Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islam 'not a religion of peace,' but could become one

She went on to separate Muslims into three categories: jihadists, a moderate majority and reformers. Hirsi Ali said she had been a member of each group at some point in her life, and that “if there was an Islamic State when I was 15, 16, I probably would have joined it.”

She claimed that Islam is not peaceful, yet she described the majority of Muslims as observers who aren’t radical and who are being pulled in two directions — either by the jihadists or the reformers (also called “heretics,” according to Hirsi Ali).

But her speech on Friday was actually somewhat subdued from her usual style. Last November Hirsi Ali described modern feminism as being too focused on “trivial bull—-.” This time, however, she avoided such inflammatory remarks.