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by David Meir-Levi
Harvard has long been perceived as America's premier university, the gold standard in the quest for truth in the market-place of ideas, where scholars of high academic integrity pursue cutting-edge research and assist eager students to develop the analytical skills and critical acumen needed for future leadership.
But that perception bears closer scrutiny, especially since Harvard graduates become a disproportionate percentage of our country's leaders. Based on a Slate survey of 1,410 prominent Americans, Harvard grads make up 17% of college and university presidents, 12% of people in the executive branch of our federal government, 11% of our judiciary, 10% of our Senate, and 9% of our business leaders. Harvard grads shape the course of America's future.
Unfortunately, such scrutiny reveals rather unpleasant realities. The present writer's three previous analyses of Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, its Middle East outreach center and its John F. Kennedy School of Government document a decade-long drift from academic integrity to the institutionalization of anti-Israel counter-factual and often deeply mendacious pro-Muslim indoctrination, characterized by egregious distortions of history and risible lies about Israel and Jews. But perhaps most astonishing is the Harvard Law School's promotion of Sharia law as a system of jurisprudence that can, and according to some faculty should, operate alongside of our secular legal system.
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