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Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an outspoken, courageous and encouraging woman. In February she made the following statements:
SPIEGEL: But Muslims, like any religious community, should also be able to protect themselves against slander and insult.
Hirsi Ali: That’s exactly the reflex I was just talking about: offering the other cheek. Not a day passes, in Europe and elsewhere, when radical imams aren’t preaching hatred in their mosques. They call Jews and Christians inferior, and we say they’re just exercising their freedom of speech. When will the Europeans realize that the Islamists don’t allow their critics the same right? After the West prostrates itself, they’ll be more than happy to say that Allah has made the infidels spineless.
SPIEGEL: What will be the upshot of the storm of protests against the cartoons?
Hirsi Ali: We could see the same thing happening that has happened in the Netherlands, where writers, journalists and artists have felt intimidated ever since the van Gogh murder. Everyone is afraid to criticize Islam. Significantly, “Submission” still isn’t being shown in theaters.
The Somali-born Dutch MP who describes herself as a “dissident of Islam” has backed the Danish newspaper that first printed the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali said it was “correct to publish the cartoons” in Jyllands Posten and “right to republish them”.
It´s also a pleasure listening/watching her talk. So calm and confident, with the necessary authority.
sugiero on May 9, 2006 at 10:00 AM
Anyone who’s ever stood up alone to liberal activists in America knows how intimidating it can be, your knees shake, your stomach flips, and you wish you had someone brave enough to join you, to stand with you.
Multiply that feeling, and the real danger, by 10,000 and one might begin to know how these women must feel. Death threats, torture, its real, its happening.
We must stand with these women and let them know we are with them. Buy their books, attend their events, alert your politicians about them, pray for them.
They are showing us how to be brave and we can draw from their strength, lets help them, lets not let them down.
Richard Davis on May 9, 2006 at 10:15 AM
Michelle, you too will be listed among those steel-spined women history remembers with great affection and admiration.
I will tell you the same thing I tell every member of the US armed services I meet: Thank you very much for your service.
techno_barbarian on May 9, 2006 at 10:33 AM
Unbelievable! Thank God (That’s the big Guy! You know, the one up in Heaven!) there are women like these. The men who refuse to speak out should be ashamed, very ashamed. Are they so afraid of women or are they so insecure that they allow this to happen. What about their mothers? Did they just stand-by and watch this happen to them? What a mockery!
Women of America and the free world, beware. The liberals and the women’s movement will condone and make excuses for this type of behavior until, one day you will all be wearing a burka. Remember, it takes just one law! Just a majority vote based on a religious principle and there you go! Second class status or worse! One week a month locked in your home. No driver’s license. No going out unaccompanied. No career. No education. No opinion. And, you’ll deserve it if it happens.
Clearly men will not protect you when the time comes. So stand with these women NOW and make the letters mean something besides the “struggle” allow some to kill unborn children.
Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 9, 2006 at 10:48 AM
This whole thing terrifies me. I can only admire and respect the well of courage it takes to live their lives each day. America isnt perfect but for women it is the best place in the world. There is a reason Salman Rushdie fled here from Britian! I read with disgust about Hirshi Ali’s neighbors not too long ago. It just smacked of Germany and the Jews…where the neighbors turned upon neighbors. Sad and sickening .
labwrs on May 9, 2006 at 11:49 AM
Sorry..one more comment! MICHELLE…THIS is “speaking Truth to Power!” Keep it up and THANK YOU!
labwrs on May 9, 2006 at 11:50 AM
Thanks for spending so much time profiling Ali. I learned much. Hopefully so did the young producers in the tv newsrooms across the country.
realVerse on May 9, 2006 at 11:54 AM
If there is one thing that will be the downfall of Islam, it is that the religion of men is dragging the other half of the population along against its will. It is a medieval folk tale unsuited to modernism.
