The Dissenter: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Her Controversial Views on Islam

When I ask Ayaan Hirsi Ali what she likes to do for fun, she has to pause. It’s not that she can’t think of an answer—she loves dancing—but rather she worries, as the question is a personal one, whether something in her seemingly innocuous response could compromise her safety.

It’s a legitimate concern. Since she first started voicing extreme criticism of Islam, Hirsi Ali has faced grave death threats. The most explicit one occurred in 2004 after the release of a film she had worked on with Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh. The short documentary, Submission, which aims to showcase how Islamic doctrine condones violence against women, features images of the abuse of Muslim women, juxtaposed against specific Koran verses. A few months after the film’s release, an Islamic extremist shot and stabbed Van Gogh to death in Amsterdam, pinning a five-page warning letter on his body for Hirsi Ali—she would be next.

  • Icebow

    I don’t suppose her fun would be sexual, poor lady. Shame about the atheism.

  • wallyj180

    ” Hirsi Ali admits many women also seem to hate her. To her surprise and frustration, she’s found that Western feminists are among those who most strongly condemn her opinions and her advocacy work. ”

    Of course, the ‘progressives’ are building up ‘cred’ with each other.
    They have proclaimed islam to be a race , and by denouncing her they are showing their moral superiority and even more importantly, have inoculated themselves against being labelled a racist.

    It is asinine, but it must never be questioned or else you lose standing on the ship of fools.

    • The left and especially the “feminist” left are Nazis.

      • Alain

        Feminism is a child of the Left.

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  • Dana Garcia

    Somebody should introduce Ayaan to target shooting, which is great fun. Plus it would be a practical skill for her. Win, win.

    I was on the rifle team in high school and miss shooting every week.