Friday, June 19, 2009

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Here is a link to a very interesting article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the situation in Europe and Muslims.

I think her writing coincides perfectly with the ideas of Culturist John.
See bio of Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Wikipedia

No debate is more explosive than the debate on the future of Islam in Europe

In this way, they evade one of the chief criteria of citizenship. Political allegiance to the constitution of your country is the minimum requirement. It is this state of affairs that makes Christopher Caldwell's book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration and the West (Allen Lane, £17.99), which opens with the sentence, "Western Europe became a multi-ethnic society in a fit of absence of mind," a chilling read.

This absence of mind, which Caldwell lays bare, is reflected in Europe's immigration policies and especially in its response to Islam. No debate today is more explosive, more sensitive, more confusing and more frightening than the debate on the future of Islam in Europe.

In March this year, the French intellectual Pascal Bruckner and I spoke about Caldwell's book. Bruckner said, "Americans [like Caldwell] do not understand Europe. There are many Muslims who, in their daily lives, are more agnostic and in their practices even atheist, but are just Muslim in name."

This seems to be reassuring. But would these agnostic and unpracticing Muslims, if push came to shove, die for Islam or for France? My guess is they would, most likely, die for Islam.

Click on link above for complete article.

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Anonymous said...

With citizenship comes rights AND responsibilities. If you are unwilling to fullfill those responsibilities, you forfeit any rights.

Anonymous said...

Ayaan Ali is a fascinating woman.

Today I spoke with the owner of a local coffee shop who was raised in Israel and then lived in Holland. He (obviously) had strong views on radical islam and what has happened in the UK, Holland, and what could potentially happen in the U.S.