As a gentile alumnus of Brandeis University, class of 1991, I can attest to the vigorous nature of the school’s academics. However, I have been greatly dismayed by some of the frankly questionable decisions Brandeis has made over the years (“Academic PC at Brandeis silences Muslim dissident Hirsi Ali,” Web, April 15).
One example is the long-term employment of Anita Hill. Though well-qualified on paper, Miss Hill, given her past actions and accusations, remains a controversial political figure ill-suited to represent a university the motto of which claims to value truth and moral character.
Equally bizarre to me is the fact that Brandeis would give honorary degrees to individuals who are apparently anti-Semitic.
This latest wrinkle, the president’s withdrawal of a well-deserved honor to the heroic Ayaan Hirsi Ali in order to capitulate to Muslim fanaticism, is both mystifying and completely inexcusable. It is said that evil flourishes when good men stand by and do nothing.
DAVID L. HUNTER