Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Un-Feminist Un-HeroPosted: March 28, 2015 | |
She is defying the jihadi censors, the misbegotten hate-speech laws and the polite conventions of Western debate that all limit what can be said about the relationship of Islam to modernity. So what’s Feminism’s problem?
In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: She’s an escapee from an abusive patriarchy.
She’s an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. She’s a fierce advocate for women’s rights.
“Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation and married off to a distant cousin, she is famously a critic of Islam.”
She’s a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices.
Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion.
“Ayaan Hirsi Ali has more confidence in Western civilization and its values than people who have never had to live outside it, or face down the enemies who want to destroy it.”
Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation and married off to a distant cousin, she is famously a critic of Islam.
She has excoriated it at extraordinary risk to her own safety, and makes the case again in her latest book, “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.”
When she collaborated on a film in the Netherlands in 2004 cataloging abuses against Muslim women, her fellow filmmaker Theo van Gogh was assassinated by an Islamist who left a note threatening her pinned to van Gogh’s chest — with a knife.
“In the fashionable neologism designed to be a conversation-stopper, she is “an Islamophobe’.”
But Hirsi Ali wouldn’t be silenced. She is truly a hero of our time. She is defying the jihadi censors, the misbegotten hate-speech laws and the polite conventions of Western debate that all limit what can be said about the relationship of Islam to modernity.
Our society, and especially the left, tends to reflexively celebrate dissenters. But some heretics are more welcome than others.
In the case of Islam, the pieties of multiculturalism clash with what should be an imperative of feminism (i.e., forcefully standing up for the basic rights of women in Muslim societies), and feminism tends to lose out.
“The concern,” as one feminist wrote of Hirsi Ali…(read more)
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- OUTRAGE!… Human Rights Icon Ayaan Hirsi Ali Disinvited from Brandeis Commencement (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Brandeis University Rescinds Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Honorary Degree (nationalreview.com)
- REPEAL THEM NOW: Hate-Speech Codes Won’t Protect Europe From Violence (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Watch Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speak at Yale (nationalreview.com)