Ayaan Hirsi Ali becomes US Citizen 4-25-13
John R. Houk
© April 12, 2014
Posted by National Review
Published: Apr 10, 2014
Fox News Article in relation to video: Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks out on Brandeis decision to withdraw degree 4/9/14
Megyn Kelly has been taking on CAIR quite valiantly over the “Honor Diaries” documentary. Probably Fox News is the only news network willing to expose CAIR there is a chance you don’t know what I am talking about when I say such a thing as CAIR condemns the documentary the “Honor Diaries” and condemns Megyn Kelly for exposing the Islamic misogynism of the Muslim-American organization with ties to the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas and to the radical Muslim transnational organization the Muslim Brotherhood.
Whenever anyone criticizes Islam no matter how valid the criticism, CAIR (and all the Muslim Brotherhood/radical Islamic American affiliates) utilize the guilt trip Islamophobic racist canard against the legitimate critics. CAIR is brilliant in using combinations PC accusative racism and Legal Jihad to get companies, government agencies, schools AND universities to cave to the Islamic Supremacist will of the American-Islamic organization.
In the war of words being exchanged between CAIR and Megyn Kelly, Ayaan Hirsi Ali the recent object of CAIR venom was interviewed on the Kelly File. Brandeis University recently withdraw the offer of an honorary degree and a commencement speech from Hirsi Ali because CAIR contacted the University and expressed dismay the school was honoring her. The reason: CAIR pulled the Islamophobe-racist card from its hat of tricks to label Hirsi Ali a Muslim hater.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali does have good reason to hate Islam as a religion. Her childhood through adult experiences at the hands of Islam is extremely nefarious. HOWEVER, when an organization like CAIR publically labels a person an Islamophobe hater they are drawing the general equivalence in the American minds to the racism against Black Americans such as Ku Klux Klan agitated violence. Hirsi Ali is NOT agitating for some kind of Islamic-style of relegating humans to second class oppressed citizenship and she is definitely NOT advocating the ethnic cleansing of Muslims as Hitler attempted and as the prophet Mohammed did do in the Arabian Peninsula in his lifetime of pillaging, enslaving, raping and forced conversions or die.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is exposing the theological ideology of Islam which suppresses human rights toward non-Muslims, extreme punishment for Muslims breaking Sharia and the general abuse of females from childhood toward adulthood. This is not an expression of hate but of warning of what to expect in a Muslim dominated society. In Hirsi Ali’s case it is a warning based largely on her personal experience growing up as a Muslim in Somalia and the continued Muslim hate expressed toward her for abandoning Islam and telling people why.
ACT for America sent out an email that enables you to voice your support for Hirsi Ali and to inform Brandeis University they and CAIR are the true culprits for vilifying one who speaks the truth about Islam. I am posting that email so you can be an activist against this travesty perpetuated by CAIR and joined by Brandeis University. Then below the ACT for America email I am going to piece together a biography about Hirsi Ali which runs truly as an exposé of Islam’s true nature.
VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO BRANDEIS’ SHAMEFUL ACT!
Sent by ACT for America
Sent: 4/11/2014 12:52 PM
“TO BECOME AMERICAN IS TO ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN HAVE A ROBUST DEBATE AND THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO DO THAT THAN ON UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES.”
– Ayaan Hirsi Ali
This week, Brandeis University disappointingly reversed its decision to grant an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim and vocal critic of Islamism and a longtime women’s rights activist. This brave woman has labored tirelessly in defense of the rights of women and girls worldwide – usually at great risk to her own personal safety.
While the entirety of her public comments has always been readily accessible and she, no doubt, had been vetted by the university as had all other honorees, a few recent actions caused Brandeis to reverse itself: a student involved in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on the campus started a petition on Change.org; a faculty letter opposed to Ms. Hirsi Ali was circulated; and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) began to pressure the university.
(Click HERE to watch Fox News’ Megyn Kelly go toe-to-toe with CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper.)
Brandeis, in a released public statement, said they feel that Ms. Hirsi Ali is a
“compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights” and that they “respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world,” however, they “cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”
What exactly are Brandeis’s “core values?”
They certainly are not the same core values of the man for which the university is named, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, Louis Brandeis, who coined the phrase, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” and who was a staunch proponent of the “frank expression of conflicting opinions” as “the greatest promise of wisdom…”
Brandeis University’s recent actions with regard to Ms. Hirsi Ali are shameful. They not only go against free speech protections afforded by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but they also send a clear message to persecuted and mistreated women and girls all across the world: Your suffering is not worth fighting for, nor is it worth discussing. This message empowers the men that mutilate and mistreat women, and the culture that condones it.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was right on the mark when she recently noted, “there’s always this fear that if you insult Muslims, there’s going to be some kind of violent repercussion,” adding that Brandeis is “not doing their students any favors, and they’re not doing their Muslim students any favors.”
Over the years, Ms. Hirsi Ali has received numerous death threats for her activism. It is unfortunate that, though those threats have not stifled her voice in defense of freedom and women’s rights, political correctness in the U.S. has managed to do so.
