Ayaan Hirsi Ali Explains to Jon Stewart How Islam Differs from Other Religions

World-renowned author and staunch critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali appeared on the The Daily Show this week, where host Jon Stewart attempted to challenge her assertion that Islam is different from the world’s three major Abrahamic religions–Judaism, Christianity, and Islam–as Hirsi Ali asserts in her latest book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.

“I think people single out Islam as though there is something inherently wrong with it that wasn’t wrong with other religions,” Stewart said. He then went on to question why Hirsi Ali believes Islam is “different” from other religions considering “Christianity went through almost the exact same process,” as he referenced Martin Luther’s Christian Reformation–which began in 1517 when he penned the “95 Theses,” the document that attacked the Catholic Church for its corrupt practice of selling salvation to exonerate people of their sins and thus ushered in the Protestant denomination of Christianity.

Ali went on to explain to Stewart that one of the reasons Islam is different from Christianity is that “the majority of Christians, unlike the majority of Muslims, are not subjected to violence” on a daily basis, a point with which Stewart agreed. “And if you look at 70% of global violence today,” Ali continued, drawing back to the “Now” in her book’s title, “Muslims are responsible” for this violence and are also suffering the greatest at the hands of these Islamists…

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