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When Neo-Cons And Liberals Unite: The Case of Anti-Muslim Crusader Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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By Garibaldi

For far too long Liberal and Neo-Con supporters of Ayaan Hirsi Ali have either ignored, evaded, denied or flat out refused to acknowledge the existence of her hateful beliefs and agenda. One likely reason is that they have spent years promoting Ayaan in every conceivable way and instead of facing the reality of her philosophy, and the implications of her proposed policy solutions to the so-called “Muslim problem,” they have chosen to bury their heads in the sand.

The recent controversy over Brandeis University first awarding and then withdrawing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “honorary degree” has demasked a lot of individuals who proclaim that they are about “equality,” “rationality,” “fairness,” “acceptance,” “freedom,” and against “violence” and “hatred.”

Take prominent Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, who, as RazaInc. brought to our attention, used his perch as a respectable academic to rally support behind Ayaan and vilify Brandeis’ decision:

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Michael Shermer, editor of the Scientific American had the blind audacity to compare Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Martin Luther King, Jr.! Comparing a preacher of non-violent peaceful civil disobedience to an individual who advocates militarily “crushing Islam.” The irony!

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFrF), an avowed secularists/atheists organization that has in the past awarded Ayaan Hirsi Ali its “Emperor has no clothes award,” (looks like FFrF actually has no clothes) came to Ayaan’s defense. FFrF uncritically parroted the lies Ayaan Hirsi Ali has propagated about much of her personal biography and called on its supporters to tell Brandeis to “apologize and re-offer its honorary degree.”

Sectarian New Atheists of all political bents from the libertarian Neo-Con Sam Harris to liberals such as Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher have in the past happily trotted out Ayaan Hirsi Ali as their tokenized anti-Muslim heroine. Of course they weren’t going to allow for any criticism of their pal, and like clockwork they were backing her up:

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So what company do these Atheist academics, institutions, Neo-Cons and Liberals find themselves in? Islamophobes. Such as the banned from the UK Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller and extreme right news outlets like Breitbart (whose journalist Pat Dullard called for “massacring Muslims in the street”), Right-Wing News, Human Events, etc.

For her part, Ayaan Hirsi Ali did not engage the substantive criticism of students, faculty and others who called her out on her anti-Muslim invective. Instead she falsely, and with her characteristic bigotry suggests that Brandeis’ withdrawal was motivated by fear of violence from offended Muslims.

The poverty of mainstream journalism has also been exposed, as most, if not all major newspapers and media outlets continue to falsely describe Ayaan Hirsi Ali as a “critic of Islam.”

Brandeis students nix Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali. What a pity.–Los Angeles Times
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Victim of an honor killing, Brandeis-style–Fox News
Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam–The New York Times
Brandeis withdraws honor to activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a critic of Islam–Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Tablet Gives Moses Award to Ayaan Hirsi Ali–Tablet Magazine (Interestingly as Matt Berkman notes “Your parenthetical claim that you upheld the same principle when Rashid Khalidi and John Judis were disinvited is disingenuous. What you actually did was say that disinviting people is ‘heavy-handed and inelegant,’ and then went on to argue that critics of Israel should not be allowed to speak in Jewish venues to begin with (quote: ‘To argue that only an openness to all points of view is acceptable… is to adhere to the most flightless form of relativism'”))
Brandeis, Unlike Hirsi Ali, Surrendered to Intimidation–National Review Online
Brandeis won’t give honorary degree to Islam critic–Boston Globe
Under fire, Brandeis cancels plan to honor anti-Islam feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali–Christian Science Monitor
Brandeis Scraps Honor for Dutch Anti-Islam Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali–Jewish Daily Forward
Human Rights Activist Slams University’s ‘Deplorable’ Move to Withdraw Honorary Degree Because of Her Critical Comments About Islam–The Blaze
Brandeis Backtracks on Honor for Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Critic of Islam–The Wall Street Journal

Ayaan supporters like Steven Pinker, Michael Shermer, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher, Freedom From Religion Foundation, David Silverman, Atheists of America, mainstream newspapers and media outlets that describe Ayaan as an “Islam critic” and “feminist” need to stop abetting mendacity, be honest and answer the following questions:

Do you believe, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali does, that “we are at war with Islam?

Do you believe, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali does, that “Islam must be crushed,” in “all forms,” including “militarily?”