This is a time for Americans to speak up.
Our collective voice of 280,000 can make a difference in this matter. Can we count on your help today with the simple but very important Action Item noted below?
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Editor JRH: Here is an excerpt of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s early experience as a Muslim. The context of bio though is to try to be understanding of Hirsi Ali’s displeasure with Islam but criticizes here methods of exposing Islam using Left Wing apologist line that there is a difference between Moderate Islam and Radical Islam. I’ll provide the link so you can read the whole thing but I am just sharing the biographical portion.
… A major factor contributing to her notoriety is the uncompromising and seemingly fearless manner in which she speaks her mind, evoking a wide range of reactions: from adulation to loathing among her non-Muslim readers and mostly resentment and anger among Muslims.
One of the more unusual aspects of her career, described in detail in Infidel, has been its political side, which in the highly charged atmosphere of the early twenty-first century has perhaps inevitably had strong overtones reaching well beyond her personal life. …
CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1969 as Ayaan Hirsi Magan. Her father, Western-educated Hirsi Magan Isse, a leader of his tribe and of the opposition Salvation Democratic Front, was imprisoned when she was two-years-old. Against her mother’s wishes he insisted that their daughters receive an education. He was also adamantly opposed to female genital mutilation, a tribal practice common in sub-Saharan Africa, but while he was in prison her grandmother had the extremely traumatic procedure performed on five-year-old Ayaan and her younger sister Haweya.
A year later her father escaped from prison, and her extended family began a series of moves: to Saudi Arabia (three years), Ethiopia (about a year), and Kenya (twelve years, with an interlude of several months in Somalia). Her father lived with the family at the beginning and the end of this period, but much of the time he was away.
Throughout most of this exile Hirsi Ali experienced the strict Saudi form of Islam. She and her sister attended girls’ schools. She also studied the Quran under male tutors at home or in outside classes. One tutor was sent away when she and her sister refused to give the book their attention, but he later returned and attacked her, beating her and hitting her head against a wall, causing a skull fracture that she believes nearly killed her.
Much later Hirsi Ali fell in with a youth group espousing the views of Egyptian writers Hasan al-Banna (founder of the Muslim Brotherhood) and Sayyid Qutb (now often called the father of radical Islam). She was inspired and enthralled with their ideas about “true Islam.” From the beginning, however, she experienced doubts, especially when the subject was the different roles of men and women. She began to find the rhetoric predictable and less inspiring, and the teachings inconsistent. Still, at nineteen she strongly approved of Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa of February 14, 1989, against Salman Rushdie, thinking that if he had insulted the Prophet he deserved to die.
All along, her adolescence was further complicated by a series of threatening attractions to males–her brother’s friends and her religious teachers and group leaders. She was especially disturbed when one of these wanted to kiss her while at the same time publicly preaching abstinence. She rejected another promising suitor when he turned out to be an atheist.
NEW HOME IN THE NETHERLANDS
In 1992 Hirsi Ali’s father promised her in marriage to a distant relative living in Canada. She was to go from Kenya to Canada via Germany, where she would visit relatives. At first she reluctantly went along. But while in Germany on July 24, she escaped the arranged marriage on an impulse by taking a train to the Netherlands, doing so under the ruse of visiting another relative. She sought and was granted political asylum there and received a residence permit. To keep her family from finding her, she gave the surname by which she is now known: Hirsi Ali.
But because forced marriage was insufficient grounds for refugee status in the Netherlands, she also claimed she had fled persecution in Somalia. The false information she gave on both these counts would later haunt her, though she confided the facts to those who knew her.
Hirsi Ali held various low-level jobs while learning Dutch and studying social work, skills she later used as an independent Somali-Dutch interpreter/translator for a variety of social agencies, including the National Migration Service. Working in this capacity from 1995 to 2001, she was horrified to learn, repeatedly, that Somali cultural practices like wife beating, female genital mutilation, and honor killings existed in the Netherlands.
In September 2000 she earned a master’s degree in political science from the distinguished University of Leiden. For the next several months she tried several different jobs without much satisfaction. Then in June 2001 Hirsi Ali was “thrilled” to be offered a job as a fellow at the Wiardi Beckman Foundation, the think tank of the Dutch Labor (social democratic) Party. Her first assignment was to investigate why many Muslim immigrants failed to be integrated into Dutch society and the threat this posed to the country’s welfare state.
Hirsi Ali was just eight days into her job with the foundation when the events of September 11, 2001, unfolded. She and her colleagues gathered in horror around a television to watch coverage of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. After seeing Muslim children on television celebrating the tragedy, and checking Osama bin Laden’s justification of those attacks with citations of verses from the Quran and sayings of Muhammad, she became convinced that bin Laden’s claims were true. That is, she began to believe that Islam itself was responsible for those attacks. Moreover, the complacent response of the Dutch and their misunderstanding of Islam profoundly disturbed her.
