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A video released Thursday of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s recent speech at Yale University included a shocking revelation from the global women’s rights activist and outspoken critic of Islam: At one point in her young life she considered herself a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

She couched this admission in a much larger explanation of how and why radical Islam is oppressive and breeds violence, and to explain how she knows personally that it does.

She’s been accused of being angry at Islam. She’s been accused of not being an expert on Islam. She’s been accused of not understanding Islam.

But in her speech that the Yale Muslim Student Association didn’t want her to give, she delves into her Islamic credentials and exposes what she calls “the cancer” of Islam:

Why is my experience relevant? Is it because I was raised a Muslim? Is it because I was married off or had my genitals cut? No.

Is my experience relevant because my citizenship in Holland was revoked? No. Is it because I am traumatized, because I am angry, and I decided to blame my family and my past? No. I am not angry, I have been happy for a very long time and I am not blaming anyone.

I’ll tell you why (my life experience) is relevant to what we are seeing now. I learned from my early teachers of Islam that to be a Muslim was to testify that there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger. I learned to pray five times a day. … To give alms to the poor and to attempt at least one trip to Mecca.

She goes on to say that the typical Muslim is peaceful and loving. But when she was 15, a different type of instructor came along who differed from the instructors of her youth. These new teachers created an “enlightened vanguard” of Muslim students who were taught that neglecting religious duty makes them an infidel, that their duty is to command right and forbid wrong. These teachers made students vigilantes, and she recalled one such “preacher teacher” in particular:

He preached like all the others, incessantly about hell. … He encouraged us to be relentless in enforcing the rules of Islam … for the stubborn who refused to obey and observe, we were to cut ties with them … he encouraged us to convert non-Muslims or cut ties with them. … Jihad – we were to wage Jihad for the sake of Islam. Martyrdom, the best thing to ever happen to us was to die while fighting for Allah. We were to strive for the establishment of Sharia law in our society and beyond … be suspicious of Christians if they refused to convert to Islam … and aspire to destroy the Jews, all Jews, not only the ones in Israel. The preacher teacher would rant against gays, they were to be hanged, and women were to know their place … their place was at home (and they were to) sacrifice everything, even life and the lives of their children for the sake of Allah. … We were supposed to cover ourselves from head to toe when running errands outside the home.

This process of indoctrination that I describe, that affected me, I considered myself once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s this the process of indoctrination that I have seen from up close and personal that makes my experience relevant. It’s this process of indoctrination that is overlooked. We focus on the Jihad, the violence, but we ignore the Dahoa, we ignore the years and years and years of preaching.

Dahoa in the West is protected under religious freedom, but Jihad is not. We have to rethink that. Dahoa leads to intolerance, and eventually violence. This preaching teacher … is the cancer … this preaching teacher is active in our communities here in the United States and in the U.K., and in Europe and the rest of the world. This preaching teacher is embedded in homes, streets, neighborhoods, schools, colleges and mosques and Muslim centers. … His goals are clear, and he’ll use any and all means necessary to indoctrinate young and impressionable minds with the creed of Jihad.

Watch the video:

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali received a standing ovation at the end of her speech at Yale University on Monday night, the New Haven Register reports.

Global human rights activist Hirsi Ali is a controversial critic of Islamic extremists, after she endured forced genital mutilation and fled from an arranged marriage. Her visit had been protested by the Muslim student group at Yale in the weeks leading up to her arrival. But in the end, she bravely stood before her supporters and critics and said what she wanted to say about the religion’s violence against and oppression of women.

She drew a standing-room only crowd of 200 and “no boos nor signs of dissent” were spotted, the Register reports, adding:

Hirsi Ali began by thanking the Buckley group “for standing up for academic freedom” by inviting her to speak. … Alluding to the stance against her by Yale’s Muslim Students Association, Hirsi Ali said they had sought to “silence” her …

“My question to the Muslim students at Yale is: why do you try to silence a dissident?” Hirsi Ali asked.

And then she asked, in the wake of beheadings of other “dissidents” and suppression of women, “Why are Muslims silent? Where is the Muslim outrage?”

She added, “For Muslim women, their place is at home. They are to sacrifice everything, practice strict obedience to their fathers, grandfathers and husbands.” She said it comes down to complete control and “indoctrination.”

Hirsi Ali concluded her speech by asking: “Will you submit — or will you finally stand up to Allah?”

Read the full article.

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Muslim students are trying to shut up global women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, set to speak at Yale tonight.

Hirsi Ali is a critic of Islamic extremists, and the Muslim student group at Yale and its many politically correct supporters have decried the visit and even tried to limit what Hirsi Ali could talk about or have a pro-Muslim speaker on hand who could offer counterpoints.

