Brandeis Shuns Hirsi Ali and Free Speech

By Denise Simon – (Cross-posted at the FoundersCode.com web site)

On the Brandeis University website it states the school is the only nonsectarian Jewish sponsored university in the country. The school was named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis, a former Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.Brandeis-Logo

Then there is a sentence on the website that refers to the school as having innovative and exciting programs of learning that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solutions of real-life problems.

However, when it came to the schools decision to un-invite Ayaan Hirshi Ali for an honorary degree, it flies in the face of the very text above and especially that of what any Supreme Court Justice would encourage.

In a deeper look, one of the notable alumni of the school is Michael Ratner, class of ’65. He is the President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Sounds like a great guy but his organization is at the core of those who aid the Attorney General of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder. Additionally, that organization is the lead agency, full of lawyers, providing free counsel to Guantanamo detainees.

And this very week, the school terminated its invitation to Ayann Hirshi Ali under major pressure from CAIR, whose membership has a nasty history.

When radical speech comes from Muslims however, the same voices claiming to defend the world against hate speech suddenly turn into spin doctors. Among the examples:

  • Sami Al-Arian remains a hero in Islamist circles despite being exposed as a board member for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was taped saying Jews were “made into monkeys and pigs” by Allah and is calling for “Death to Israel.”
  • CAIR represented Imam Kifah Mustapha, in failed litigation against the Illinois State Police. The agency dropped Mustapha as its first Muslim chaplain after the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported about his work as a paid fundraiser for a Hamas front, including performances “singing about Jihad and martyrdom” in a singing troupe which performed at fundraisers.cair-1
  • CAIR lauded University of California, Irvine students charged with misdemeanors for orchestrating a series of disruptions aimed at silencing a 2010 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. CAIR’s Los Angeles director called the students, whose stated goal was to silence someone else’s speech, “true American heroes.”
  • CAIR has defended Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi as a moderate despite his fatwas justifying suicide bombings in Israel and attacks on American soldiers in Iraq. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad joined Qaradawi in 2012 to discuss a film project about the Muslim prophet Muhammad. This meeting occurred after Qaradawi expressed a wish to kill Jews before he dies.
  • When a radical Muslim website threatened the producers of “South Park” in 2010, CAIR’s national spokesman dismissed the significance, wondering in the Los Angeles Times if “they were set up only to make Muslims look bad.”

CAIR works diligently to block free speech across America as well as free thought. Brandeis stated it’s reason for shunning Ayaan Hirsi Ali is due in part that her criticisms were inconsistent with Brandeis Universitiy’s core values.

Well, do those core values include shutting down free speech? Did anyone at the University bother to research the history of CAIR, their relationship to Hamas and its documented relationships with unindicted co-conspirators from the Holyland Foundation trial?

It was only recently that CAIR also forced capitulation of the University of Michigan and the Greater Oakland County Republican Club. (Read more here.) My good friends at the Investigative Project continue to do yeoman’s work with proven facts and documents.

Too often, claims of “Islamophobia” are parroted without challenge by the news media. None of the reports this week pressed Hirsi Ali’s critics about the context of her statements or about the overall tenor of their attacks.

None pointed out that internal documents discovered during an investigation into a Muslim Brotherhood support network place CAIR on the group’s “Palestine Committee.” The committee was tasked with helping Hamas politically and financially.

Until that situation changes, the Islamist winning streak of bullying others into silencing their foes is likely to continue.

Come on America, unless we admit what CAIR is, and what Islam and Sharia is doing to the entire culture and history of our country, then we are going to have a crisis all too soon that will begin to make us look like Great Britain and sadly, Syria.

J Street Student Leaders to Repair Brandeis-Al Quds Relationship

UPDATED: Students for Al Quds get $10,000 grant after heckling former IDF spokesman

By  – Free Beacon

Two student leaders of J Street at Brandeis University who recently came under fire for heckling an Israeli soldier have been selected to help repair the school’s relationship with the Palestinian Al Quds University, which has hosted several anti-Israel terror rallies on its campus.Brandeis

Brandeis was forced to sever its long-term partnership with Al Quds after it hosted a military rally last year that featured masked men performing the traditional Nazi salute. A second Hamas rally was held in late March.

Two leaders of J Street’s campus group, J Street U, were recently given an independent grant to travel to Al Quds and spearhead a “student dialogue initiative” aimed at repairing relations between the two universities.

The students—Eli Philip and Catriona Stewart—serve as the copresidents of Brandeis’s J Street U group. They most recently drew headlines for heckling a former IDF soldier who was speaking on campus.

The Al Quds dialogue initiative comes at a critical time for Brandeis, which is facing a fierce backlash for rescinding an honorary degree from the Islamic human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

The J Street leaders were awarded the $10,000 as part of the Davis Projects for Peace program, which encourages students to “design grassroots projects for peace.”

