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A Must Read/Listen: INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Such an incredible story.  How could one go from devoted muslim to atheist?.  Easily, I say!  Stepping away from mental slavery/conformity does exactly that.

The former Dutch parliamentarian, who now lives in the United States, is a vociferous critic of Islam and has faced numerous death threats for years.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali the former Dutch politician who’s life is threatened by Muslims because she wrote a film script that criticised Islam.

Her rejection of Islam though wasn’t simply a reaction to jihadism. She was deeply influenced by The Atheist Manifesto, a work by the Dutch philosopher Herman Philipse, and after renouncing Islam, she became an atheist.
Her fame however was largely due to her collaboration with the film maker Theo Gogh. She wrote the script and  voice-over for the highly controversial “Submission” – a film that is critical of the treatment of women in Islamic society.

The film caused so much controversy, there were threats on Van Gogh’s life. On November 2, 2004, he was stabbed to death on a street in Amsterdam. His attacker, Mohammed Bouyeri, attached a piece of paper to Van Gogh’s body with a knife. The message it contained included a threat on the life of Hirsi Ali.

Ali states she had once been a devout Muslim, but had since come to question not just how Islam has been interpreted and practiced, but the core of the Prophet Mohammad’s teachings. “No culture, no religion, no idea has ever been as brutal to women as Islam,” she told the crowd. “It was a special kind of hatred the Nazis had against the Jews. Islam sanctions a special kind of hatred against women.” She said that Islam is more than a religion, but also a political system, one that is incompatible with U.S. democracy and pluralism. “They are as different as day and night.”

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