The disgusting spectacle of the craven university administration at Brandeis illustrates deep corruption where there should be a source of human flourishing.
Yet perhaps as a result more people than ever will be made aware of the significant work of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. And perhaps even her planned remarks, before likely only to be heard by those in attendance at their commencement ceremony, will now receive extensive broadcast. Perhaps the hope expressed in this paragraph, ironic in its misapprehension, might again become the more prevalent reality in higher education:
We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking, where all ideas are welcome and where civil debate is encouraged. I’m used to being shouted down on campuses, so I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today. I do not expect all of you to agree with me, but I very much appreciate your willingness to listen.
Read the whole thing: “Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis”