When a Somali woman worked together with a Dutch director, she became internationally known. More so than that, she became the target for radical muslims who wanted her and the Dutch director killed. So far, she continues her fight against radical Islam and Sharia law. The Dutch director however, became a victim¹. [Addition]
In the years since then, Ayaan Hirsi Ali¹ has been continually threatened, herself not feeling safe since 2002¹ and surrounded by ever present armed-guards. She has been critical of Islam and its inability to reform, and has traveled the world giving speeches about her experiences living under Sharia and the issues faced by communities within Islamic societies (particularly the abuse of women¹ and homosexuals).
Recently, Ali was due to speak in Australia, but had to cancel the tour due to lapses in security from organizers. Her appearance was protested by “prominent muslim women¹” along with a petition which gathered only 400 signatures¹, claiming that Ali brought nothing but racism and ‘hate speech¹‘ in her talks about Islam. Words spoken by Islamic women who live in a Western society which is not under the control of Sharia law.
Despite these groups speaking out about Ali due to her criticism of Islam¹, not many seem to be speaking out against the death threats which she regularly receives. Feminists are also quick to join the fight against Ali, spurred on by women such as Linda Sarsour, a pro-Sharia activist in the US who has previously expressed a desire to “take their [Ali and a female anti-Islam activist] vaginas away“.
Some are now gloating at Ali’s choice to not come, including apologists who concede that Islam has issues¹ but display Ali as the greater ‘evil’. The greater issue of all in this, is that Islam is being more and more pushed as an ideology that is and should be beyond reproach. Even with small concessions, the larger message in the West is becoming ‘criticism of Islam is racist¹‘. In some circumstances, it’s also been seen as a provocation¹ for violence and attacks, more concerned about ‘offense’ than free speech¹ (and silent about criticism and persecution¹ of other faiths).
The worry pattern is that all dissent is to be shut down, regardless of how sincere, informed or direct it may be. A stepping stone to the same fascism which so many who eagerly cry ‘racism’ proclaim themselves to be so fervently against. [A similar drive for censorship took place when feminists¹ in Australia petitioned against a documentary “The Red Pill¹” which put a positive light on the men’s rights movement. The film was petitioned against without being seen¹].
The issue is common, the cause largely the same. It is not simply a fight against Ali and her “bigotry” (or somehow, despite being a black Somali woman, also a white supremacist¹), it’s against what used to called “useful idiots”. People who will support an ideology and fight its opponents despite only being told what the ideology is and not living under it themselves.
Perhaps one day, ‘activists’ will start listening to opponents and instead of dismissing them and calling them names, actively look for the answers themselves. And look further than their own circles, or the word of one obliged to use the tactics of kitman or taqiyya.