Does What This Ex-Muslim Said About ‘Moderate Islam’ Change a Long Held Narrative?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who heads The AHA Foundation and author of the book, “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now,” told the New York Post  that there is no such thing as “moderate Islam,” despite claims from not only Democrat Barack Obama, but also his predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, who referred to Islam as a “religion of peace.”

When Ali was growing up, she was taught that violators of Sharia Law, for example, homosexuals, deserved the death penalty by stoning or beheading. But now, despite receiving several threats against her life, she is speaking out against Islam, even saying that the notion that some Muslims are “moderate” is a bit of a myth.

As the Post reported:

In “Heretic,” Ali says there are three kinds of Muslims. There are the violent, the reformers, and what she believes is the largest group — those who want to practice as they see fit and live peaceably but do not challenge the Koran, the Muslim world’s treatment of women and the LGBT community, or terrorist attacks committed in the name of Islam.

However, the latter group, the so-called “peaceful” Muslims, she refuses to characterize as “moderate.”

“I’ve never believed in the word,” Ali told The Post. “It’s totally useless. I think we’re in a time now where we demand answers from Muslims and say, ‘Whose side are you on?'”

In her book, Ali cited a Pew Research Report from 2013, which said, for example, that 75 percent of Pakistanis believe that anyone who leaves the religion of Islam should be executed. The numbers were shockingly high in several other Muslim-dominated countries as well.

Ali’s stance on her former religion has led many to attempt to silence her, including American universities such as Brandeis University and Yale, even though such institutions gladly welcome America haters of all stripes, even making some former terrorists tenured professors, such as Obama’s pal Bill Ayers who taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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