Skip to comments.Against Submission (review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "INFIDEL")
Posted on 03/03/2007 5:20:45 PM PST by neverdem
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Illustrated. 353 pp. Free Press. $26.
In the fall of 2002, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, then a junior researcher for the social democratic party in the Netherlands, was invited to stand for election by the rival conservative party. She thought about it, and decided that if she were to enter politics, she would embark on a holy mission to have the statistics of female victims of so-called honor killings around the world officially registered. Honor killings are common in (but not unique to) Muslim societies, where the shame of adultery, or even rape, is such that for some men it can be wiped out only by murdering the women involved.
Hirsi Alis stated aim was commendable, even if her claim that this is the largest, most important issue that our society and our planet will face in this century is perhaps a trifle overblown. But her choice of words is curious. Why a holy mission? By her own account in Infidel she had left God behind years ago. Once a devout Muslim, she was now an atheist: I was on a psychological mission to accept living without a God, which means accepting that I give my life its own meaning. Hence the title of this fascinating account of her life.
I know from having spoken to her on several occasions that she resents people attributing her views, including her conversion to atheism, to her personal experiences. She insists that she arrived at her opinions intellectually, and not because she was traumatized, say, by being painfully circumcised as a child, or brutally beaten by her religious...
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I am going to buy her book on Amazon right now.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
She got a big pair of gonads.
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