Most alarming are the cases of Hirsi Ali and Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Ali, an internationally known women's rights advocate, was invited to speak and receive an honorary doctorate at Brandeis University. She is a harsh critic of Islam, which Brandeis apparently failed to note. Once enlightened by the blogosphere, Brandeis rescinded the degree offer. Ms. Ali observed how women in her native Somalia sacrificed their bodies and souls to preserve family honor. She herself was subject to genital mutilation, as were many girls her age. For Ms. Ali these experiences were central to Muslim tradition. Later her friend Theo van Gogh was assassinated in Amsterdam by a Muslim terrorist angered by van Gogh's artistic perspectives on his religion. Presumably, by banning her, Brandeis sees its Muslim students as incapable of forming their own thoughtful responses to Ms. Ali's criticism.