Brandeis University in Boston, Mass, decided not to give an honorary doctorate to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali is an atheist who grew up in extremely devout Islamic Somalia. She is a fierce critic of Islam, someone who never grew up in such an environment could never really know.
Her book Infidel was a force of nature, talking about her beginnings and the dramatic change from the medieval word of Islamic Somalia until she arrived in secular and Enlightenment Western Europe.
Now, she takes a view of Islam that might even more critical then such atheist thinkers/writers as the late and great Christopher Hitchens.
Such an approach got her doctorate taken away. Islam is a set of beliefs, and a set of beliefs with way too much power in too much parts the world. It is not like a race or sex.
Religion deserves no inherent respect, none. So she will not get an honorary doctorate at a university afraid of its’ own shadow, but she has achieved and earned so much more.