Three universities recently had to change decisions due to pressure from Muslim organizations.
The U.S. university Brandeis in Massachusetts has had to pull back plans to give an honorary doctorate to the Islam-critical woman Ayaan Hirsi Ali. And it’s not the first time that an American university is forced on the defensive and has to withdraw a decision because strong and powerful Islamist groups have gone on the offensive. A few weeks ago, the University of Michigan and University of Illinois changed their decision to screen an Islam-critical film because Muslim interest groups in the United States threatened the universities with lawsuits if they showed the film.
It is certainly not in accord with the universities’ best interests that they need to retreat. Commentators in the United States says that political correctness is influencing academia. The Muslim organizations are too strong and have success lobbying to prevent Islam critics to speak out.