West’s liberals fail to help, says Hirsi Ali – The Age

by Barney Zwartz
16th April, 2012
via The Age

WESTERN liberals, crippled by political correctness, guilt and a romanticised view of Islam, are leaving atheists and Christians bereft in the ”Arab winter”, human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali says.

Ms Hirsi Ali, no stranger to controversy, told an audience of several thousand at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, that it was Christians and conservatives who led the way in defending free speech and rights. ”Why is it that secular liberals in the West fail to help? Are they so insecure about the morals they live by and by which they raise their children?”

She said elections following the overthrow of dictators had produced Islamist governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, with Islamists also gaining power in Libya and Yemen. ”The plight of Christians is going to be dire. They are killed, their churches destroyed, the women are raped. This is also the plight of Muslim minority sects.”

She blamed political correctness, white guilt over former colonialism that was actually racist because it did not hold non-whites to the same standards, and a view of Islam as romantically primitive (the noble savage).

Ms Hirsi Ali, who has for a decade been accompanied everywhere by bodyguards, provocatively suggested it was too much to expect a billion Muslims to become atheists, so they should convert to the much more benign Christianity ”as a halfway house on the path to enlightenment”.

Outside the Melbourne Convention Centre, two dozen Muslims from Dandenong Mosque chanted ”burn in hell” and waved inflammatory placards.

”We just want to have a conversation, and tell them it is illogical to say there is no God,” said one of the protesters, Shafeeq.

Security guards locked the doors, but many atheists used a nearby alternative to engage the Muslims in furious debate.

Sam Harris, one of the ”four horsemen of the anti-apocalypse”, said his foundation had helped fund Ms Hirsi Ali’s protection when the Dutch government stopped paying. ”I went out to the moderate Muslim community to get help, and the push back was vile. The real problem is that religious moderates provide a space in which religious extremism is flourishing,” he said.

2 Responses to West’s liberals fail to help, says Hirsi Ali – The Age

  1. Dan Trent says:

    I paraphrase Victor Senchenko, the author of ‘Revelations of a human space navigator, second edition’. He states that: prosperity expands atheism; stagnation increases theism. In other words: the societies and nations that become rich, gradually allow freedoms of expression of personal thought, including that of rebuttal of religious teachings, while the poor societies and nations stringently enforce restriction of that.

    If one was to look to history, all nations, not too long ago, even the rich western nations, were bound by religious zeal. But it is only in the same rich western nations (with Australia and New Zealand very much included) that the freedom from religion became tolerated by the religious majority.

    As sweeping as it may sound, outside these tolerant states no religious deviation is accepted. From personal experience, on the ground you will be accepted as being of any faith, but not as an atheist.

    It, therefore, shouldn’t be surprising that the destitute African nations (often being that because their leaders are either selfish despots or incompetent clods – with their rampant and uncontrolled population increases not helping) are gripped by religious dogmas of their imams (‘leaders of the way’), who promise a better life with either a new leader or with extermination of infidels (unbelievers of Islam).

    In most instances, the individuals desires of these nations, racked with internal instability, is to get any support that’s free of any obligations. They don’t want to change their societal ways of life or of their religious indoctrination. Their ways of life are set by their religious customs, their tribal customs, and influences from those whose political dictates they have to follow.

    It may well be impressive to those in the West that there are individuals who attempt to introduce atheism into solid theist societies – not unlike that of showing off one’s breast stroke in a pond full of crocodiles – with the inevitable cry for help.

    Should this be surprising? No. Emotional and even gut wrenching? Yes. But knowing all the dangers, why go there in the first place? I know why. It’s the same desire that I have for all humans to learn exactly why gods do not exist: not just to prove that I’m right, but to give the future generations at least a similar opportunity I had.

    Aren’t humans crazy but wonderful?

  2. AlwaysRight says:

    I’d like to know why left wing feminists haven’t come to the aid of female muslims living under the influence of muslim men. Where is the vocal advocation on behalf of muslim women to discard their veils, burkhas etc and to give muslim women the confidence to live their lives in Australia how they choose? The silence is deafening.

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