Philip and Stewart wrote in their grant proposal that they are seeking to “create a framework for long-term student dialogue between Brandeis University and Al Quds University.”

WhosFundingCAIRThe duo hopes to “gain insight into their [Al Quds student’s] daily lives through a structured and intentional five-day trip in Jerusalem and the West Bank and post-trip weekly discussion meetings,” according to the proposal.

Philip and Stewart wrote in their proposal that the December rally at Al Quds “appeared to many at Brandeis to be an anti-Semitic rally.”

Others, including Middle East expert Tom Gross, who first reported on the rally, say that it most definitely was.

Al Quds students associated with Islamic Jihad’s campus faction donning black military gear and mock automatic weapons. They then marched across the school’s campus flashing the traditional Nazi salute.

“It bothers me very much that the school I am attending has a partnership with a school that inherently promotes death to Jews,” Brandeis student Eve Herman told the Washington Free Beacon at the time.

J Street leaders Philip and Stewart say that the Nazi rally inspired them to pursue the new partnership, which will allow a delegation of Brandeis students to spend a week at Al Quds.

“We realized that this was the kind of moment for which the [Brandeis] partnership existed, a moment that could have resulted in learning and growth for both institutions,” they wrote in their grant proposal.

The students claim that Brandeis’s decision to cut ties with Al Quds “lacked appreciation for [former Al Quds University head Sari] Nusseibeh’s desire to uphold the values of free speech and respect, as well as for the realities of life in the West Bank.”

J Street U sparked a row on Brandeis’ campus late last year, when Philip and others were reported to have been “disruptive and rude” during a speech by former IDF spokesman Barak Raz.J-Street-U-Brandeis

“Philip and his [J Street U] colleagues were so disruptive during Raz’s talk that there were calls for him to resign his student leadership position for having embarrassed the Brandeis community,” the Jewish Press reported at the time.

Raz later responded to the incident by stating that Philip “walked in [to the event], over an hour late, and aside from the disruptive chatter, missed the points that were made.”

“The behavior you displayed was quite sub-par,” Raz wrote, adding that “should you desire to continue this conversation, it’s probably best done in a way that reflects a little more integrity. I’m surprised that while you came to learn and listen, you refused to do that.”

Philip, Stewart, and a Brandeis University spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the grant.

However, Ellen de Graffenreid, a senior vice president for communications, told the school’s newspaper that the initiative “is consistent with Brandeis University’s principles of academic freedom and open dialogue on challenging issues.”

UPDATE 4:25 P.M.: Brandeis University emailed the Free Beacon following the publication of this article to distance itself from the Davis Projects and the J Street U students’ project.

“The Davis Projects for Peace is an outside foundation that is not affiliated with Brandeis University. Brandeis University does not play a role in selection of students who are the recipients of these funds,” senior vice president for communications Ellen de Graffenreid wrote to the Free Beacon in an email.

The Davis Projects for Peace program is advertised and hosted on Brandeis’s College of Arts and Sciences website. Brandeis is described as one of the David Projects’ “partner institutions.”

“The relationship with Al Quds University remains suspended and there are no plans at this time to reinstate it,” she said.

Brandeis’s communications department cannot quickly respond to press requests, she said.

“You emailed us at 11:29 a.m. and posted your story at 2:52 p.m.  Understandably, we are quite busy today and were not able to respond to your single request for comment instantaneously,” she said.

“I respectfully request that you change your headline to reflect that Brandeis neither selected nor funded this student research project,” Graffenreid wrote.

Voter ID Laws – Obama Decries Voter Fraud as Bogus

Editor’s Note – The left has chosen to champion an issue that does not exist while decrying facts of one that does – demonstrably.

They say that Voter ID Laws curb voting and that real voter fraud does not exist to warrant such laws, all the while blaming the right.

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Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote

Obama, along with his henchman, Eric Holder, constantly tell us that voter ID laws are preventing voting instead of making it easier, all while stating that these laws are unneeded because there really isn’t any voter fraud occurring.

However, the ‘weaponization’ of the government has been their choice to drive their points home on all fronts.

They repeat this mantra hoping ill-informed people will continue to be just that, ill-informed, and will continue to believe their propaganda about Voter ID Laws.

The problem is that there are many ways to see the proof that voter IDs are necessary and do not stop or infringe upon anyone wishing to vote and that voter fraud is rampant in all states.

Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote can prove this. Yes, that Catherine Englebrecht, of the now infamous IRS hearings, the weaponization of the IRS. The very person who Elijah Cummings, D-MD (Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) attempted to investigate per newly revealed emails as we witnessed this week.

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. (Read the rest at TownHall.)

