This is a guest post written by Rogier van Bakel.
Last night, this blog published a post about Brandeis University’s decision to revoke Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s honorary doctorate in Social Justice. The university had belatedly decided that Hirsi Ali, a hard-bitten critic of Islam, does not represent the values Brandeis supposedly holds dear (more on that in a minute).
The successful student petition that preceded the snub contained some quotes from a Reason interview I did with Hirsi Ali in Washington back in 2007. Those quotes, without their context, sounded harsh, although they might have made some people blanch even within their context.
Tomorrow marks the annual Focus on the Family-sponsored “Day of Dialogue” in which participants can tell their LGBT classmates why they’re going to hell. (It’s a Christian response to the Day of Silence which takes place this Friday.)
This is the card they will be handing out this year:
The Federal Bureau of Prisons Doesn’t Consider ‘Humanism’ a Religion, but an Inmate is Suing Them to Change That
The Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon is a prison with nearly 2,000 inmates. Those inmates, upon arrival, can designate a religious preference — which is how we know the religious makeup of inmates who volunteer that information.
The list of available religions, as you can see, doesn’t include Humanism.