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?

  • David Murrell

    Notice how the Toronto Star calls Ayaan Hirsi Ali a “heretic” (without the quotes) in its headline — demeaning her for her rather modest suggestions for reforms. And TIME magazine — that dreadful house organ for the Democratic Party — condemns her for her attacks on fundamentalist Islam. Geeesh.

    • Surele Surele

      not surprised at all. they would not know the truth if they stepped on it… or rather, they would not report the truth (willfully and bowing to their masters)

      • k1992

        They should all just officially convert since they’re obviously such good little muslims in spirit. They need to stop pretending to be secular when they’re clearly not.

      • Alain

        Oh, I think they very well know the truth about Islam, but since that wouldn’t fit with their narrative and agenda they prefer to lie.

        • Surele Surele


    • Yea quoting Time does not equal “widespread condemnation” except in the Star’s world.

  • Scaramouche

    “Reform” Islam? You may as well try to “reform” Communism. As a practical matter, it simply cannot be done.

  • Brett_McS

    Islam will only be reformed in the way the Germans and the Japanese were reformed: when the majority are made to realize the Jihadis are dragging them to destruction. Even then the lesson won’t stick for long – they aren’t as smart as the Germans or the Japanese.

    • I suspect it will take destruction on a massive scale. But we can also stigmatize the cult by isolating Muslim nations and curtailing immigration.

      • ntt1

        I would go further in demanding registration of all practicing muslims preauthorization of all mosque sermons and immediate deportation for any spreading hatred or religious supremacy.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It would take an attitude adjustment to reform Islam, something unlikely to happen as long as politicians, diplomats and media whores keep sucking up to the loonies.

  • ontario john

    Inotice The Star doesn’t call Michael Coren a heretic for leaving the Catholic church.

    • ntt1

      he is not heretic ,but bald.

      • Justin St.Denis

        And apparently as morally flexible as a Gumby doll. COREN has cooked his goose, I suspect. Many will never trust him again. I know I won’t.

        • ntt1

          he is just rather clumsy about developing and marketing his “brand” as for not trusting him I would suggest the same approach to ALL media figures.

        • ontario john

          His twitter account thanks all the good people out there that supports him. The good guys have won as he puts it. So I guess any one who disagrees with his born again liberalism is a bad guy. He will fit in well with the Anglican church.

        • David Murrell

          MIchael Coren pulled a Jonathan Kay. Kay became a liberal, given that he perceived (correctly) that the National Post was a sinking ship. In Coren s case, SunMedia had already sunk, so he had to turn colors to get a job elsewhere.

          It s all about money. Right now there isn t much money in conservative media.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    It’s nice of the The Star to put this interview up on their website where it can be seen by anyone.

    I say this as a home subscriber who read this at my kitchen table just two days ago in a Saturday section, ‘World’, that has ‘For Home Subscribers Only’ printed at the top of every page.

    How silly me to expect honesty from the Toronto Star! Haha

    That being said, I am truly happy that this interview is online for all to see and read.

    Reforming Islam? Ha! Ha! Ha!

    I’ll see a unicorn before I see Islam reformed.