Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. As a young child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up, she embraced Islam and strove to live as a devout Muslim. But she began to question aspects of her faith. One day, while listening to a sermon on the many...
Two opposing opinions go head to head.
Progress can never be made if we can't satirise Islam, says Maajid Nawaz.
The Sharia punishment for Muslims who drop their faith is death and the confiscation of their property. The reason why is curious.
Without a U.S. counterstrategy, the violent ideology will spread.
Standing up to political correctness and facing death threats, the Muslim apostate writers Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have honored our increasingly endangered Western heritage of free thought, which includes the right—indeed, the obligation—to subject religious dogma to criticism and reason.
Jihad is spreading violence -- and succeeding. "Of the last sixteen years," notes Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her new book, The Challenge of Dawa, "the worst year for terrorism was 2014, with ninety-three countries experiencing attacks and 32,765 people killed."
And as Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is calling for a reform of Islam, points out: “As a moral and legal code, sharia law is among the most dehumanising, demeaning and degrading for women ever devised by man.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali begins her commentary with these words: “I was a Muslim refugee once. I know what it’s like.” She was en route to Canada to consummate a marriage arranged against her will by her father. At the Frankfurt Airport, she fled to the Netherlands. There she learned Dutch and received a master’s degree in political science before coming to America.
“I was a Muslim refugee once,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali declared this week in her response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban. “I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to fear rejection, deportation and the dangers that await you back home.”
Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls for decoupling political aims from the religion of Islam to combat growing radicalism. She also discusses counterterrorism strategy, which she argues should focus on battling the ideas that spread radicalism rather than the radicals themselves.
A frightening recent report: an estimated 200 million Muslim girls and women alive today have been forced to go through female genital mutilation; also frightening: in America and Europe most of the leaders of the feminist movement have remained all but silent amidst this horror. There have been, thankfully though, a few exceptions. The most notable of them has been Ayaan Hirsi Ali who has become the leading voice in the fight against this attack upon the body, heart and spirit of so many.
The civilized world naturally believes that the bombing and slaughter of innocent civilians by Islamic terrorists is atrocious. In an interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali published in the Wall Street Journal April 27, 2017, by Tunku Varadarajan of Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, we are now told terrorism is only a tactic in a much larger ideological war; Islam can take America from the inside, and if we don’t act, Shariah Law will govern the country.
[Subscription Required] Ayaan Hirsi Ali is coming to Australia soon to speak about reforming traditional Islam and confronting militant Islam. There are people and organisations trying to prevent her from coming or speaking. They describe her as an “extremist” who engages in “hate speech”. They are in error. She must be allowed both to come here and to speak. In a liberal society one is free to choose and to change one’s religion, one is free to not adhere to any religion and one is free to inquire, read, speak and write critically of religions, political ideologies and other matters, including law and morals.
The global asylum and refugee system is no longer fit for purpose. As a beneficiary of that system, I do not make such a statement lightly. The reality is that it is outdated and can no longer cope with the challenges posed by mass violence and global migration today.
A judge struck down a 1996 federal law banning female genital mutilation, saying that it was incompatible with the Constitution. The Michigan case at hand involved Dr. Jumana Nargawala who allegedly performed female genital mutilation on nine girls, who were reportedly in the age range of 7-12 years old.
Societies learn and grow when they question, challenge—even offend. Islamists are pressuring free people to give up their most basic rights.
Virtually every issue has become a partisan football in America’s politicized age of anti-Trump hysteria. Except one. The debate that has bucked this trend is the #MeToo campaign, which has successfully cut across party lines, wealth divides, race and religion.
One year ago, news broke that an American doctor was charged in Detroit federal criminal court for performing genital mutilation on young girls. Since then, the case has uncovered a web of secrecy and abuse with seven more charged and up to 100 girls potentially victimized.
If you don’t know what the Intellectual Dark Web is, you probably will soon. In short, it is a group of free thinkers who are having conversations with each other in the form of podcasts. On its face it doesn’t seem so extraordinary, but it is. Why?
Though yesterday’s Italian election is seen as a deadlock, the Far Right is the clear winner, with the populist Five Star Movement and anti-immigrant League coming out ahead. Even Silvio Berlusconi performed well in an election considered a rebuke to anyone with progressive ideas about the cultural and political direction of the nation.