The Week magazine included the following in its "Talking points":
"It is difficult to conceive of a braver woman alive today than Ayaan Hirsi Ali," said James Kirchick in TheDailyBeast.com. Born into a Muslim family in Somalia, she was subjected to genital mutilation as a child, fled to the Netherlands to avoid a forced marriage, and became an outspoken critic of Islam and its treatment of women. Death threats followed, and she had to go into hiding after a Muslim fanatic murdered a filmmaker with whom she had worked and warned her that she was next.
Now living in the U.S. under 24-hour police protection, Hirsi Ali remains "a heroic example to women around the world" -- but not to Brandeis University. Last week, under pressure from Muslim groups, Brandeis canceled plans to award Hirsi Ali an honorary doctorate, claiming that her attacks on Islam were against the university's "core values." It was another depressing example of the "thought police" on college campuses squelching free speech....
One group has remained shamefully quiet over the muzzling of Hirsi Ali, said Jeff Jacoby in The Boston Globe: liberal feminists. They call opposition to employer-provided contraceptives "a war on women." But "the savagery of honor killings or child marriages"? It does not stir their outrage. [News 17]
(Edited by William Dwyer on 5/27, 1:49pm)