February 10, 2006

SPIEGEL Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali


SPIEGEL Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Everyone Is Afraid to Criticize Islam' - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Here is an interesting interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali in which she addressed the cartoon incident. I love the idea that European countries (and I'd add America too) should stop apologizing for circulating the cartoons and make sure they are displayed everywhere. If you haven't had the chance to see them yet, here they are.

"The doctrine stating that the faith is inalterable because the Koran was dictated by God must be replaced. Muslims must realize that it was human beings who wrote the holy scriptures."

I'd take this a step further and add that just because someone criticizes your superstitious beliefs does not make it okay for you to harm them. As I've said repeatedly on this blog, believing something does not make it true. Elevating one's preferences to the level of demands is the definition of irrationality. If these demands are then imposed on others through violence, we go from irrationality to the most vile form of brutality, that which occurs in the name of religion. Time for all countries which are not Islamic theocracies to offer a unified front of opposition.

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