Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Harvard: “What are they learning here?”

posted at 6:06 pm on May 9, 2006 by Allahpundit

I figured the usual suspects would show, and show they did. Michelle has the details.

Update: Via LGF, a report from Miss Kelly on Hirsi Ali’s appearance:

The last questioner (Bangladeshi woman) asked “Do you identify yourself as a woman? If so, why aren’t you concerned with domestic abuse? Why are you only harping about Islam?” Ayaan was amused. “Yes, I identify myself as a woman, I think that’s self-evident.” She replied that much of her work is against violence and oppression of girls and women around the world, which is easily confimed by reading her books and lectures. At this point, given the overt hostility of the questioner, Ayaan noted that debate and criticism of Islam is not the same as attacking Islam. “I’m not attacking Islam, I want to reform Islam.” Here Ayaan asked “I really wonder what you (referring to all the grad students) are doing here” It was along the lines of “What are they teaching you anyway? Do you not know how to debate or discuss an issue?”

Update: Ayaan Hirsi Ali has a blog.

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It’s now 7:52 pm. People are cleaning up after dinner w/ their families..homework issues ensue…TV..internet…phones ringing…friends with problems…albiet small ones.

It’s 7:52 pm. People in a place called the “middle east”, or Chicago, or LA or Boston are trying to figure out a way to kill you.

“Ignorance is bliss, and some people are delighted..”


Jimmyboy1 on May 9, 2006 at 7:57 PM

No, they are liberals, all they “know” how to do is believe whatever they want to believe, and ignore anything or any truth that gets in the way.

NRA4Freedom on May 9, 2006 at 8:25 PM

Gee, doesn’t she realize that women are supposed to talk about women’s issues and leave all those pesky political debates to the menfolk.


theGimp on May 9, 2006 at 10:48 PM

Seems to me that by addressing the problems inherent to Islam, you are addressing domestic abuse(among other abuses).

sMack on May 9, 2006 at 11:03 PM

How much does a Harvard education cost? Is it up to $50,000 a year yet?
What a deal, huh?

Tom McLaughlin on May 10, 2006 at 5:27 AM

“What are they teaching here?”

1) America is evil

2) Capitalism is evil

3) Bush is a terrorist

4) bin laden is a freedom fighter

5) islam is a religion of peace, and if you disagree we’ll cut you head off!

Tony737 on May 10, 2006 at 10:59 PM