Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hirsi Ali and Leftist stereotypes

Here is another of those "must read" articles: "Ayaan Hirsi Ali Upends Leftist Stereotypes in Santa Monica."This one is about Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali Muslim-turned-atheist immigrant to the United States. It describes a talk she gave at a book signing before a liberal audience in California. Here is an excerpt:
She deftly fielded a question about the “perversion” of Islam by fanatics by proclaiming that she was more concerned about the perversion of the word “liberalism,” because of the willingness of many Western liberals to accept and excuse some of the most heinous criminal acts committed by practitioners of the Muslim faith, like arranged marriages, spousal abuse, subjugation of women by force, denial of education to females, and female genital mutilation in the name of multiculturalism and a so-called “respect” for other civilizations. American liberals, she said, appear to be more uncomfortable condemning the ill treatment of women under Islam than most conservatives are. This led her into a repudiation of multiculturalism, and how, despite some honorable intentions in its origins, it had mutated into a belief system that actually denies access to the freedom and justice guaranteed by the American Constitution by allowing injustice to continue within protected minority communities by not encouraging them to assimilate and become full Americans.

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