Ayaan Hirsi Ali Channels Her Inner Jonathan Kay

One of the most baffling transformations of recent times – even odder than Jonathan Kay’s shockingly swift journey from the right to the squishy middle (where, granted, there are more employment opportunities) – is the long, strange ride of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ms. Hirsi Ali has gone from being completely wised up about Islam, the religion she rejected some decades ago and, to entertaining doubts about its immutablity.

Sounding a lot like an Irshad Manji – or a Daniel Pipes – the previously adamant Islamic apostate has suddenly decided that, ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Hezbollah, Hamas et al notwithstanding, there’s a glimmer of a ghost of a shot that Islam, may, after all, be reformable.

  • Not Ayaan! Say it ain’t so!

  • Censored_EG

    I’m attempting to reform some Dobermans and German Shepherds towards the path of vegetarianism. Not working so far. Good luck with the muzz reformation, Ayaan! It’s a lot more challenging than my canine training program.

  • Dana Garcia

    Nobody in the press will listen to people who say Islam can’t be fixed and must be quarantined.

    • David

      Its like saying blacks have a lower IQ.

      • Censored_EG

        On average, they do.

  • El Martyachi

    I humbly request a profound cat metaphor from our host.

  • cmh

    of course she does….she’s a muslim, the most dangerous kind of muslim

    • Ah, so. What the hell are you on about?

    • Censored_EG

      In all seriousness, I’ve been wondering about Ayaan and also our own Salim Mansur.

      Perhaps the change in attitude is related to stealthy and less covert attempts to change influential Muslims’ minds to believe in a never-gonna-happen “reformation” of some variety, i.e. think tanks, governments such as the Saudi government, guilt, and especially a combination of the natural self-preservation that maybe just maybe asserts it’s better to be alive than killed by a muzzie terrorist?

      • tisk tisk

        It is simple…
        look who she MARRIED?!!!!
        NIALL FERGUSON (British Historian)
        She has NOW become part of the horsey set and therefore…
        must mind her PC if she wants to sit down to tea with chattering classes

        • Censored_EG

          Old news. So old in fact, that when she first married him she had stronger views in Islam before Ivory Tower Syndrome took over her mind. I call it something perhaps more accurate: Post-Brandeis Syndrome. (PBS).

  • G

    “Hirsi Ali Channels Her Inner Jonathan Kay”
    Why do you say that?
    Did her rich mom get her a job too?

  • sanwin

    Is her transformation as complete as Michael Coren’s ?

    Omar Khadr
    Gay Marriage
    Climate Change
    Islamic terorrism
    Free Speech ?

    He’s done an 180 on each of those.

    • David

      I didn’t know it was that bad.

    • Censored_EG

      Is Coren still a Roman Catholic?

  • Maybe it’s as simple as: “Niall Ferguson wants to keep getting invited to nice dinner parties”?

    Maybe. But if you shouldn’t be too naive, you shouldn’t be infinitely cynical either. At least I hope not. It rots you out, if nothing else. Maybe Ali isn’t re-positioning herself. Maybe she’s just looking for hope where, in my opinion, there isn’t any.

    I’d be reluctant to call Ayaan Hirsi Ali a coward.

    • Alain

      I am unwilling to beat her up over this. She only said that Islam MAY be reformable. Personally I do not see it as possible, but who knows. It certainly is no where close to any kind of reformation other than a return to its true roots; quiet the opposite to what she suggests.

    • k1992

      I would also be very reluctant to call her a coward. I know what I personally feel (emotively) when I read something like this and I wonder if others feel something like this: anxiety. The odds seem at present to be stacked against those who oppose Islam so when a leader of our “side” shows any sign of wavering on the issue, it is disturbing and unsettling. But given what she has been through, it’s really hard to believe that she is reversing her position in any fundamental way (this is my logical assessment, again, from an emotive perspective, I’m concerned.)

    • Censored_EG

      Well said, BM. I could expand on this, but am procrastinating paperwork in my home office already at this point. 🙂

  • Scaramouche

    I think the whole “Islam can be reformed” thing is a bit of a red herring. The problem isn’t that Islam needs wholesale reform; as it stands, most Muslims are perfectly happy to ignore the more problematic aspects of their religion–jihad, sharia, supremacism, etc. The problem is that, reformation or no reformation, there will always be a significant percentage of Muslims who will continue to believe in those things no matter what because the problematic elements happens to be are a core component of Islamic holy writ.

    You can try to bowdlerize the Koran, hadiths, and religiously recognized bios of Islam’s founder–best of luck with all that, by the way; you can encourage Muslims to opt for a “Meccan” over a Medinan” version of the faith. But you can do nothing to stop true believers from doing what they have always done–find justification for jihad and Islamic supremacism within Islam’s holy texts and the teachings of their beloved prophet.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali used to know that. It’s a shame that she no longer seems to.

    That said, nowhere have I ever called her out for “cowardice.” On the contrary, I have always praised her ability to retain her cool under pressure–the very definition of courage. That hasn’t changed just because she has altered her stance on this one issue.

    • Petey

      It *is* a red herring, by and large, and perhaps there is some wishful thinking on her part (and others’) present. That said, the existence of Sufis and Ahmadiyyas suggests that at some point in the past at least a few Muslims must have looked at their ideology and decided that it was in need of a serious makeover. So I guess reform is not entirely out of the question, just highly unlikely. And to state the obvious, given the violence and toxicity of this religion, the rest of the world can hardly sit back and wait for it to reform itself.

  • The_Infidel_01

    Sadly she became a misotheist, thus standing for nothing, she fell for anything, in this case Islamic reform. poor deluded girl. I feel almost sorry for her.

  • There may be Muslims who can change but there are other things that seem improbable at the moment.