Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Fig leaves fall at Harvard

Boston Herald columnist Michael Graham begins:

What can a 19-year-old guy in jogging shorts do at Harvard that a rich Saudi sheik who sponsors terrorism can’t?

Get banned from the building.

Six times a week, Harvard kicks all the guys out of the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center at the request of the Harvard Islamic Society. This is to accommodate those female Muslim students whose faith won’t let them work out in front of men.

In the old days, Harvard would have laughed if some Catholic or evangelical mother urged “girls-only” campus workouts in the name of modesty. Today, Harvard happily implements Sharia swim times in the name of Mohammed.

At Harvard, that’s called progress.

When I asked Harvard spokesman Bob Mitchell about this new Sharia-friendly policy, he denied that they were banning anyone. “No, no,” he told me, “we’re permitting women to work out in an environment that accommodates their religion.”

By banning all men from the facility, right?

“It’s not ‘banning,’ ” he insisted. “We’re allowing, we’re accommodating people.”
Mitchell’s remarks should fool no one. They’re fig leaves meant to hide what Harvard’s actually done.

The ban is not an accommodation to Muslim women’s “religion.” Mitchell knows that.

The ban's a kow-tow to Muslim fundamentalists who seek to impose their interpretation of Sharia law on every one of us.

Millions of Muslim women in America and elsewhere have no religious objection to working out at a gym or recreation center alongside men. They know their religion doesn’t forbid them from exposing their arms and legs during a workout session.

It’s fervid imams and other extremists who want to forbid that.

And it’s those extremists Harvard’s kow-towed to.

Graham reminds us Harvard’s ban is only one in a series of kow-tow’s to Muslim extremists:
[W]hen it comes to “allowing” anti-Semitism and the promotion of terrorist violence, [Harvard stands out.]

When John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt were looking for a place to publish their “beware the Jewish lobby” propaganda, they found willing partners at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

And who invited former Iranian president Mohammed Khatemi to speak on the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11? Who else?

Not only is he a lifelong member of the murderous Khomeini regime, but Khatemi helped create and develop Hezbollah.

There are institutes of over-the-road trucking and schools of straight chiropractic that wouldn’t have allowed him on campus. But at Harvard, he’s an honored guest.

And then there’s that ultimate FOH (Friend of Harvard) Sheik Al Waleed bin Talal.

This Saudi sheik stroked a check for $20 million to promote the study of Islam. Harvard took the check, no questions asked.

They didn’t ask, for example, about bin Talal’s gift of nearly $30 million to a fund for the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

Knowing their kin will benefit financially is an inducement to young people planning to blow themselves up in Tel Aviv pizza parlors, and Sheik bin Talal made sure the money was there.

Nor did they ask about the TV company bin Talal owns, where the watchdog group MEMRI has tracked broadcasts of everything from open calls for martyrdom by children to lessons on the proper methods of wife-beating.

For a campus with a Sharia-friendly record like Harvard’s, mandating single-sex pilates is no big deal.

It would be nice to think that there were still a few liberals or feminists with the good sense - or sense of decency - to be embarrassed by all this. This is, after all, the same college that sued to keep military recruiters off campus over the issue of gay rights. ...
Yes, it would be nice.

But Harvard's dominated by leftists, feminists and liberals afraid of leftists and feminists.

Did Graham’s mention of Sheik Al Waleed bin Talal and a check stir any memories?

Maybe you asked: "Didn’t Mayor Guiliani right after 9/11 refuse a multi-million dollar check from bin Talal?"

Guiliani at first accepted bin Talal’s check but when he learned more about bin Talal, he did what every decent American would do. From a CNN Oct. 12, 2001 news report:
Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.

"I entirely reject that statement," Giuliani said. "There is no moral equivalent for this [terrorist] act. There is no justification for it. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification for it when they slaughtered 4,000 or 5,000 innocent people."

Prince Alwaleed gave the mayor a check after a Thursday morning memorial service at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center towers destroyed in the attacks.

The prince offered his condolences to the people of New York, but after the ceremony he released a statement suggesting the United States "must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack." …
The rest of CNN’s report is here.

Here's Graham’s column.

Message to Graham: Congratulations on a great column exposing Harvard’s naked embrace of Muslim fundamentalists out to destroy America and Western civilization.

Message to the rest of us: Wherever else we may be having success in the War on Terror, we’re not doing well at places like Harvard, Berkeley, Oakland, and Dick Brodhead’s Duke.

Perhaps someone in the bin Talal Islamic Studies Program could let Harvard know what the sheik’s pals in Saudi Arabia actually do to gay people. It’s worse than just banning them from the weight room.

Hat tip: Instapundit


Anonymous said...

Every time I hear of events such as these, "Animal Farm" immediately comes to mind. Some are, indeed, more equal than others.

Anonymous said...

In a time of universal deceit- telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

-George Orwell

wayne fontes said...

The question I would like to see answered is how many Muslim women are their with modesty concerns. I figure there are a couple of hundred Muslim women in all of Harvard and expect the majority of the to be secular enough to work out with men. I'm guessing you are going to end up with a population of less than fifty women. In the name of inclusion 9,000 or so men are inconvenienced for the benefit of a very small number of women.

A hundred bucks says the gym remains virtually empty during the designated hours.

Anonymous said...

I fear this is only the beginning. At some point in time I suspect someone, somewhere will refuse a Muslim request/demand. Then I fear there will be violence.

Anonymous said...

My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, never surrender to what is right.

-Dan Quayle

W. R. Chambers said...

This story is just another example of the kind of thing that led William F. Buckley, Jr., to say he would sooner “live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University."