ayaan hirsi ali

Instead of blogging, I’m going to read the New York Times profile of Dutch Parliament member Ayaan Hirsi Ali tonight. Here’s how it starts:

Last spring, Ayaan Hirsi Ali took her ”Dutch mother” — the woman who taught her the language and cared for her after she arrived in the Netherlands as a refugee in 1992 — to lunch at the Dudok brasserie, near the Parliament in The Hague. As always, Hirsi Ali’s armed security detail was there. They have been her companions since she started receiving death threats in September 2002. Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia and has been a member of the Dutch Parliament since January 2003, had endorsed the view that Islam is a backward religion, condemned the way women live under it and said that by today’s standards, the prophet Muhammad would be considered a perverse tyrant. She had also announced that she was no longer a believing Muslim. The punishment for such apostasy is, according to strict interpretations of Islam, death. That day at the Dudok, several dozen vocational students were taking up the main restaurant, so she and her guards parked at two tables near the bar. Hirsi Ali had her back to the restaurant when one of the students, apparently a Dutch convert to Islam, tapped her on the shoulder. ”I turned around,” she recalls in her elegant English, ”and saw this sweet, young Dutch guy, about 24 years old. With freckles! And he was like, ‘Madam, I hope the mujahedeen get you and kill you.’ ” Hirsi Ali handed him her knife and told him, ”Why don’t you do it yourself?”

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  1. Danish Amin
    Posted July 11, 2005 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    If I was that dutch dude I would have stabbed the crap out of that female dog.

  2. mark
    Posted July 11, 2005 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    I suspect that there are many who share your opinion, and that’s unfortunate… It seems to me that you, assuming that you are a member of the Muslim minority in the west, and not just someone pretending to be one, would be a proponent of free speech… At any rate, thank you for the insightful, though hate-filled comment.

  3. Dutch PAssiOn
    Posted July 25, 2005 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    No need to think of this you-know-what… She’s such a low life creep, her words don’t mean much, so… But what a low thing to do! This “Submission” clip was so derogatory..only a loser and a PERVERT would show such things!
    Wow…What a low-life! Just tries to turn the whole world against the Sweetest Religion Ever… Where did she learn her Islam…What these women are subjected to are culture crap, has nothing to do with Islam…She mixes Islam with her dirty culture! Islam is far more pure than the crap she slapped on the tables each day in Dutch Parliament! She should be kicked out or ignored! She aint worth thinking of!

  4. Dutch PAssiOn
    Posted July 25, 2005 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    By the way, Mr Mark,
    I respect your comments as well, you see, I dont know if you have seen this clip or not, but Sir, it is so so derogatory… And Freedom of Speech has its limits, do you agree… If it didnt, we would live in a jungle! It’s like seeing person descerating the cross and calling Prophet Jesus the worst of attributes… I mean, I, myself, would be really offended quite the same way if someone made fun of Prophet Jesus in such a way… Muslims respect all religions and do not desecrate it a bit… So why come and descrate ours? There should be mutual respect… Now, I am not justifying Mr Van Gogh’s death… I dont think one should be killed like this, Instead, one should leave it to God, he’ll take care of him…But hey, what can you do? Mr Maynard, please do not be as shallow as to say that Muslims are against freedom of speech, and in the same time, Van Gogh probably knew that this would bring problems and that some people, unfortunately are not stable in the mind…So, who do you blame but Ali and Van Gogh for bringing such calamity to themselves? They should leave the world to live in peace…or try to bring peace somehow! I mean, Seriously! Who in the right mind would think that this would make people be more tolerant? This film breeds hate and brings about instability not only in The Netherlands, but in the rest of Europe… Whether you agree or not, I hope this madness stops soon, on both sides… Thanks for reading my comments, I appreciate it! :)

  5. mark
    Posted July 25, 2005 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m not familiar enough with Hirsi Ali, the religion of Islam, or the current state of affairs in the Netherlands to respond knowledgeably, however, my impression is that when fundamentalist Muslims find themselves in power it’s a bad thing for women’s rights, freedom of speech, those practicing other religions, and human rights. As that

  6. AMIIR
    Posted October 31, 2005 at 5:11 pm | Permalink


  7. mark
    Posted October 31, 2005 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    (I’m happy to see that this post continues to bring out the best in people.)

  8. Zahra
    Posted November 21, 2005 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Ayaan should find more constructive things to do with her time. Apparently she wants to make another movie about the treatment of gays under Islam. Im sorry, but doesnt Christianity and Judaism also frown upon homosexuality? Im somali myself, and I know what torture this woman went through in somalia, my mother and aunties also went through it. Im talking about female genital mutilation and arranged marriages etc. BUT I KNOW FOR A FACT ISLAM DOESNT IN ANY WAY CONDONE THESE THINGS. Its the culture, somalia is a patriachial society just like western countries were many many years ago. What Ayaan went through in somalia was because of the somali CULTURE and the NORMS of society. And Im sorry its also the women who create this attitude in somalia, the women arent entirely the “innocent victims”. Somali ladies also tell the daughters day after day to cook and clean and hardly EVER tell there sons to do anything. These young boys grow up thinking women are born to cook and clean and serve them. IM TOTALLY SICK OF AYAAN POINTING THE FIGURE AT ISLAM. Islam is what gets most women through the day, Islam gives muslim women more freedom, respect, rights and self-esteem then any other women. ISLAM repects women, SOMALIA doesnt. Ayaan should seek councilling.

  9. rob
    Posted December 11, 2005 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow! A lot of passion. Thanks to those who have demonstrated your hateful nature while claiming to defend

  10. Ibraheem
    Posted September 15, 2006 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    To add insults to the injury, Ayaan Hirsi fabricated her stories to get European asylum and so that she is never repatriated.

    Nobody forced her to marriage and Islam is against forced marriage..this link will help understand the Islamic concept on forced marriages, http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?cid=1123996015568&pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam/AskAboutIslamE/AskAboutIslamE and this http://www.answering-christianity.com/cant_force_marriage.htm

    When she said Mohamed was a pervert..Then what shall we call the “peodophiles” in the bible, this link, http://www.authenticsunnah.org/age3.htm

    Keep up the issue of Ayaan Hirsi on http://www.themodernreligion.com/w_main.htm and http://islamofascist1.blogspot.com

  11. Ted Glass
    Posted September 15, 2006 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    To say that Islam is against forced marriage and that therefore she was not forced into marriage is kind of a weak argument. I could just as easily say hat the Catholic church is against buggering little boys. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen though. I don’t know enough about Ms. Hirsi Ali to say one way or the other. You might be right that she wasn’t forced into marriage. I’m just pointing out that your argument is silly. A lot of bad things happen in spite of the fact that religions say they’re wrong.

  12. savita gambhir
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Ayaan your book is so well written and has left a powerful impression on me … we are reading this book for our book club i am sure there will be a lot to talk about, you that night.. i would love to know when one can see you or hear you speak in New York.. one talks of “My heroes’ …. YOU ARE MY HERO !!!!!!! GOD is with you for you speak the truth love savita

  13. DRockMan
    Posted July 3, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I will be happy to point out to you all that, your hero ayaan ali was convicted of lying not only to get into Netherlands. But also about the innocent people who helped her family during hard times in Africa, she called them zealots, etc. Turns out she was never forced to marry anyone, she lied, and you can’t argue that no she didn’t, it’s a fact.

    This only proves one thing, all you need to do, in order to get famous is bash muslims, make offensive movies about them and make up facts. I will start doing that as soon as possible, don’t hesitate to make me one of your heroes!!!

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