A black woman, who is an atheist and a strong defender of women's rights. Someone who believes women should be treated with respect - a woman who did this:
She established a foundation, the goal of which is to protect women in the West who are the victims of religiously inspired oppression and, in Ali’s own words, to
reinforce the basic rights and freedoms of women and girls, including security and control of their own bodies, access to an education, the ability to work outside the home and control their own income, freedom of expression and association, and the myriad other basic civil rights defined under the laws of Western democracies and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I mean, doesn't this sound right up the alley of what today's progressives are all about?
You might think so. But - you'd be wrong.
Read the whole thing. Then wonder what has happened to a nation and some of our best universities, that because a woman whose body has been mutilated, who was promised away as a young girl to a man she didn't love in marriage, whose partner in a film was murdered because of that film - and she also threatened with death ... wonder why someone who has lived through all this and fights against all for which it stands is told she cannot get an award which originally was promised.
This was OK for someone to get an award at Brandeis - but - not Ali. What a world.
Those who have remarked reflexively that they could not imagine a university giving in to pressure leveled against a staunch critic of Christianity or Judaism presumably do not know just how right they are. Responding to criticism after it elected to confer an honorary degree on Tony Kushner — a playwright who has admitted to having “a problem with the idea of a Jewish state” and to believing that “the biggest supporters of Israel are the most repulsive members of the Jewish community” — Brandeis clarified its policy toward the controversial, explaining that the college
bestows honorary degrees as a means of acknowledging the outstanding accomplishments or contributions of individual men and women in any of a number of fields of human endeavor. Just as Brandeis does not inquire into the political opinions and beliefs of faculty or staff before appointing them, or students before offering admission, so too the University does not select honorary degree recipients on the basis of their political beliefs or opinions.