Monday, October 16, 2006

Ayaan Hirsi Ali's My Freedom

Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice reviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali's new book. It is an autobiography entitled My Freedom; well, that's the translation from the Dutch in the absence of the English edition. Those familiar with her story will not find much here that is new, but the post is worth a look because of the comments where some Muslims have given their opinions.

Sadly, they are of the same tenor as others I have seen. They either attack the person (that she has a "confused soul" is the gentlest) or dismiss her because she has sinned (ie she has left and criticises Islam). That's as far as it gets. Nothing about the substance of her criticisms or the alternatives she holds out. There is no exchange, no refutation of fact or argument; just she's an apostate and she's wrong. It does not auger well.

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