John Fund reports today that Malalai Joya, a 27 year old female member of the Afghan Parliament, spoke at Yale University last Thursday about Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the Yale Taliban:
"It is an unforgivable insult to the Afghan people that he is here. He should face a court of law rather than be at one of your finest universities."
Yale continues in its refusal to respond, even going so far as having the campus police order removal of questioners from the campus.
Meanwhile, Penraker points out that studying in America has little effect on hard-line Islamists.
And James Kirchick of the Yale Daily News says:
"Outrage over religious fascism ought to be the province of American liberals. But in Hashemi's case it has been almost entirely trumpeted by Fox News, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and right-wing bloggers. A friend of mine recently remarked that part of his and his peers' nonchalance (and in some cases, support for) Hashemi has to do with the fact that the right has seized upon the issue. Our politics have become so polarized that many are willing to take positions based on the inverse of their opponents'. This abandonment of classical liberal values at the expense of political gamesmanship has consequences that reach far beyond Yale; it hurts our national discourse."