I was fortunate enough to see Ayaan Hirsi Ali interviewed last night on Australian TV just before I fell asleep on the couch. She is the author that I wrote about not so long ago who has written a book called "Nomad" which looks really interesting.
She also helped with a ten minute film called "Submission" which you can watch on youtube, just google it and you will find it. The title to the film is simply the English translation of the word ‘Islam’ which means to submit. The director/writer — Theo Van Gogh – was murdered because of this film. Theo Van Gogh had a note pierced to him with certain Surah’s and a death threat to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
The interview last night was amazing! In that interview she explains that Islamic education has no room for critical thinking and this has startling result for those who are even moderate Muslims. If you have been taught from such a young age that you cannot question Islamic teaching in any way, then this naturally creates fear. But worse than that, it has the potential to create an ideology so strong and powerful that it takes just a small step to become radicalised.
She also explained that multiculturalism is not the answer. In fact she sees that postmodernism, multiculturalism and moral relativism as an evil trinity of sorts that does nothing to advance and glue society together but rather defragments and then marginalises people which then leads to extremism. It’s a difficult puzzled to put together for us in the West, but she does it succinctly and powerfully.
As one person on Amazon writes concerning her book ‘Nomad’…
In it she aims to persuade those of a similar background that the old ways no longer work, that new thinking is needed and that progress necessitates the giving up of some traditions and certainties. Alfred North Whitehead showed why symbolism needs to be constantly adapted and modified by new forms of expression. Old symbols must be remolded in accordance with changes in societal structure. Stagnation leads to regression that brings forth toxic fruits like the tyranny and terror of Jihad. But disruptive inversions like the evil trinity of postmodernism, multiculturalism & moral relativism have the same result. Both extremes lead to human sacrifice.
In an appealing way the reader rediscovers the marvels of America through Ayaan’s eyes. Well, the marvels and the multiculturalists for whom she has little patience. She confronts them and the faux feminists with gusto, exposing their hypocrisy and explaining why the postmodernist dream of a magical "mosaic" of cultures is a dangerous mirage.
Hirsi Ali identifies fear and self-loathing as the perps that repress some westerners’ ability to distinguish the rights & dignity of the individual from a blind embrace of a culture which undermines that dignity and tramples on those rights. Multiculturalism condemns the children of immigrants to a maze devoid of meaning or purpose. Recognizing the hidden sadism behind seemingly sweet expressions of pious concern, she correctly diagnoses the extreme relativism of the pomo-multicult complex as a disguise mechanism for racism.[source]
She also said that when she was a Muslim she agreed with the fatwa against Salmon Rushdie because of her being educated with Islamic teachings which does not allow any room for critical thinking. Hirsi Ali herself, now lives under 24 hour security.
In the last three Chapters and Conclusion Ayaan Hirsi Ali boldly proposes Christian proselytizing as an answer to the worldwide Islamic expansion that is taking place. She herself is a professed atheist, but understands that Muslims (and most people) need a redemptive God and belief in a higher power to provide moral guidance. She propounds an alliance of enlightened secularists with Christians to evangelize Islam, because "The Christianity of love and tolerance remains one of the West’s most powerful antidotes to the Islam of hate and intolerance. Ex-Muslims find Jesus Christ to be more a more attractive and humane figure than Muhammad, the founder of Islam." [source]
Although in the interview she didn’t mention her atheism, I had read about it. The title of her book ‘Nomad’ may well have greater meaning that she realises. Yes, she is wandering around, fleeing from place to place because of her renouncing Islam and speaking out against it. But she may also be fleeing the true freedom found in Jesus. I just pray that she will be found one day. That would be AWESOME!
On a side note something I found regarding Australia and the burqa:
A leading Western Australian Muslim has risked a backlash from his community by calling on the winner of the Federal election to ban the wearing of burqas in public.
Ameer Ali, an economics lecturer at Murdoch University and vice-president of the Regional Islamic Council of South-East Asia and the Pacific, makes the call in an opinion article in The West Australian today.
Dr Ali, describes the burqa and similar robe the niqab as "the lingering relics of a patriarchal, misogynistic and tribal culture" and argues there is no religious obligation in the Koran for it to be worn.
The native Sri Lankan, who arrived in Australia in 1977, argues that the niqab – which covers the entire female body apart from a split gap for the eyes – and the burqa, which has a mesh instead of a gap, not only covers a Muslim woman’s anatomy but also "governs her mindset".
He argues the rise of Islamism, or political Islam, combined with "liberal immigration policies of Western governments", has increased the worldwide spread of the garments, which make it impossible for the wearer to properly interact with others around them. [source]