Speak out against honoring Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis' 2014 Commencement.

Speak out against honoring Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis' 2014 Commencement.

    1. Sarah  Fahmy
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Fahmy

      Waltham, MA

April 2014


To All: Our voices were heard! I am pleased to announce the Brandeis University Administration has rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali at commencement 2014. Thank you for your continuous love and support. We could not have done it without the signatures collected, and it means so much.



Speak out against the award of an Honorary Degree in Social Justice to Ayaan Hirsi Ali- a woman whose ideas of justice threaten and attempt to eliminate a religion integral to many members of Brandeis University.

Hirsi Ali was chosen to receive an Honorary Degree in Social Justice at Brandeis’ 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

 To the Administration of Brandeis University:

It has come as a shock to our community due to her extreme Islamophobic beliefs, that Ayaan Hirsi Ali would be receiving an Honorary Degree in Social Justice this year. The selection of Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree is a blatant and callous disregard by the administration of not only the Muslim students, but of any student who has experienced pure hate speech. It is a direct violation of Brandeis University's own moral code as well as the rights of Brandeis students.

While we are not belittling the severity of the issues that she raises, she uses hate speech against Islam as a means to do this. A few of many examples are written below and illustrate this.

 David Cohen quotes Ms. Hirsi Ali as saying: "Violence is inherent in Islam – it's a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder. The police may foil plots and freeze bank accounts in the short term, but the battle against terrorism will ultimately be lost unless we realise that it's not just with extremist elements within Islam, but the ideology of Islam itself....Islam is the new fascism" (London Evening Standard, 2-7-07). Rogier van Bakel quotes her as follows: "Jews should be proselytizing about a God that you can quarrel with. Catholics should be proselytizing about a God who is love....Those are lovely concepts of God. They can’t compare to the fire-breathing Allah who inspires jihadism and totalitarianism." Van Bakel notes religions' ability to bring about change for good: "Do you think Islam could bring about similar social and political changes?" Ms. Hirsi Ali responds, "Only if Islam is defeated." Van Bakel asks, "Don’t you mean defeating radical Islam?" To that she responds, "No. Islam, period." (Reason, 11-07)

How can an Administration of a University that prides itself on social justice and acceptance of all make a decision that targets and disrespects it's own students? This is hurtful to the Muslim students and the Brandeis community who stand for social justice.

Please consider signing this petition, appealing to have the offer of this degree by the University rescinded immediately.

In Solidarity,

Speak out against honoring Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis' 2014 Commencement

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Zuhra Dastyar SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      Hate speech is not appreciated.

    • sufia Faisal BURLINGTON, MA
      • 7 months ago

      Her remarks are offensive!! Shame on Brandeis!

    • Zanab Zaheer TORONTO, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      I refuse to be subdued by sugar coated hatred and be told that it is freedom of speech. This is blatant and offensive behaviour and I refuse to accept it for my brothers and sisters in Islam.

    • Diaa Tahoun SALEM, OR
      • 7 months ago

      I'm not accepting honoring racist people

      • 7 months ago

      Ignorance, intentional or otherwise does not excuse propagation of falsehood.


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