It gets even worse for Catholics. Kushner infamously trashed Pope John Paul II in The Nation magazine after the Matthew Shepard murder as a "homicidal liar." He denounced Catholic bishops as "mitred, chasubled and coped Pilates,'' and other church leaders as "flagellants" and "fanatics." In response to the pope's call for civil dialogue, Kushner wrote that he would first ask the pontiff not to "beat my brains out with a pistol butt and leave me to die by the side of the road.''
Where were Brooten and her 85 colleagues then? Had Kushner said any of this about an ayatollah, he'd be finished. But it was said about Catholics, so it earned him an honorary degree.
In a statement of rebuttal, Ali said she accepted the commencement invitation months ago due to its history: "It was founded in 1948, in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust, as a co-educational, nonsectarian university at a time when many American universities still imposed rigid admission quotas on Jewish students."
But what "was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles."
Bingo. Now let's wait for the famous Brandeis faculty, past and present, to speak out. What say you, Robert Reich? And how about you, Anita Hill? A black woman has been silenced.