AHA! – what were Yale atheists thinking? 2

This is from Truth Revolt, September 11, 2014:

Muslim Students Association at Yale University has written a letter expressing concern that the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program on campus is hosting women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak about Islam.

The Somali-born Hirsi Ali is an outspoken critic of organized religion, specifically Islam, which was used as justification for genital mutilation and attempting forced marriage.

In an email obtained exclusively by TruthRevolt, Abrar Omeish, an MSA board member, asks for campus organizations to stand against Hirsi Ali’s proposed talk.

Hirsi Ali (they say) is:

… a speaker who is very well known for her hateful comments towards marginalized groups, especially the Muslim community. It is making many Muslims on campus feel unwelcome and uncomfortable … We would like to point out though that her main source of fame – or, rather, infamy – has been her inflammatory comments about Islam and its followers. Not only are these comments hateful, but they are also very hurtful to the Muslim community, particularly to Muslim students at Yale.

Through its efforts, the MSA managed to recruit 35 other campus groups and student organizations to stand against Hirsi Ali’s talk because she “is being invited to speak as an authority on Islam despite the fact that she does not hold the credentials to do so.”

Hirsi Ali is scheduled to to give a lecture titled “Clash of Civilizations: Islam and the West” on Monday September 15th.

Hirsi Ali, a best-selling author, drew national attention when Brandeis University infamously rescinded a previously-extended offer of an honorary degree this past April.

Omeish also privately noted that a “ number of prominent groups and publications on campus especially those of faith, have joined, and as brothers and sisters in faith we would particularly appreciate solidarity with you against hatred that we both believe God does not teach us to promote. The Muslim community and its allies are disappointed that our own fellow Yalies would invite such a speaker knowingly and that she would have such a platform in our home”.

Co-signers to the letter include: Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), J Street U, The Arab Students Association (ASA), Women’s Leadership Initative (WLI), The Women’s Center, Asian American Student Alliance (AASA), Black Church at Yale (BCAY), The Slifka Center, Council on Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA).

The last six words intensely provoke us! Why would the Yale Atheists turn against a fellow atheist? Join “brothers and sisters in faith” acting in a way they think “God” would not approve? Against an extraordinarily brave and brilliant woman – and great thinker and writer – who knows as much as anyone can possibly know about the suffering of women under Islam, being herself a survivor of its cruel tyranny?

William S. Buckley, after whom the Program is named that she was invited to honor with her presence, would have held her in the highest esteem.

We’re glad to say Ayaan Hirsi Ali did deliver her address at Yale University as scheduled.

We’ll post a video or transcript of it if and when we can.

Here, for now, is how she ended it:


  • Don L

    “…will you finally stand up to allah?”

    I get so tired of hearing TV talking heads and politicians always pretending that there is a good islam and a bad isalam. There is only one islam and it’s creed is jihad all the time and everywhere. Ayaan Hirsi Ali points out that the “moderate muslims’ are merely deferring their obligation as demanded by Allah: “…with every one of their atrocities they call you to act upon your creed (jihad…kill infidels)…”.

    There is no such thing as an extreme islamist…there are only those doing allah’s work and those who are supposed to and will do eventually…if they are true believers…and they are all true believers.

    As for the Yale atheists…more than likely they are liberal/socialist atheists and PC trumps rationality for these types. I don’t believe in a god and I do believe the world is flat is another of their notions.

    • liz

      Yes these must be leftist atheists, as usual giving the rest of us a bad name. They probably join in anti Israel protests, too.
      These Muslim students with their little feelings hurt over her “hateful comments” – spare me! What hypocrites. Where is their outrage over the hateful comments of 80% of the Muslim imams in this country?
      Or the hateful actions of Muslims all over the world every day?
      No protest over beheadings and mutilations, but let one word of criticism of any of that be spoken, and we must protest!
      Somebody needs to tell them where to stick it.