The Corner

An Azza Attacks

I’m not going to comment on the argument of this article, which is that Brandeis shouldn’t have offered Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a colleague of mine at AEI, although one I have never met) an honorary degree or invited her to give a commencement speech, and was right to rescind the invitation and offer once granted. Instead I will just ask your indulgence while I complain about a pet peeve: sentences that begin “As a. . . I.” For example: “As a feminist scholar of Islam with a decade of experience working in America’s robust and diverse Muslim communities, I find her sweeping characterizations and rhetoric misguided.” One such sentence I can overlook. But there are six in a short essay. Much too much.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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