Friday, April 18, 2014

Letter to the editor Arizona Daily Star

On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being "Islamophobic." She wrote an excellent book entitled ‘Infidel”. It tells the story of her life growing up in the Muslim culture in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It describes in great detail the low esteem they hold women in. She now lives in America. Her mission in life is to improve the lives of women all over the world but in particular Islamic countries. Her life has been threatened many times but she continues regardless. She should be honored. Brandeis University should be vilified. Jack Walters April 12, 2014

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