This all started for Englebrecht because of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas in 2010, when she accused Englebrecht’s organization of interfering with voters and committing crimes as Engelbrecht and her teams taught people how to monitor voting to ferret out fraud. We are confident that the truth about both Lee and Cummings will be forthcoming soon; along with due punishment.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate election integrity org True the Vote and its associated Tea Party group, King Street Patriots, immediately before the IRS and DOJ began targeting the group in June 2010.

Rep. Jackson Lee sent a letter to Holder which alleged that True the Vote was intimidating voters and their election monitors were crossing the line in unspecified “instances” of voter intimidation. The letter went on to directly assert that the “alleged events” were factual and that the True the Vote effort was behind the crimes. The letter offered no documented instances or data of any kind.

The letter, titled “Voter Intimidation in Houston, Texas and Request for DOJ Poll Monitors to Be Sent,” urged Holder to investigate with his DOJ and stated, “As a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, I urge you to order an immediate investigation into these incidents, and call for the Department of Justice to send poll monitors to Harris County immediately to ensure a safe and neutral voting environment during the November 2 election.”

“It was strange and concerning,” said Catherine Englebrecht, founder of King Street Patriots and True the Vote. “She first said there were unspecified reports of crimes and that we were believed to be behind them. In the next paragraph, she began specifically stating that the events did occur, thus accusing us of crimes.” (Read more here.)

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Elijah Cummings and Darrell Issa

Darrel Issa, R-CA, Chairman of Oversight committee seems to be playing the cards very well in exposing the real fraud that is the Democrat Party’s desire to shut down the 1st amendment rights of those who disagree with them.

Here is just a sample of what True the Vote has documented:

How popular is Voter ID?

Of course, these facts do not deter Obama and his merry band of liars from calling them “bogus” and using the government as a weapon:

Obama decries ‘bogus’ voter fraud complaints

By Justin Cink – The Hill

President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud “bogus” and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton.

Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make “it harder, not easier to vote.” And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred.

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“So let’s be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” Obama said.

Obama sad that the efforts betrayed a weakness within the Republican Party, saying his opposition needed to restrict poll access to remain competitive.

“If your strategy depends on fewer people showing up to vote, that’s not a sign of strength, it’s a sign of weakness,” Obama said.

“What kind of political platform is that?” he added. “Why would you make that part of your agenda, preventing people from voting?”

Obama called on Congress to pass an updated formula that would restore a central provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Last year, the Supreme Court gutted a part of the historic civil rights legislation that required certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to clear changes in voting procedures with the federal government.

The court said Congress could update the formula for “pre-clearance,” but lawmakers have been unable to agree on new standards.

Some Southern states have subsequently moved aggressively to impose new, tougher voter ID requirements. Supporters of the legislation, including many Republicans, argue the new standards help prevent voter fraud.

But Democrats say the changes are really intended to exclude poor, minority and young voters who might not have the required photo identification and for whom obtaining it would prove costly.

“Just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is, but a lot of people don’t,” Obama quipped, in reference to the campaign controversy over his birthplace. “I think it’s still up on a website. You remember that? That was crazy. That was some crazy stuff. I hadn’t thought about that in a while.”

Obama accused Republicans lawmakers of “changing the rules to try to restrict people’s access to the ballot.”

And the president said he would have Attorney General Eric Holder review all of the laws being passed for possible legal challenges.

“I will not let voter suppression go unchallenged,” Obama said.

But he also encouraged the assembled crowd to turn out and volunteer to register voters, even as restrictions tightened.

The president did not discuss alternative proposals to combat changes to voting laws.

Earlier this week, civil rights leader Andrew Young suggested Obama provide free Social Security cards with photos to all citizens, in a proposal endorsed by Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration hadn’t had a chance to renew the proposal.

“We haven’t had an opportunity to review all of the implications of that idea that Bill Clinton and others have put forward, but generally speaking on the question of voting rights, President Obama believes we should be making it easier and not harder for every eligible citizen to vote,” Carney said.

Free Speech – Beware how you donate, get fired!

Editor’s Note – If you do not agree with the left and/or the LGBT Community on anything, they will find a way to exact retribution on you, so beware what you donate to as you exercise your right to free speech. The left is watching, and with a leaky federal government, your information may become available to the other side, illegally.

Remember the following story when you hear Democrats talk about transparency regarding donations to 501(c)4 organizations who do not have to report their lists of donors to the IRS. Also think about the unbridled ire we would hear from the left and the MSM if it was a liberal who was made to resign over the same issue at a conservative company.prop-8-statewide-map

That is what appears to have happened to Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, the inventor of Java Script, who dared to donate money to a cause of his choice years ago. What was the cause? Eich donated to California Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriages, which won that year only to be overturned by the courts last July.