Crude One on May 9, 2006 at 12:16 PM
I have alot of family in Holland
I would like to mention that Ali’s message is ringing louder and louder amongst Dutch who realize their country is falling apart all around them. As much as the media does cover those who ‘strike blows for tolerance’ and ‘respect the diversity of islam’, the undercurrent of Dutch society is pulling harder and harder towards freedom and away from appeasement. The Dutch have always been a very liberal nation since its creation (they were amongst the first to allow religious tolerance and now) and with their unionized prostitution and the legalization of drugs, its obvious THAT much won’t change. But many Dutch citizens are seeing their own tolerance and liberality turned against them into something far worse. I only hope it happens soon; I don’t know how much longer the nation will hold out.
Other note; My family’s Jewish; they’re moving to the United States because things are getting completely out of hand for Jews in Holland.
Defector01 on May 9, 2006 at 12:29 PM
God bless you Michelle, and keep up the good work.
MasFutbol on May 9, 2006 at 12:58 PM
Half the reason that the Islamic world produces nothing of value to the 21st century despite sitting on the worlds petrodollar jackpot is that 1/2 their population, women, are wasted. Mohammed could have used a good rolling pin upside the head!
Reality Check on May 9, 2006 at 12:58 PM
Reality, had your name been Rush and you had uttered that staement, it would have fallen in the “pearls of wisdom” category. Thank you!
Jimmyboy1 on May 9, 2006 at 1:19 PM
“Half the reason that the Islamic world produces nothing of value to the 21st century despite sitting on the worlds petrodollar jackpot is that 1/2 their population, women, are wasted.”
You’re not wrong, Reality Check. Ralph Peters made that observation back in 1998, as one of his “seven signs of non-competitive states.”
Many women are more practical than men…and some women are tougher than most men. The three Michelle highlighted today are perfect examples of both.
Where are the soi-disant “feminists” of this country? Shouldn’t they be rising up in support of women like this? (sound of crickets chirping)
Erbo on May 9, 2006 at 1:32 PM
Great vent MM. One comment you made was very chilling. “..IF we win this war”. This is so true. With the left gumming up the works in any way it can for the purpose of embarrasing the president, victory is not the forgone conclusion it should be. It is an outrage that the left will comprimise national security for political gain. What they cannot gain at the ballot box, they attempt to achieve by aiding our enemies.
Best Regards, CHOW
chow on May 9, 2006 at 1:37 PM
Great Vent Michelle. I just wanted to mention another woman who stands up and speaks the truth, Brigitte Gabriel.
azdan on May 9, 2006 at 1:41 PM
Excellent! Right on, Michelle!
The plight of these brave women who write, lecture, and sadly are murdered should always be in the forefront on the war against terrorism.
This situation is going to get worse…A FUNERAL PROCESSION WAS ATTACKED…TWICE???!!!!!!
The False Dervish on May 9, 2006 at 1:59 PM
“Michelle, you too will be listed among those steel-spined women history remembers with great affection and admiration.”
– techno_barbarian on May 9, 2006 at 10:33 AM
Exactly “tb” that’s what went through my mind as well.
I just hope we get to make the list. If left to the MSM and other moonbats, they’ll have Hillary as their first choice… you know that genius commodities trader who made 100K in one week, while her husband was out boffing Ms. Flowers. The women of NOW really know how to pick them.
Let’s see what they’re worried about today:
No mention of Ayaan Ali there! Let’s look at this one:
Still nothing… I wonder what’s wrong /s
Bob Mileti on May 9, 2006 at 2:02 PM
The Ugly American on May 9, 2006 at 2:25 PM
The worst thing of all is that there are about half a billion Muslim women, the majority of whom seem to be happy teaching their sons to mistreat women, and their daughters that they deserve it.
The Monster on May 9, 2006 at 2:44 PM
That’s what I was thinking, where is the National Organization for Women. Oh wait, I know, they are busy developing new strategies for killing the inncoent unborn.
NRA4Freedom on May 9, 2006 at 3:25 PM
Your right Michelle, every school girl in the world should know who these women are.
