Such a peaceful religion.

A community debate over religious freedom surfaced in Western Pennsylvania last week when Dutch feminist author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who has lived under the threat of death for denouncing her Muslim upbringing, made an appearance at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali’s appearance.

“She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death,” said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to flee Europe because Islamists had made it unsafe for her to live there. So she came here. And now has to have 24/7 security here, just like she had to have there.

And now she is being threatened openly here, just like she was there.

She came here to be safe from Islamists like ElBayly. If the US isn’t safe for her, it isn’t safe for you or me either.

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