David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University and a Jewish scholar, has this to say, and it’s brilliant. Writing on National Review Online:

To the Yale Muslim Students Association and its many sister organizations that have co-signed a letter protesting Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lecture on Monday:

I love your new free-speech concept! Obviously this woman should have been banned from campus and had her face stomped in; why couldn’t they have just quietly murdered her in Holland along with her fellow discomfort-creators? These people are worse than tweed underwear! They practically live to make undergraduates uncomfortable. But let’s deal with the harsh realities. Your inspired suggestion, having Official Correctors speak right after Ali to remind students of the authorized view of Muslim society, is the most exciting new development in Free Speech since the Inquisition — everyone will be talking about it! You have written, with great restraint, about “how uncomfortable it will be” for your friends if this woman is allowed to speak. Uncomfortable nothing. The genital mutilation of young girls is downright revolting! Who ever authorized this topic in a speech to innocent Yale undergraduates? Next thing you know, people will be saying that some orthodox Muslim societies are the most cruel and benighted on earth and that Western societies are better than they are (better!) merely because they don’t sexually mutilate young girls! Or force them into polygamous marriages, countenance honor killings, treat women as the property of their male relations, and all that. Can’t they give it a rest? You’d think someone was genitally mutilating them. …

Thank you for protecting us from having to listen to uncensored ideas and make up our own minds, Yale Muslim Students Association. Or at least trying. We will treasure your letter and keep it under our pillows forever.

Click here to read the full letter.

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The Episcopal Church at Yale said its top chaplain had resigned effective immediately “on his own initiative.”

JNS.org reported that the Rev. Bruce Shipman had written a letter to the editor of The New York Times in August, saying that an op-ed by a Jewish history professor “makes far too little of the relationship between Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza and growing anti-Semitism in Europe and beyond.”

Though it didn’t say why Shipman resigned, the Episcopal Church at Yale said “it is our belief that the dynamics between the Board of Governors” and Shipman “occasioned” his resignation. The organization, its board, the bishops of Connecticut and Shipman

are all committed to a civil dialogue on difficult issues that divide peoples of this world and pledge ourselves to the prayerful and humble work of reconciliation and peace in our hurting and divided world.

Read the full Episcopal Church statement here.

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King Obama.

It’s getting so bad that more and more scholars are joining in with left-leaning law professor Jonathan Turley in expressing outrage over President Obama acting like he can do whatever he wants with this nation and completely ignore the laws and the Constitution of this land.

The latest to join the chorus is Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman, who penned an op-ed in the New York Times regarding Obama’s declaration of war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.KingObamaSlider

“Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris,” Ackerman notes. He goes on to argue that:

Mr. Bush gained explicit congressional consent for his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In contrast, the Obama administration has not even published a legal opinion attempting to justify the president’s assertion of unilateral war-making authority. This is because no serious opinion can be written. …

Mr. Obama may rightly be frustrated by gridlock in Washington, but his assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order. His refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.

… for now the president seems grimly determined to practice what Mr. Bush’s lawyers only preached. He is acting on the proposition that the president, in his capacity as commander in chief, has unilateral authority to declare war.

In taking this step, Mr. Obama is not only betraying the electoral majorities who twice voted him into office on his promise to end Bush-era abuses of executive authority. He is also betraying the Constitution he swore to uphold.

The Mint Press News reports there are other professors chiming in on the same topic, such as Robert Chesney, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, who told the Daily Beast Obama’s claim of authority to bomb ISIS targets in Syria was “on its face” an “implausible argument.”

Despite my personal desire to bomb the hell out of ISIS, we must as a nation follow our Constitution. And we must demand the same of our president. And now, as more and more liberal professors voice consternation at this president’s “imperial hubris” – perhaps we can finally force Mr. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” to follow our laws through public humiliation and unrelenting pressure.

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I don’t know a great deal about Yale University student Helen Price other than what her Twitter profile says: “Yale student, leftie, Berliner, Brit, blogger … My Marxist feminist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.”

But what I can tell you about Ms. Price is that a comment she gave to The Yale Daily News this week about the school’s 3-year-old William F. Buckley, Jr. Program is one of the most short-sighted, asinine and chilling statements I’ve read all week from an Ivy Leaguer, and trust me, they’ve said a lot of dumb stuff this week.

The article in which Price is quoted is a feature on the Buckley program, which strives to promote intellectual diversity on campus and brings in a variety of speakers to that end.

Helen Price ’18 said that although she appreciates the effort the program makes to promote intellectual diversity, in practice such an effort can be problematic.

“When you invite very conservative speakers here who perhaps have controversial views on Islam or homosexuality, you essentially make Yale a very uncomfortable place for a large percentage of the people here on campus, and everyone should feel at home at college,” Price said.

Where does it say in the Declaration of Independence that one of America’s unalienable Rights is not getting your feelings hurt or your beliefs challenged at university? Welcome to America, Ms. Price - the land of the free.

And what about the conservative students running this club? Certainly they’ve had to suffer with feeling “uncomfortable” as their beliefs and views are ridiculed, bashed and slandered by peers and professors alike.

Yale is not exactly a comfortable place for students who, for example, are prolife. Just five months ago I was writing about how Yale student leaders refused to provide any support to a student pro-life club there. Indeed, won’t even give the prolifers official recognition in the name of “reproductive freedom.”

This despite the fact that the Yale student leaders have $800,000 at their disposal and dole that cash out to groups that tackle a variety of service projects and social justice causes, including tutoring, homeless outreach, environmentalism, homosexual advocacy, Palestinian statehood and more.

The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program is sorely needed at Yale, because it’s clear only one ideology dominates and controls the New Haven campus, and its students deserve a well-rounded education.

It’s pretty sad that it’s the students who have to band together and do the job the school’s administrators should be doing.

But such is the state of higher education today.

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