(See the map of voting on Proposition 8 on the right from 2008. Notice the coastal community vote in yellow, they dominate California on all matters.)

That victory apparently was not enough for the LGBT community because Eich was forced to resign. Out-of-character for we at SUA to report a statement by Bill Maher, but he said this of the whole situation:

“I think there is a gay mafia,” Maher said. “I think if you cross them, you do get whacked.”

But its not just the fact that they were upset, that they are sore winners after seeing the Proposition overturned, they got help from the IRS:

“…this fact first came to light in 2012, after the Internal Revenue Service leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a gay-advocacy group…” (Read more at Gateway Pundit)

…do you trust the IRS with your personal information now? What do you think of Mozilla and Firefox now? We hope the blow-back on this rivals the Chick-fil-a and “Duck Dynasty” scandals blew back on the LGBT community and that of the A&E Network over the same set of subjects.

Mozilla CEO’s exit tests Silicon Valley’s tolerance

By Gerry Shih – Yahoo News

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tech workers in Silicon Valley debated on Friday whether Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich got the comeuppance he deserved or was himself a victim of intolerance when he resigned under pressure this week amid outrage over his opposition to same-sex marriage.

MozillaGoodSome, especially a dating website that had urged its users to boycott Mozilla’s popular Firefox web browser, cheered Eich’s resignation after less than two weeks as CEO of the nonprofit software company. Others viewed him as a victim and called his critics intolerant of people with different views.

Mozilla co-founder Eich, who invented the programming language Javascript, donated $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in California. Voters approved the measure, but it was struck down last June by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Eich did not respond to requests for comment on Friday, but he had posted an apology on his blog before he resigned for the pain his stance had caused. His views about gay marriage had been known within Mozilla for nearly two years, but controversy erupted after he was appointed CEO in late March.

Rarebit founders Hampton and Michael Catlin, a gay developer couple, pulled their software apps from Mozilla after Eich’s appointment. OkCupid.com, the online dating site, called for a boycott of Firefox. Some on Twitter who identified themselves as Mozilla employees called for Eich to resign.

On Friday, news of Eich’s departure prompted a backlash on Twitter. Many suggested Silicon Valley was intolerant of people with views outside northern California’s liberal mainstream.

Even Rarebit’s Hampton Catlin said he had not anticipated the issue’s escalation and was saddened by Eich’s resignation.

“We absolutely believe people should be allowed to have personal opinions, but we also believe that we are allowed to disagree and to try and change someone’s mind by expressing our own personal story,” the Catlins said in a statement.

“We absolutely don’t believe that everyone who voted yes on Prop 8 is evil. In fact, we’re sure that most of them just didn’t understand the impact the law would have.”

They said many backers changed their mind due to “the impact and pain that the law caused to friends and family members.”

When Eich made his $1,000 donation in opposition to same-sex marriage, the political landscape for gay rights was different than it is today. Even presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Democratic primary rival Hillary Clinton were five years away from embracing legalization of same-sex marriage.

At the end of 2008, same-sex marriages were legal in only Massachusetts and Connecticut. Today 17 states, including California, allow such marriages.

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Before his resignation, Eich posted an apology on his blog for the “pain” he said his views had caused. He vowed to uphold a culture of equality as Mozilla’s CEO, including maintaining the nonprofit’s health benefits for same-sex couples.brendan-eich

In the Thursday post that announced his exit, Eich said he was taking a rest to spend more time with his family and would continue to work on browser software issues.

Some cheered his resignation, including OkCupid.

“We are pleased that OkCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all partnerships,” the company said on its main Twitter feed.

Silicon Valley’s denizens pride themselves on being part of a meritocratic community that welcomes talented workers regardless of their origins or political and religious beliefs.

But analysts said the Eich episode showed there are limits to that tolerance.

Gay rights are widely embraced in the San Francisco area, long known for its thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Silicon Valley’s tech culture reflects that sensitivity, and its companies rely on their CEOs to set that kind of tone, analysts said.

“We in Silicon Valley have a certain degree of hero worship,” said Jane English-Lueck, an anthropologist at San Jose State University who has studied the industry’s culture.

“The CEO has a lot of iconic visibility, and what a business leader is saying is going to have meaning to people about that company.”

Eich’s departure is a reminder that high-profile corporate executives can be taken to task for unpopular personal views, said Bruce Barry, professor of management and sociology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This might make other executives understand that you are potentially accountable for your private views,” Barry said. “The fear of getting in trouble or not advancing causes people to self-censor. But that’s what rank-and-file employees have always known.”

Mozilla has apologized for not addressing the controversy quickly enough and said it was wrestling with the conflict between “equality and freedom of speech.”

“Equality is necessary for meaningful speech,” company chairwoman Mitchell Baker said in a blog post announcing Eich’s resignation on Thursday. “And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.”