Brian on May 9, 2006 at 3:34 PM
Your best vent yet. I would love to read a book that you wrote about these and other women too. I can’t wait to tell my daughter!
Rich on May 9, 2006 at 4:04 PM
People, I’m reading Oriana Fallaci’s book “The Force of Reason”. Order it and read it right now.
I knew a bit about Eurabia from my travels in the blogosphere, but I had very little idea how bad the situation on that side of the world actually is.
And the raw unblinking history lessons you’ll find exposed in “The Force of Reason” are stunning. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how in the world to effectively combat the rabidly viral spread of islam, and I think I’ve finally figured something out.
Simply put, islam can not stand the bright light of truth shining upon it. Bad for business, that.
There’s a reason islam wants Fallaci arrested and jailed. They want her jailed and silenced because she has the unmitigated gall to speak the truth about islam’s sordid history and the West’s spineless aquiesence to it.
The most powerful tool we have is education and communication. Expose and reveal islam for what it actually is. This is something we all must do.
Please do go buy Oriana’s book and read it. It’s very important. The reason there’s not more outrage in the general public is because the real truth has been skillfully squelched.
techno_barbarian on May 9, 2006 at 4:09 PM
I just finished watching the 11 minute video “Submission.” It’s very powerful. Thank you for the exposure to this amazing woman.
Leiren on May 9, 2006 at 4:53 PM
Ali has more (excuse my lang.) ‘balls’ then most, if not all, of the current MSM’s cadre of ‘heroes’. While asshats like Clooney is talking about how ‘brave’ they are for going with the current popular MSM slant. Ali is literally risking her life and limb to speak the truth each and every day.
And her story is completely and totally ignored by the media which is too busy fawning on the likes of Clooney and Sheehan.
She is a true hero to the rest of us (men (like me) and women and girls and boys alike).
CrazyFool on May 9, 2006 at 5:43 PM
techno_barbarian: You are very right.
Every Westerner should read what Oriana Fallaci has been put on trial for, for she speaks the truth about Islam and the transformation of Europe into Eurabia. I really hope America learns from this as it’s where I’m headed if the situation here in Europe turns very bad. And the signs are sinister to say the least.
America, please learn from the havoc that multiculturalism has wrecked upon Europe.
freya4freedom on May 9, 2006 at 5:46 PM
Your best Vent yet.
I’ve read Oriana Fallaci’s work. She is on trial for speaking plain truth, much of which she supports with examples from her own personal experience. Italy should be ashamed.
EternalHope on May 9, 2006 at 8:42 PM
Another good Vent. Everyday, I enjoy checking out this entertaining and informative web site. I wish you would add some background music to the site, like on Dale JR’s web site.
john on May 9, 2006 at 10:35 PM
If our feminists had half as much sense as Ms. Ali, we wouldn’t need to be reconsidering the 19th amendment like Kay O’Connor wants us to.
sponginghouse on May 9, 2006 at 10:38 PM
I understand why the Jihadists are all from desert countries. Anywhere else, their mothers would simply drown their sons.
Highplains on May 9, 2006 at 10:43 PM
Ayaan Hirsi Ali has my respect, and I praise her for standing against Islam-this takes more courage than many others seem able to muster.
I asked a question on our site recently: Imagine that somehow, today America is under Shariah Law. How has your life changed?
Most of us agreed that we would soon be dead, including a friend who described herself as “an uppity woman”. Praise God for uppity women!
Doug on May 10, 2006 at 8:04 AM
Right on, as usual, Michelle! Good Vent! Just one addition to your list of courageous women in the forefront of the fight…add Brigitte Gabriel, formerly of Lebanon. Also a beautiful woman, not just inside!
foreign_devil on May 10, 2006 at 8:18 AM
How about the bravery of women like Coulter and Malkin? There are many on the Left who want to “mao-mao” what these women are standing up to speak about, and both women have received their share of slurs, threats, etc..
XTeacher on May 15, 2006 at 10:53 AM
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