Do you believe, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali does, that the US Constitution should be changed specifically to discriminate against Muslims, strip them of their civil rights? “Abolish Muslim schools?”

Do you believe, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali does, that the veil should be banned in France and minarets in Switzerland?

Do you believe, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali does, that the “silence of the Left-wing” is responsible for the heinous mass murders by Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik (who thought Ayaan deserved a “Noble Prize”)?

Do you believe, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali does, that Atheists and Christians must get “into the business of conversion?

These are only a few of the questions that supporters of Ayaan must answer or they are complicit in her beliefs and stand accused of their silence being their assent.

The last point I want to revisit is that there is an assumption by Neo-Con and Liberal supporters of Ayaan that she is a “women’s rights” activist and champion. What exactly has she done for women’s rights? Who has she helped?

The truth is that Ayaan actually uses serious issues around injustices in the Muslim world to promote herself (much like Clarion Fund has done with Honor Diaries). Her supporters see a self-affirming image, one that validates their beliefs: atheism, the backwardness, barbarity and danger of Islam and Muslims.

As Muslim/Islam bashers continue to blindly support Ayaan’s hatred, heroic Muslim women and their allies (including, gasp! many Muslim men) continue to challenge the injustices before them in their nations and locales. Whether it is the work of Ifrah Ahmed to end FGMAsma Hanif of Muslimat an Nisa‘s work with homeless and battered women, or organizations like BAOBAB in Nigeria that promote women’s rights within a customary, statutory and religious law paradigm.

Also read:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an Islamophobe who hates all muslims

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Challenge of Progressive Critique

Islamismism: Hirsi, Berman and Ramadan on Islam

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  • Friend of Bosnia

    For me it’s not that ex-Muslims should be killed, I don’t care about what they think (except if it was my own child).
    It’s about treason in times of war. Emir or whatever he calls himself these days certainly qualifies for that. But about his religious beliefs or lack thereof, I couldn’t care less.
    That he made great films has nothing to do with his personal beliefs. Njegos made great poetry yet it can be read as a chronicle of genocide and as an example of it.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    There is Emir Kusturica who is much worse than the others because he does come from a Muslim family and turned against his people in times of war. And he did it for opportunistic reasons too, seeing that he is one of the wealthiest guys in the region, while others who stayed true to their origins have lost all they had.

  • Slog

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali raises awareness of how women are affected by Islam in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as Europe. This is a very serious issue, and her work to raise awareness of honor killings in the Netherlands has arguably saved lives. The fact that she has had to hire bodyguards and live in hiding only improves the credibility of her statements. She’s a hero. Calling her “rabid” or “extreme” doesn’t change that. I don’t think that a person can be too extreme if they are arguing against the mutilation of women and children.

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  • Just_Stopping_By

    Okay, let’s see if we can get some agreement here.

    Can we agree that, as I suggested, anyone who views “crushing [their] perceived enemy military as an overall strategy and [who] will only accept its complete obliteration, which [they] suggest[] could only come about through violence” is someone with whom we should completely disassociate, whether that person is AHA, a radical imam, a radical rabbi, a radical priest, a terrorist or liberation movement, or anyone else?

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    When you quote someone, you should use enough of their words to put the quotation in the context of what you, AND the person you are quoting are trying to convey.

    If you disagree with the person you are quoting, and rebutting what that person is saying, you need to make your disagreement clear…both of these you failed to do
    In other words, your comment does not actually fit in the thread.

    I ask you, please do not use my words to make irrational, pointless statements.

    Thank you.

  • 1DrM

    Yes, it’s apparent to anyone who has studied history that atheism is degenerate and failed Eurocentric materialistic ideology which has caused the deaths of millions around the globe. If you had an education beyond watching fellow misfits on youtube acting out, you wouldn’t be making a ignorant fool out of yourself here. Go smoke weed and leave the discussion to the adults, junior.

  • 1DrM

    Typical atheist trolling with nothing of any intelligence to add. Your filth applies to your idols Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris etc Useless bastards the lot of you.

  • 1DrM

    Good riddance, hit and run sanctimonious atheist prick. Try not to smoke weed before trolling this site.

