Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Since the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month, the meaning of Boko Haram—the name used by the terrorist group that seized the girls—has become more widely known. The translation from the Hausa language is usually given in English-language media as “Western Education Is Forbidden,” though “Non-Muslim Teaching Is Forbidden” might be more accurate. 

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Somali-born Dutch lawmaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being “Islamophobic.” Here is an abridged version of the remarks she planned to deliver.

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An Egyptian woman participating in a rally at Yonge and Dundas square during the global day of support for the Egyptian revolution on January 21 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

So much for the Arab Spring. In Cairo, Egyptian history appears to have completed a bloody full circle. First the crowds filled Tahrir Square to demand the end of a military-backed dictatorship. Then, just two years later, the crowds filled Tahrir Square again to demand the restoration of a military-backed dictatorship.

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Islamist preacher Omar Bakri attends an interview with Reuters at his home in Tripoli, northern Lebanon May 24, 2013. Bakri praised Michael Adebolajo, one of the suspected killers of a British soldier in Woolwich, but said his actions were spontaneous and that he acted alone. Syrian-born Bakri, who founded the banned Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, was banished from Britain in 2005.

Another Islamist terror attack, another round of assurances that it had nothing to do with the religion of peace.

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Immigrants hold U.S. flags during their naturalization ceremony to become new citizens of the U.S. in New York, April 17, 2013.

Immigration reform that does not make it harder for such people to settle in the U.S. would be, to say the least, very incomplete.

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Muslim demonstrators hold a banner in protest against an anti-Islamic online video, outside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur September 14, 2012.

Islam’s rage reared its ugly head again last week. The American ambassador to Libya and three of his staff members were murdered by a raging mob in Benghazi, Libya, possibly under the cover of protests against a film mocking the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

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Nigerian Catholic worshippers pray during a morning mass in Kano, Nigeria on Apr. 12, 2005. Kano is part of Nigeria's primarily Muslim north.

We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.

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