Victory for free speech at Yale

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I feel much better today than I have for the past few months.

My faith in real civility has been restored, to some extent.  I call it real civility to distinguish it from the so-called “civility” that is now constantly invoked in order to silence and censor those who dare to challenge the liberal status quo.

A courageous woman who dares to denounce atrocities against women in the Muslim world spoke to a very large crowd here at Yale, despite opposition from the usual suspects.  She has been banned from most other campuses, and has even had an honorary degree revoked by Brandeis University, simply for speaking her mind and revealing to the world some of the violence she has had to endure at the hands of Muslims.

There were policemen present, and the speaker brought her own body guards.  But there were no incidents.

Instead, the speaker received a thunderous standing ovation. 

Read the article below for more details, and for inspiration.  The author is a senior here at Yale.  He is the one who orchestrated this event and had to confront the Unholy “Civility” Inquisition (which included our university chaplain).  He is also one of my students, and will be writing his senior essay under my direction.  

It’s a small victory against those who love to silence free speech.  Yes, it’s small in the grand scheme of things.  But it’s getting a lot of press and could turn out to be quite significant.

And… guess what?  Yale has invited several Castronoid scholars to a conference here on campus in October.  Is anyone protesting their visit, or clamoring for censorship?

Nope.  The outrage of the Unholy “Civility” Inquisition is highly selective.

From The American Spectator:

by Rich Lizardo

Just under three weeks ago, Yale President Peter Salovey delivered his freshman address on free expression. He quoted extensively from the Woodward Report, a document whose language he called “clear and unambiguous” in its defense of free speech, and he made the case for why “unfettered expression is so essential on a university campus.”

Our community now faces an opportunity to put these ideals into practice. The Buckley Program, an undergraduate group on campus, recently invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali to give a lecture this week. An accomplished and courageous woman, Hirsi Ali has an amazing story. She suffered genital mutilation as a child and later fled to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage. These are beyond mere “unfortunate circumstances,” as some organizations have called it. Once in the Netherlands, she worked at a refugee center, became a politician, fought for human dignity and women’s rights and ultimately abandoned her Muslim faith. In her works since then, she has voiced strong opinions against Islam, opinions which have provoked constant threats on her life ever since.

As the president of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program, here is my understanding of the controversy that then unfolded: When news of the upcoming Sept. 15 lecture became public, a student representative of the Muslim Students Association contacted me and asked to meet. During our first conversation, she requested that the Buckley Program disinvite Hirsi Ali. I told her such an option — which she now denies to me and university administrators having presented — was a nonstarter.

I distinctly remember that this student then asked if my group would consider either prohibiting Hirsi Ali from speaking on Islam or inviting another speaker to join — someone who would supposedly be more representative and qualified to discuss the subject. She told me certain national organizations, which I expected to be opposed to Hirsi Ali’s invitation, were interested in her visit to Yale. I took this to mean these organizations might drum up a controversy about Hirsi Ali’s visit. And she expressed support for the Brandeis University administration, which revoked an honorary degree from Hirsi Ali this past spring. This, of course, was precisely one of the incidents of censorship that President Salovey alluded to in his address.

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1 thought on “Victory for free speech at Yale”

  1. Mr. Lizardo was on the Kelly file on Fox. A gentleman, quiet speaking and of conviction.

    “[Lizardo was] asked if [his] group would consider …. inviting another speaker to join — someone who would supposedly be more representative and qualified to discuss the subject.” HA!

    Also on with Kelly was one of those guys recommending someone whom we are supposed to believe is more representative and more qualified to discuss the subject. He interrupted, talked over Kelly so she could not be heard as she was skewering him for his inconsistencies and hypocrisy. Just how long do you think it would have been a successful experience for that audience to hear any truth with another such person?

    I am reminded of the time Professor Eire was invited on to Marty Moss Coane’s program and he called in to offer his knowledge. Without warning him in advance this moderator sabotaged him by having a “Cuba expert” professor to present “the other side.” I will never listen to her again. Her name is mud to me.

    I also remember when William Buckley made the vow that he would never appear on any stage where an opponent would be at the same time. I agree with Buckley. He had seen too many times when he could not state his case.

    Whenever the other side is on with a good person, there can be no true dialogue. I think it is much better when people of differing views speak in different venues or at the same one but at different times.
    But that is not what fanatics want. They want the power to silence their opponents.

    A good decision was made to allow Ali to speak on her own.
    Good for Yale!

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