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Controversy on Campus over Sharia Lecture
IPT News
September 22, 2009

At Whittier College in California, the dignity of women and protection of their rights are top priorities – so long as they don't interfere with the political agenda of campus Islamists.

Whittier President Sharon Herzberger, who was honored at a WNBA game last month for her commitment to the advancement of women, typically receives glowing press coverage like this and this.  Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, a feminist icon, delivered this year's commencement address.  Earlier this year Herzberger appointed a new dean for Whittier College Law School: Penelope Bryan a scholar of family law who works to end discrimination against women in divorce cases.

With this record, one would think the school would have enthusiastically welcomed a speech by Nonie Darwish, a native of Egypt who is scheduled to speak there this afternoon (12:30 P.M. Pacific Time) about the persecution of women under sharia. Darwish was invited to speak by the Whittier Republican Leadership Council.

But her talk, which is being sponsored by the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, has drawn fire from student and faculty Islamists alike. And according to Brad Mahlstedt, head of the Whittier Republican group, the administration has responded to the pressure in a cowardly way.

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