Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Taliban at Yale...

A former spokesperson for the brutal Taliban regime (who toured America in its defense) is not in a cell, but attending one of our finest Ivy League schools. Yale.

Many of you may have heard about this already, but I have been so incredulous that I just had to post about it. Not only is the Johnnie Cochran of the Taliban enjoying the best that this country has to offer...he doesn't even deserve to be there on a purely academic level --he only went as high as eighth grade and now is enrolled at YALE?

"Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, a 28-year-old Afghan who in 2001 toured America to defend the Taliban regime, was admitted to Yale as a non-degree student in January 2005 and has been taking classes there since the summer semester. He can apply to study for a regular undergraduate degree at the college this spring. His enrollment was first reported in the New York Times Magazine." (source)

This is the best though --here is a "student reaction" from a freshman (note: some of the students at Yale are rightfully outraged at the prospect of a terrorist among them):

""If we didn't accept him and try to learn from him, how could we say we're this diverse body and institution of higher learning?" a freshman, Benjamin Gonzalez, said. "If we just dismiss him, what does that say about us?" (source)

"Contacted by the Sun, several fellows of the Yale Corporation, the governing board of Yale University, declined to comment. The most palpable outrage over Mr. Hashemi's admission to Yale came from John Fund, who wrote in the Wall Street Journal yesterday: "This is taking the obsession that U.S. universities have with promoting diversity a bit too far." (source)

I bet there would be sackcloth and ashes, and wailing in the streets should Billy Graham's or Jerry Falwell's son be admitted (and did in fact protest a Pro-Israel speaker)...

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