One would suppose that outspoken atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a feminist critic of faith, would earn the approval of the liberal New York Instances. However because it’s the Islamic faith that she deserted, the Instances (and the left generally) has handled Hirsi Ali with cool neutrality at greatest and open hostility at worst.
The worst was on show within the paper’s Sunday E book Evaluation. Journalist Jill Filipovic’s evaluation of Hirsi Ali’s new guide Prey — Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Ladies’s Rights appeared underneath the provocative title “Is Islam Misogynistic?” However the true goal of the evaluation was not misogynistic faith however the writer herself, whom Filipovic attacked on private phrases.
Hirsi Ali, a sufferer of FGM and compelled marriage and who depends on safety towards demise threats from Islamic radicals, has been a goal for opportunistic liberal teams just like the Southern Poverty Regulation Heart and now could be as soon as once more being attacked by the New York Instances.
Filipovic is a fierce abortion promoter who demanded that girls “divorce your Republican husbands” through the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. However her knee-jerk feminism mutated into one thing like sympathy for non secular fundamentalism, not less than when the faith underneath debate is one thing apart from conservative Christianity.
There are few girls on the earth who generate as a lot animosity, and as many accusations of hypocrisy, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She denounces Islam for its absolutism and intolerance, after which vilifies the faith of multiple billion individuals as a “nihilistic cult of demise.” Her personal historical past maybe makes her antagonism comprehensible — she was pressured into genital mutilation as a baby in Somalia, fled to the Netherlands to flee an organized marriage and, as an grownup, has seen her life threatened by Muslim extremists so many instances and with such credibility that she travels with safety. However she herself rejects that framing as sexist and presumptuous.
She calls herself an “infidel,” whereas many Muslims say she’s simply an Islamophobe. She was placed on a Qaeda hit listing and referred to as an anti-Muslim “extremist” by the Southern Poverty Regulation Heart. She praises Western liberalism similtaneously she means that Islam is so incompatible with it that Western democracies want to think about suspending their core values within the service of self-preservation. She’s an asylee who requires an finish to asylum as we all know it.
Her newest mission solely amplifies these incongruities. Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Ladies’s Rights argues that immigration from majority-Muslim international locations imperils the hard-won rights of European girls. Muslim males, who’re by Hirsi Ali’s telling accustomed to gender-segregated societies during which feminine modesty is remitted and girls are harassed out of public life, arrived in Europe in droves through the earlier decade’s migration disaster, bringing previous orthodoxies — and violent enforcement of them — to their new Northern houses….
These are definitely laudable objectives for a feminist motion, which is exactly why chances are you’ll be questioning: Isn’t that what feminists have been doing this complete time?
Really, feminists aren’t doing it, and Filipovic definitely isn’t doing it right here. She even assaults Ali for…doing analysis?
In searching for to make the case that hordes of sexually violent Muslim males are setting again girls’s rights in Europe, Hirsi Ali excavates crime knowledge, newspaper articles and social science analysis….
It may be mentioned to be minimize via with bigotry. Hirsi Ali appears to latch onto the trope of males of coloration threatening virtuous white girls, a selected form of fearmongering with a protracted and ugly historical past….
Hirsi Ali responded on Twitter:
“I don’t anticipate something however hostile opinions from the @NYTimes. However @JillFilipovic’s evaluation makes quite a lot of utterly false insinuations in regards to the guide, basically accusing me of reviving racist stereotypes about sexual violence and “the opposite.””
Douglas Murray, writing at the Spectator (U.Okay.), summarized: “All through her evaluation, Filipovic appears intent on utilizing Hirsi Ali’s private story towards her.”