Today marks the release of Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s latest book Heretic:
On ______, a group of ______ heavily armed, black-clad men burst into a ______ in ______, opening fire and killing a total of ______ people. The attackers were filmed shouting “Allahu akbar!”
Indeed, I could have written a similar sentence about any number of events, from Ottawa, Canada, to Sydney, Australia, to Baga, Nigeria. So instead I decided to leave the place blank and the number of killers and victims blank, too. You, the reader, can simply fill them in with the latest case that happens to be in the news.
Let me make my point in the simplest possible terms: Islam is not a religion of peace. For expressing the idea that Islamic violence is rooted not in social, economic, or political conditions — or even in theological error — but rather in the foundational texts of Islam itself, I have been denounced as a bigot and an “Islamophobe.” I have been silenced, shunned, and shamed. In effect, I have been deemed to be a heretic, not just by Muslims — for whom I am already an apostate — but by some Western liberals as well, whose multicultural sensibilities are offended by such “insensitive” pronouncements.
It’s hard to believe she could be even more critical of Islam following her previous books Infidel and Nomad, but this book takes a less personal approach than those. It’s a former Muslim speaking out against the worst practices of the faith and the extremists who take their holy book all too literally.
She’ll no doubt be criticized by those who want to pretend like Islam is incidental in all these terrorist attacks, who think all religions are equal and that the statements of the terrorists are just a front for their real motives.
How many of them will confront the issues she raises in the book rather than just dismiss her for “hate speech”? We’ll find out very soon.
Let’s hope this book spurs a real discussion on the problems within Islam and those who use the Qur’an to justify their vile actions.
And, in case you missed it, she had a really interesting interview on Fox News Channel (!) last night with Megyn Kelly: