Moderate Muslims show courage speaking out against extremists

TORONTO – It’s somewhat misleading to compare Farzana Hassan to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the extraordinary woman from Somalia who fled to escape an arranged marriage to a Toronto man, and became an MP in Holland and a powerful voice against Islam’s treatment of women.

Hirsi Ali sought refuge in the U.S. as Islamists vowed to assassinate her, as they killed a Dutch movie producer who filmed her story. Courage, integrity and insight distinguish Hirsi Ali.

Those same traits could be used to describe Hassan, who writes a column in the Toronto Sun on themes similar to those Hirsi Ali explores.

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