Help Ayaan Hirsi Ali November 18, 2007

Help Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Sam Harris has a secure donation page on his site to help obtain security for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Infidel:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the most prominent advocate of free speech and women’s rights in the Muslim world, and for this she must live under perpetual armed guard, even in the West. Unfortunately, on October 1st of this year, the Dutch government officially rescinded its promise to protect her. Now, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s friends, colleagues and admirers must come to her aid.

I have created a page on my website that links directly to the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust. The money raised by this trust will pay Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s security expenses. In the event that money remains after these costs have been met, it will be used to encourage and protect other dissidents in the Muslim world.

The ongoing protection of Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a moral obligation. It is also a strategic one: for here is a woman doing work that most of us cannot do–indeed, would be terrified to do if given the chance–and yet this work is essential for preserving the freedoms we take for granted in the West.

If every reader of this email simply pledged ten dollars a month to protect Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the costs of her security would be covered for as long as the threat to her life remains.

Thanks in advance for your support.


Sam Harris

Please help if you have the capability.

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  • Kevin Malone

    I haven’t donated yet (I shall in the near future), but I have purchased “Infidel”, one of her books.

  • cg

    I’m almost through with the book, Infidel, and wow. Just, wow. What an extraordinary woman. Definitely worth a donation.

  • E favorite

    Sorry, but this sounds fishy. it’s my understanding that the Dutch government is simply limiting its protection of her to Holland, not rescinding it completely, and there’s nothing in Harris’ plea to suggest otherwise.

    Considering all the people suffering in the world, it doesn’t seem like much to ask her to stay in Holland. Also, it seems like a wiser course would be to pressure the US or Dutch government or the UN to protect her, instead of making her the object of charity from individuals.

  • Jade W.

    Truly an amazing woman. My mother fights for abused women here within the U.S. since she has experienced that suffering all while I grew up. I hope Ayaan’s fight carries on and other women join! My God did not show me the way to hate or judge, but to show this world love.

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