During the following period of transition and introspection, Hirsi Ali’s research with the foundation began to convince her that Dutch multiculturalism, which created separate “pillars” or immigrant communities organized by culture or religion, made immigrants feel like members of a separate group rather than citizens of the nation. It became clear to her that this system let Muslim immigrants practice Muslim traditions–even some that contradicted Dutch law, in a way that most Dutch citizens would never tolerate among themselves. In short, the cultural relativists were endangering their own societies while Muslims, especially Muslim women, became victims of their own cultures.
During that year Hirsi Ali began to accept every opportunity to express her opinions in articles and on television. What she had to say about Islam and its treatment of women and about multiculturalism as practiced in Dutch society gained her the approval and admiration of some and the hatred of others. A few in the latter group made threats against her, requiring her to avoid being seen publicly and to travel with bodyguards.
In 2002 she read The Atheist Manifesto by Leiden philosopher Herman Philipse, given to her years before by her Dutch boyfriend. It deeply influenced her, giving her strength not only to denounce Islam but to acknowledge her disbelief in God.
Later that year Hirsi Ali switched from the Labor Party to the more conservative VVD Party (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, also known as the Liberal Party), and was persuaded to run for Parliament on the VVD ticket. The VVD’s primary mission is to staunchly defend the free market, advocating minimal government regulation. It views the government’s chief function as providing security. Its focus was made clear to her early on when an elder of the party quizzed her: “Why do you want to be with us? We’re entrepreneurs. What do you know about business?” She was ready for him, giving a long answer culminating in the sentence, “The oppression of women in Holland is against the philosophy of your party.” Accepted by the VVD, she won her seat. [Editor JRH: Bold emphasis mine – made to highlight a move that American Conservatives would concur.]
Hirsi Ali entered the lower house of the Dutch parliament on January 30, 2003. After this she became even more publicly critical of Islam and Islamic culture. In the process of leaving the faith she had come to regard Islam as a monolith–to think of it as unchanged since the time of the Prophet Mohammed… Finally, she had come to believe that wherever Islam is practiced it should be held responsible for any mistreatment of women.
The next three-and-a-half years were filled with a series of marked highs and lows. During 2004 she saw the publication in Dutch of her collected essays, lectures, and autobiographical accounts of her experiences as a translator, in which she forcefully expounded her militant atheism and her criticisms of the position of women in Islam. She also collaborated with well-known Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh on a short film she had written called Submission (the translation of the word “Islam”). In it, Quranic verses they saw as especially oppressive to women were written on the bodies of women wearing transparent clothing. As expected, the film, broadcast on Dutch television on August 29, 2004, infuriated the Muslim population and both filmmakers were threatened with death.
She had by now already been under the protection of bodyguards for two years, but van Gogh refused any protection. On November 2, 2004, in broad daylight, he was brutally murdered on an Amsterdam street. He was shot and stabbed, the knife left pinning a letter to his chest addressed to Hirsi Ali, threatening her and all other nonbelievers. She immediately went into hiding. The murderer was later apprehended and turned out to be a Moroccan Muslim immigrant. The death of van Gogh led Hirsi Ali into prolonged self-recrimination and perpetual fear for her life.
Still, during this same period she was honored by a long string of awards. One, in particular, on April 18, 2005, was her inclusion in Time magazine’s list of the year’s 100 most influential people in the world. The category was “Leaders and Revolutionaries,” and her profile was written by Irshad Manji. Seemingly undaunted, she prepared an English translation of her 2004 book, entitled The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam (2006).
She also came under close scrutiny by the Dutch government, ostensibly because of the false statements she had made when she first arrived. Thus on May 16, 2006, her Dutch citizenship was revoked and she resigned from Parliament. But a month later, after a fierce debate in Parliament, her citizenship was reinstated. She decided to retain it, and on the same day accepted an invitation from Christopher DeMuth, president of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, to become a research fellow there, beginning in September. She moved to the United States along with a team of bodyguards assigned to her by the Dutch government.
… But her stay in the United States was abruptly cut short when the Dutch government announced that it would no longer be responsible for her security if she remained here. On October 1, 2007, Hirsi Ali returned to the Netherlands. It seemed to be the government’s intention for her to live there indefinitely under guard in a secret location, but she evidently thought otherwise, fighting publicly for the matter to be resolved to her satisfaction. Clearly she would be satisfied only with full government financing of her security together with complete freedom of her speech and mobility. As recently as November 21 [i.e. 2007], the outcome remained uncertain.
… (Absolute Infidel: The Evolution of Ayaan Hirsi Ali; By DAVID SCHAFER AND MICHELLE KOTH; The Humanist; 12/22/07)
Niall Ferguson, the television historian, has married Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the target of Muslim extremists, in an American ceremony attended by Henry Kissinger. (Henry Kissinger watches historian Niall Ferguson marry Ayaan Hirsi Ali under a fatwa; By Richard Eden; The Telegraph; 9/18/11 7:26AM BST)
CAIR and Brandeis U, the True Haters
John R. Houk
© April 12, 2014
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