  • Cengiz_K

    …At least Islam is at war with the west…

    That’s not only nonsense, it’s a blatant lie.. If You look where those terrorists operate, You will get a clue on what their primal occupation is about.. Right or false.. Besides no one really, apart from those who are in it, know what those terrorists are all about.. No one even endorses them.. Other than PKK, ETA, IRA, Tamil Tigers, etc..
    Al-Qaida? What the heck is that?

  • Lynchpin

    Well, I have to be honest and say that last year I was probably one of the people who came here with a strongly negative opinion of the religion. I visited one site in particular which put a particularly negative spin on Islam and Muslims, masquerading its intense bias with facts, figures and links to highly opinionated sites.
    You’re probably aware that I defended that site in an article on here about a year ago under a similar username to what I have now. One by one my objections to Islam are being answered, and I thank you and the other posters here for that.
    About the visitors here – I personally don’t think that many people have a clue about Islam, the only information some receive is the spoonfed misinformation from sites similar to the one I stumbled across. The seeds of doubt are planted into the subconcious – some people see a burqa or niqab and immediately think ‘oppression of women’. News platforms don’t help either – they seem to be quick to highlight the catastrophes, neglecting the non-newsworthy ‘boring’ Muslims who lead hard-working lives like anybody else.
    Of course, it all adds up, resulting in some very opinionated people out there. When they’ve had enough dialogue with like-minded people elsewhere they may choose to fledge their nest and test their arguments against people who actually know a thing or two about the religion. When their arguments quickly get shot down they’ll probably leave, or troll around for a while.
    If I see any of them around I try and remember myself last year, and think what would be the best thing to say to them to make them realise…

  • Lynchpin

    Thanks, much appreciated.
    I’ll give them a read, if I have further questions would it be OK to ask them here? It’s a topic in which I’m interested to know more.

  • Lynchpin

    I’m glad that some of the grievances I previously had with Islam as a religion have been cleared up since I’ve started frequenting this site. Needless to say the misrepresentative sites elsewhere contributed somewhat to my misconceptions.
    Some of the objections remain however – the death penalty for apostasy being one of the major ones – perhaps somebody could clear this up for me? I think it’s 14 or 15 countries that implement the death penalty for apostasy which I struggle to get my head round really.
    As you said if this information is true then it’d hardly be surprising if ex-Muslims felt strongly against a whole religion for which many of its adherents feel they should be killed.
    Again, if I’m shown to be wrong here I’ll gladly concede the point.

  • Tanveer Khan

    No one ever talks about Malcolm X.

  • Sam Spade

    Somalia became independent in 1960. So after 54 years of independence their problems are still because of “colonialism?” And who is responsible for poverty and illiteracy? Do we blame Britain, who handed over the control of Somaliland in 1950 to the UN, which led to independence ten years later, or do we blame failed governments, civil wars and tribalistic, murdering “war lords?” There are different cultural forms of Islam, but this does not make female genital mutilation, stonings and forced marriages any more acceptable.

  • Tarig Musa

    moderators, let his comment through just to highlight his idiocy! Colin, I recommend you read before you comment in the future!

  • George Carty

    Namazie is a bit like Robespierre in my view: “we will force them to be free”…

  • Guest

    I think he means white non-Jewish fascist circles use “Zionist” as a euphemism for “Jew”.

    And while some Zionist factions are fascistic (Kach, Molodet, JDL etc), Zionism is not fascist in toto.

  • George Carty

    Given the widespread belief among Muslims that ex-Muslims should be killed, is it not surprising that ex-Muslims have a vitriolic hatred of their former religion that is not shared by former adherents of other religions?

  • 1DrM

    A discerning Muslim who doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

  • Lithium2006

    First, show me anything that shows loonwatch is anywhere near as putrid and vile as the Islamophobic websites it monitors. Second, stop with this false equivalency. Islamophobes have been preaching for the mass eradication of Islam and Muslims for sometime, Ayaan not being the exception. I have been following her for sometime to rightfully conclude that she is exactly the genocidal bigoted opportunist that loonwatch has exposed her for. Don’t try to act like you haven’t chosen a side, we all already the ideology you align yourself with so please stop trying to insult our intelligence.

  • 1DrM

    Not on someone else’s land, and that benign definition cannot changed the reality that Zionism is a European colonial settler movement rooted in Fascism and Nazism.
    Not at all surprised to see you supporting this terrorist ideology, Hindu fanatic.

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