The Words "Extreme" and "Radical" Are a Self-Delusion, Part of a Precious and Comfortable Narrative


The following is an excerpt from an article about Ayaan Hirsi Ali in The Observer:

With an estimated 140 million girls and women throughout the world subjected to genital mutilation, with thousands murdered each year in so-called "honor killings" and untold millions forced to marry against their will, one would suppose that Ms. Hirsi Ali — the world’s preeminent critic of these practices and advocate on behalf of their victims — would be universally hailed by those who style themselves as progressives. Since Ms. Hirsi Ali’s advocacy for women has meant that she has lived under death threats for over a decade, one would be the more justified in imagining that she would be regarded as a hero by progressives everywhere. But despite a body of work as a parliamentarian, a writer and as head of a foundation that is devoted to the protection of women and has earned her recognition by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most important people on the planet, Ms. Hirsi Ali finds herself the object of vitriol by some on the left, who cannot bear her for this reason: She is critical of Islam and what she sees in the Muslim world as not only an indulgence in violence but a practice of justifying it. Ms. Hirsi Ali says unapologetically that in Islam there exists a "culture of misogyny [that] needs to be addressed quickly and frankly, and we must not censor ourselves."

But as Ms. Hirsi Ali works to combat those challenges, she finds herself battling the stubborn, unrelenting forces that would have her censored. The efforts to tar her with the tried-and-true epithet of “Islamophobic” come both from powerful Muslim enterprises that would like to squash her like a bug and some on the left, for whom a narrative of the Muslim world as victims and the West as victimizers is precious and comfortable. They regard Ms. Hirsi Ali as trouble. She is, after all, a Muslim-born woman who personally experienced the very abuse that she criticizes. The 46-year-old is also a superb writer, a winning speaker, inarguably courageous and telegenic to boot. She is an atheist as well. For those who wish to suppress criticism of the plight of women under Islam, she is, in short, a disaster.

Ms. Hirsi Ali warns against use of the words “extreme” and “radical” to describe as peripheral an ideology which, she argues, is in fact quite prevalent in Muslim communities around the globe, and which leads easily to violence — whether in the form of female genital mutilation or honor killings or wife-beating or suicide bombings. She views the reliance on those words as self-delusion, a soothing, self-administered palliative whose effect is to mask evidence that violence is the largely natural extension of fundamentalist values sternly dictated and widely embraced in Muslim communities — values that encourage harsh treatment of women and strict, even brutal, punishment of non-believers. Her warnings, and those of others who risk their reputations and lives to criticize Islamic institutions, are distinctly unwelcome in many Western quarters, where they are regarded as grievously politically incorrect, and where the “few-bad-apples” narrative of Islamic extremism is vastly preferred.


Walter Sieruk 10:13 AM  

The above article mentions the heartless, brutal,callous and cruel Islamic tradition that is called "honor killing." In reality the Muslim males who engage in the hideous murderous custom are showing by their wicked and murdering actions that they really have no real honer at all. Such male Muslims are exposing their own malicious and demonic spirit. This gets so extreme and unfair that in many Islamic countries if a girl or women is raped, she and not the rapist is punished. Sometimes by the Muslim authorities in powers in the Islamic government. Something by the father of brother by an "honor killing." How outrageous unfair vicious and absurd. How unjust, how wicked to blame and punish the victim and not rapist. This is an affront to all that is good and right. Furthermore, the Bible teaches in Proverbs 17:15. "The Lord hates two things, punishing the guilty and letting the guilty go free." [E.R.V.]

Walter Sieruk 10:38 AM  

As for the murderous practice that is so inappropriately called "honor killing." This brutal and malice-filled custom reflects the terrible and vicious spirit of misogyny that is so ,very much, part of the essence of Islam. As Brigitte Gabriel had explained in her book which is entitled THEY MUST BE STOPPED. Her book informs its readers that "Women in Islam are considered unclean ,deemed inferior even to dirt." Furthermore in her same book she also exposes that "Honor killings are executed by slitting the victims throat, hatching them, stabbing , burning them to death, decapitation, bullets to the head and chest, or by any other means imaginable." The other bad news about this hideous evil of "honor killing is like a plague it has spread from the Middle East and Indonesia to Western nations. For that same book exposes that "honor killing have also come to the West thanks to the rise of Islamic immigration."
The site of Brigitte Gabriel is

Walter Sieruk 11:00 AM  

Not only does this above article mention the heinously evil Islamic custom of "honor killing " but it also mentions the wicked and deluded action of madness of suicide bombing. Otherwise known as suicide/homicide attacks. Furthermore,what was predicted in the first century AD in the New Testament of the Bible had been fulfilled in the seventh century with Islam. Its false promise of a paradise with many virgins for the jihadist who dis fighting for the cause of Islam. To put it more precisely this cleverly devised story of the virgins in a paradise taught by the imams was predicted in 2 Timothy 4: 3, 4. which reads “For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate {endure} sound and wholesome instruction, but having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, and will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man - made fictions.” Furthermore, the man who presented the book into the world that teaches the lie of the mansions with 72 virgins is in reality just one of the “many false prophets [that] have gone forth in the world.” 1 John 4:1. And also has its own false message, false angle and is accursed by God. – Galatians 1 : 6 – 9.



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