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Bonfire of the Humanities
Wall Street Journal, by Dan Henninger

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/15/2014 5:39:37 AM

It´s been a long time coming, but America´s colleges and universities have finally descended into lunacy. Last month, Brandeis University banned Somali-born feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali as its commencement speaker, purporting that "Ms. Hirsi Ali´s record of anti-Islam statements" violates Brandeis´s "core values." This week higher education´s ritualistic burning of college-commencement heretics spread to Smith College and Haverford College. On Monday, Smith announced the withdrawal of Christine Lagarde, the French head of the International Monetary Fund. And what might the problem be with Madame Lagarde, considered one of the world´s most accomplished women? An online petition signed by some 480 offended Smithies said


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mathman, 5/15/2014 5:59:38 AM     (No. 9849211)

Core value: my mind is made up, so do not confuse me with facts.
It had to come to this. Blatant refusal to listen to another opinion. Silencing the opposition is evidence that you do not have a solid grip on what you believe. That is why the IRS went after the Tea Party. The Tea Party opposes universal Government control of everything. This is a good idea, and therefore must be silenced.
The new liberals are the old mossbacks!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: gam, 5/15/2014 6:51:47 AM     (No. 9849249)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was a victim of Islam long before she was a critic. Perhaps Bill Ayres can speak at all those gradutions.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: shamus, 5/15/2014 7:02:09 AM     (No. 9849258)

Liberals have ruined our schools.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read, 5/15/2014 7:20:17 AM     (No. 9849276)

In my small university, there are plenty of hipsters/progressives/nuts around. I only have a few years before I retire, so I mostly keep quiet and pray.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Udanja99, 5/15/2014 8:19:13 AM     (No. 9849358)

Smithies screeching about patriarchy is to be expected - it´s the lesbian capital of the world.

I´m so glad that my daughter opted out of college and went to vocational school instead. She´s been employed full time since the Monday after her Saturday high school graduation.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jinx, 5/15/2014 9:22:59 AM     (No. 9849448)

It is pretty obvious that the inmates are in charge of the asylum.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: craige, 5/15/2014 10:13:58 AM     (No. 9849534)

The offended students are supporting a religion that practices female circumcision. I believe Ms. Hirsi Ali is a victim of such torture.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StuartL, 5/15/2014 3:14:36 PM     (No. 9849979)

Female anatomy possesses no features that admit of circumcision.

Call it what it is, #7 and everyone: genital mutilation.

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