Jewish World Review May 15, 2014 / 15 Iyar, 5774
Shut up, they explain
By Paul Greenberg
The academy, which ought to be the last refuge of free expression, has now become the first place where it's shut down in 2014 America. This contemporary version of the trahison des clercs, the treason of the intellectuals, is now in full and odious flower on our most prestigious campuses. For another example, see
Theo van Gogh's reward for his art and courage was to be shot down on the street, and then almost decapitated by an Islamic fanatic wielding a butcher knife, who plunged another knife into his bullet-riddled body. Attached to it was a five-page screed that threatened Ms.
That's when she fled to this country, formerly the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, became an American citizen, and continued to speak her mind unafraid and unintimidated. Like any true American. For more details see her autobiography, "Infidel."
No wonder any American university would honor the lady. But then the thought police went after her. Her crime? Telling some inconvenient truths about Islamic societies, and Brandeis decided to rescind its offer of an honorary degree to someone whose honor has impressed freedom-loving people everywhere.
To appreciate, and apprehend, the full extent and irony of Brandeis' capitulation to the worst sort of "intellectuals" on American campuses, it might help to recall whom that university was named for, and when and why it was founded.
For example, Mr.
So it was only natural that, in the post-World War II years, when a new, instantly great university was founded by largely Jewish donors, that it would be named for Mr.
But now that same university has caved in to the kind of intimidation
"That the president of a university founded by Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust should have rescinded an honor to a woman who has had the courage to attack the most important source of Jew-hatred in the world today is a disgraceful act and a failure of leadership." To say the least.
This kind of suppression of any idea that doesn't fit into today's lockstep liberalism is all too typical of an attitude that isn't liberal at all. No wonder those intent on foisting their own prejudices on the rest of us would prefer some other name to go under -- like progressives. Although there's a better, simpler name for them that might sum up their whole approach to the issues of the day: the illiberals.
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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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