Thursday, March 16, 2006

Yale alumni blog keeping track of former Taliban student...

Welcome to NailYale HQ! We’re four Yale alumni who are outraged by our alma mater’s decision to admit former Taliban official Sayeed Rahmatullah Hashemi as a special student. Mr. Rahmatullah’s sole qualification for admission appears to be his service as an apologist for a brutal, misogynistic, terrorist-abetting tyranny. There’s something broken at Yale if they thought admitting him was a good idea, and we want it fixed.

Over the next few weeks or months, we hope to use this space to keep track of the debate, commentary, and news on Mr. Rahmatullah. Later this month he will apply to join Yale as a full-fledged undergraduate; between now and the time Yale decides on his admission, we hope to maintain pressure on the University to consider its decision a little more carefully this time. Part of our effort to do so is the Nail Yale campaign—sending fake fingernails in to Yale to remind them of the Taliban’s brutality towards women. The addresses are in our column here.

This is not a partisan issue; liberals and conservatives alike recognize the nightmarish evil of the Taliban. It is, however, an American issue. Our troops are still fighting the remnants of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and our cities and souls still bear the scars inflicted by terrorists trained in camps under their control. So we ask, whatever your background, that you join us in our efforts to show Yale the error of its ways—and to send Mr. Rahmatullah home. Don’t fail to mail your nails to Yale!


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