The academics are in terror and full submission mode. It is “bigotry” and “hatred” to tell the truth about jihad terror and Islamic supremacism. The freedom of speech is everywhere in retreat, while most Americans are too distracted, lazy, or unaware of the implications to notice or care. This scenario is a recipe for authoritarianism and thought control. Probably at that point some of the Leftist intelligentsia that has aided and abetted this will wake up. But by then it will be too late.
“Too many still fear offending Islam,” by Michael Coren for QMI Agency, April 11:
A couple of years ago I received an accusatory e-mail from someone named Ibrahim Hooper, one of the main media faces of the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He’s a white convert to Islam and looks more like an angry mall cop than a devout Muslim.
His letter was brief and typical and I ignored it. Hard to ignore Hooper though, as he is ubiquitous on American TV.
And there I was on Wednesday night, lying in bed in my Sacramento hotel room drinking wine, eating a ham sandwich, having earlier been to the city’s delightful Catholic cathedral, watching Fox News as Hooper shouted at the highly intelligent Megyn Kelly when she questioned his attacks on the heroic Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
The reason? Ali, a victim of genital mutilation, a first-hand witness in Somalia and the Islamic diaspora of Muslim misogyny and the author of several books exposing the reality of Islamic attitudes, had been subjected to yet another example of liberal cowardice and hypocrisy.
Brandeis University, founded in part to counter Jewish quotas, anti-Semitism and racism, initially decided to give Ali an honorary degree for her work on behalf of Muslim women, but then withdrew the offer after pressure, largely from CAIR.
Thus Hooper desperately trying to defend his untenable position against Megyn Kelly, whom he tried to interrupt and silence whenever she made a compelling point. But she’s a strong woman, not beaten into submission, does not live in a society run by sharia law, and she exposed Hooper for what he is.
There is now a great deal of pushback at Brandeis and elsewhere in the liberal academic establishment, but those in power are still terrified of offending Islam. That’s odd, in that honour killing is still overwhelmingly an Islamic issue, women still have very few rights in Muslim states, rape victims are still punished in large parts of the Middle East, women are still forced to cover their entire bodies in thick, dark cloth in scorching heat in much of the Islamic world and gender equality simply does not exist within Muslim culture, theology and jurisprudence.
So why would universities, newspapers, think-tanks and political parties founded on liberalism, feminism and secularism not only refuse to counter Islamic radicalism but deny that it was in any way contrary to modern values and virtues?
Simple. Because they are frightened of being accused of Islamophobia and racism, because they do not want to ally themselves in any way with conservatives who are brave enough to stand up to jihadism, because they often hate the west and Christianity and perceive Islam to be counter to both, and because they embrace the racism of lowered expectations.
Trendy denial plays well at book launches and fashionable dinner parties and those who attend never see the degradation and desperation of the women of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Complacency is a terrible thing.
Louis Brandeis of the eponymous university once said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” How right he was. But there’s a great deal of darkness clouding the minds of those now at his college and in so many other places where they really should know better.