims practice honor killings on a daily basis, where Muslim women are routinely persecuted, oppressed, raped, tortured and murdered — all in the name of Islam.
One of the most courageous women of our time, and, dare I say, of any time, Ms. Hirsi Ali escaped the Islamist state in which her fate and future were no better than that of a dog. Subsequently, Ms. Ali was given political asylum in the Netherlands where eventually she was elected to the House of Parliament.
A brilliant and outspoken critic of Islam, Hirsi Ali made a film Submission, with Theo Van Gogh, a movie that unmasked Islam’s horrendous treatment of woman. A fatwa, an Islamic murder contract, was announced by various Islamic “scholars.” Van Gogh was murdered, decapitated on the cobblestoned streets of Amsterdam. A note pinned to Van Gogh’s body announced that Hirsi Ali would also be murdered for the glory of Islam.
Hirsi went into hiding and was given protection by Dutch security services.
Eventually, the Dutch government wearied of protecting this brave woman. In 2006, Hirsi Ali took up a position at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C., a Conservative think tank.
Hirsi’s powerful autobiography, Infidel, was published in 2006 and for yours truly, stands as one of the most powerful and articulate critiques of Islam in modern times.
Hirsi Ali is married to the brilliant British historian Niall Ferguson.
Brandeis University was set to confer an honorary degree on Ms. Ali Hirsi, an appropriate gesture for an allegedly Jewish institution that was founded as a counter to the disgraceful quota on Jewish students that was in effect in the Ivy League.
But, under pressure from the Council of American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood front, and from liberal Jewish students and faculty, ghastly enablers of genocidal-yearning Muslims, Brandeis disinvited Ms. Ali, claiming that her views are “inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”
Let us be clear. The core values to which the cowards and quislings of Brandeis boast are: tolerance of the intolerant, acceptance of Jew-hating Muslims, the religion of Israel-hatred, the tacit support of Sharia which translates into forced marriage, female genital mutilation, the oppression of woman, homosexuals, Christians and Jews, and the silencing of ideas—thought crimes—and free speech.
Ms. Hirsi Ali fled the Islamist hell of Somalia only to find herself in a parallel Islamist land called Brandeis University.
Ms. Ali released the following statement:
“Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises. I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me—just a few hours before issuing a public statement—to say that such a decision had been made.
“When Brandeis approached me with the offer of an honorary degree, I accepted partly because of the institution’s distinguished history; it was founded in 1948, in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust, as a co-educational, nonsectarian university at a time when many American universities still imposed rigid admission quotas on Jewish students. I assumed that Brandeis intended to honor me for my work as a defender of the rights of women against abuses that are often religious in origin. For over a decade, I have spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, so-called ‘honor killings,’ and applications of Sharia Law that justify such forms of domestic abuse as wife beating or child beating. Part of my work has been to question the role of Islam in legitimizing such abhorrent practices. So I was not surprised when my usual critics, notably the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), protested against my being honored in this way.
“What did surprise me was the behavior of Brandeis. Having spent many months planning for me to speak to its students at Commencement, the university yesterday announced that it could not “overlook certain of my past statements,” which it had not previously been aware of. Yet my critics have long specialized in selective quotation – lines from interviews taken out of context – designed to misrepresent me and my work. It is scarcely credible that Brandeis did not know this when they initially offered me the degree.
“What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The ‘spirit of free expression’ referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much.
“Not content with a public disavowal, Brandeis has invited me ‘to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue about these important issues.’ Sadly, in words and deeds, the university has already spoken its piece. I have no wish to ‘engage’ in such one-sided dialogue. I can only wish the Class of 2014 the best of luck—and hope that they will go forth to be better advocates for free expression and free thought than their alma mater.
“I take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me and my work on behalf of oppressed woman and girls everywhere.”
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a happy and kosher Passover. Seraphic Secret will be offline for the duration of the holiday.