3.13.2006

Yale official: Taliban opponents are "retarded"

Some Yale alumni are disturbed by the university's recruiting of, and enrollment of, a leader of the Taliban. The Taliban were, and hope to be again, one of the most brutal, backward, anti-human rights, and anti-women's rights regimes in the world. Yale refuses to discuss the matter.

The alumni are encouraging others to withhold donations to Yale and instead send a painted press-on fingernail, to represent the Taliban's practice of pulling out the fingernails of women who wore nail polish.

Yale assistant director of giving Alexis Surovov shows more tolerance for the torturing Taliban than for those who oppose them. In an e-mail to the alumni, he wrote:

"What is wrong with you? Are you retarded? This is the most disgraceful alumni article that I have ever read in my life. You failed to mention that you've never contributed to the Yale Alumni Fund in your life. But to suggest that others follow your negative example is disgusting."
I hope Yale alumni will follow the suggestion of these dissidents and withhold donations until Yale comes clean and stops treating its critics so condescendingly.

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