“Elevating cultures of bigotry and hatred toward women as respectable alternative lifestyles.”


ROME - MAY 28:  Somalian author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former member of the Dutch parliament, attends the 7th edition of the Festival of Literature at Literature House on May 28, 2008 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

“in Saudi arabia every step we took was infused with concepts of purity and sinning and with fear.  Wishful thinking about peaceful tolerance of Islam cannot interpret away this reality.”

“We in the west would be wrong to prolong the pain of that transition…”

“…by elevating cultures full of bigotry and hatred toward women to the stature of respectable alternative ways of life.”

“People accuse me of interiorizing feelings of racial inferiority…”

“This is a tiresome argument.  …is freedom only for white people?  Is it self love to adhere to my ancestors traditions and mutilate my daughters?  To agree to be humiliated and powerless?  To watch passively as my countrymen abuse women… When… I saw for the first time that human relations could be different, would it have been self-love to see that as a foreign cult which muslims are forbidden to practice?”

Millions of women are forced into marriage…

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