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Religion of Peace? Not So Peaceful When it Comes to Women

August 10, 2008

I ranted about Ayaan Hirsi Ali elsewhere last year, when she first fled to America and was threatened immediately upon her arrival. I was reminded of it when I read this article, which discusses Ms. Ali’s current petition before a court in The Hague. Funny, but I haven’t heard anything about it on any of the news channels. I guess dog and pony shows in Congress, the smog in China and someone named Favre are far more important.

“A court in The Hague has granted a request by former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali for witnesses to be heard in support of her claim that the Dutch state is responsible for paying for her security in the US.

The Netherlands stopped paying for Hirsi Ali’s bodyguards last year when she moved to the US permanently. Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of Islam, now works for a conservative US think-tank……

The preliminary hearing, which could result in a full court case in which Hirsi Ali challenges the Dutch state to continue to pay for her security in the US, is expected to be held in on two consecutive days in the autumn”

That’s right. She needs SECURITY here in the US. No longer can we remain apathetic, fooled into a false sense of security by our errant belief that such things can only possibly happen in far off places. It is here now; at home in the US. As it has been in the UK and Europe for quite some time. Will we not learn from their mistakes?

Last year, when Ms. Ali arrived in the United States, she was scheduled to speak in Western Pennsylvania. Should have been no problem, right? Guess again:

“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.”

Why the controversy over her speaking engagement? Ms. Ali, the author of Infidel, came here to America after she had to flee the Netherlands under threats of death by radical Islamists. The reason? She spoke. She spoke about the atrocities committed against women under fanatical Islamic faith. She spoke out against the physical mutilation of women by radical Muslims. She renounced the faith. For that, she lived in constant fear for her life.

She came here, to America, believing she would be safe. She is now under 24/7 security. Yes, in America. The supposed Land of the Free where Freedom of Speech is an unalienable right. Apparently not, however, if you choose to say anything against radical Islam.

Where are the Feminists now? Why are they not holding rallies or at the very least speaking out against the Islamists who want to KILL Ms. Ali for the crime of speaking her mind? Last year, at the very same time as ElBayly was pronouncing that Ms. Ali should be sentenced to death, the Feminists were far too busy crying that the Supreme Court had just upheld a partial birth abortion ban. Justice Ginsburg dissented in that case and called the majority opinion “alarming” and accused the 5 man majority of sexism and paternalism. Barbara Boxer immediately set about decrying the decision as a danger to women. Well, Justice Ginsburg, I believe KILLING women for SPEAKING is a tad more alarming, sexist and paternalistic, don’t you? Ms. Boxer, genital mutilation and death threats are a real danger, no? Does THAT not bother you?

In fact, when I started reading about Ms. Ali last year, the first American article I could find on her was a New Yorker magazine interview wherein the interviewer made snide comments about Ms. Ali’s “conservative” ties in Washington and ended with a jibe at President Bush. Yes, that’s right. The article was more concerned with trying to pin a political agenda on Ms. Ali than with the atrocities she suffered as a child under Islamic rule or the very real death threats she’s been receiving for years. It hasn’t changed since then; now every article makes mention of her working for a “conservative think tank” in Washington D.C. They ALWAYS quantify it with “conservative”. She actually works for the American Enterprise Institute, which I find to be more Libertarian leaning than anything else.

The left accuses President Bush on an almost daily basis of fear mongering. They claim he uses fear to influence us poor, stupid, gullible Americans. It is not President Bush that uses fear, but rather radical Islamists. The left falls for the very same tactic they accuse President Bush of using. Why else would they not speak out against the vile practices against Women? And children? And any and all “infidels”? Is it that they are afraid? Perhaps they are afraid of what radical Islamists would do if anyone dared speak out against them? They see what happened when the Danish cartoons of Mohammed appeared in print, for example. They use the guise of political correctness to cover up the simple fact that they are cowering. They’ve stopped teaching about the Holocaust and the Crusades in some schools waving the banner of “too controversial; it might offend some students”. Since when is the Holocaust controversial? We now must teach our children based on a madman’s beliefs? So as not to “offend”? In a way, I actually hope it is fear and not just idiocy or pandering to a potential “ethnic group” voting bloc.

It is time WE, the people, demand an end to the fear. Why are we allowing it? Because it doesn’t affect us personally? That is where we are wrong. It does affect us all. And will affect us in ways we can’t even fathom if we let it continue. Ms. Ali is not safe here…… in what I truly thought was the last bastion of freedom and liberty. Call me a sentimental sap, but I love my Country; The shining city on a hill about which John Winthrop wrote on his voyage here, looking for a land that would be free. Ronald Reagan spoke about that shining city. He said:

“after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.”

Does that mean anything any longer? Will we let fear and false claims of tolerance destroy that shining city of freedom? I sincerely hope that we won’t.

Ms. Ali gives us fair warning here and in her book, Infidel. I have to believe we will listen to Ms. Ali, and others, and heed their warnings. I am sad to say that I am not certain that we will.

Why so serious? Because some things just are.

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