A heretic takes on Islam — with police protection

A man enters a barren hotel room, a coiled wire training from his ear, and demands ID. I comply, and then demand his. “Toronto Police Service — VIP protection.” I am deemed not to be a threat.

The all-clear is sounded and moments later in walks the Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

“Controversial” doesn’t begin to cover the feather-ruffling world of Hirsi Ali. The Somali-born author of Infidel and Nomadhas made a career of critiquing Islam. But her new book, Heretic, goes even further, calling for nothing less than a reformation of Islam to reconcile the religion with modernity.

With full police protection (paid for by her publisher, not taxpayers), she explains her position.

That’s some serious security. What can you tell me about it?

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