Brandeis and Double Standards

Posted on May 13, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Online at the website of the Weekly Standard: (May 12, 2014) Support for the decision of Brandeis University not to award Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree, after previously announcing it would do so, has coalesced around the notion that while Islamic radicalism can be criticized, even condemned, one cannot criticize Islam itself. By condemning [...]

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Email Exchange on the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree Fiasco at Brandeis University with Stephen Whitfield, the Max Richter Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis

Posted on April 28, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Dear Professor Whitfield: I appreciative your taking the trouble to respond to my email to President Lawrence. I have read your response carefully. But I find your arguments unpersuasive. You sharply distinguish Islamism and Islam: the first should be criticized, even condemned, the latter should not. And you imply strongly that the former is a [...]

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“A Letter to the President of Brandeis,” The Weekly Standard Blog (April 10, 2014),

Posted on April 9, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Frederick Lawrence President Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts Dear President Lawrence: The decision of Brandeis University not to award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, after first announcing that it would do so, is disgraceful. The cowardice it reflects contrasts sharply with the courage Ms. Ali has shown in condemning aspects of Islam that she [...]

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Comment in “The Chronicle of Higher Education”

Posted on December 5, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The resolution approved by the American Studies Association supporting a boycott of Israeli educational institutions is yet another example of the hypocrisy, dishonesty, malevolence, and outright bigotry rampant among the left in American academia today.  The resolution’s supporters claim — oh so piously! – to be concerned for the academic freedom of Palestinian Arabs. Yet they are mute — [...]

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Suffolk U. Professor* Claims U.S. Plans to Sterilize “Women of the Entire World”

Posted on December 3, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Reprinted from American Thinker, December 3, 2013. [N.B.: This version differs slightly from the American Thinker text. Update below.] Munir Akash,* a Syrian-born visiting professor in the department of world languages and cultural studies at Suffolk University in Boston, claimed in a recent Arabic-language interview with Lebanon’s ANB TV that the U.S. government has a [...]

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Rouhani: The Bogus Moderate

Posted on November 5, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The claim that Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, is a “moderate,” with whom Western leaders can do business on the basis of mutual self-interest, brings to mind an earlier fantasy common among elites in the West after the death of the Soviet dictator, Leonid Brezhnev, in 1982: that his successor as General Secretary, [...]

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Agit-Prop Masquerading as History; email to Mitch Daniels

Posted on August 2, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Dear Governor Daniels, I support enthusiastically and unreservedly your condemnation of Howard Zinn’s disgraceful piece of agit-prop that too many academics consider a legitimate history of the United States. As you have stated clearly and eloquently, academic freedom is not license for professors to indoctrinate their students instead of teaching them, and it certainly isn’t [...]

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Letter to Justice Kennedy

Posted on July 5, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

June 27, 2013 Anthony Kennedy Associate Justice The Supreme Court of the United States 1 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20543 Dear Justice Kennedy: Smearing opponents of gay marriage as bigots, as you did in your opinion in the DOMA case, is despicable. If you have any integrity, you will apologize to the millions of [...]

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Email to Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University

Posted on June 26, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Dear President Bollinger: I have read your op-ed in today’s NY Times defending the use of race in college admissions. To give preference to some on the basis of race is necessarily to discriminate against others on the basis of race. Your advocacy of racial preferences means that you are an advocate of racial discrimination [...]

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The IRS Was Targeting Conservative Groups a Decade Ago

Posted on May 14, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

With news that the Obama administration has used the IRS to target conservative groups applying for nonprofit status, I thought a look back at the experience of Democracy Project’s founders would be instructive. In 2003, the Dallas office of the IRS required us to answer 26 questions that were clearly designed to trip us up, [...]

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