By now, for Muslim true believers, she was a hate figure to rival Salman Rushdie.As death threats multiplied, guards accompanied her almost everywhere she went. A talented writer and film-maker, van Gogh in 2004 directed the movie Submission, a damning critique of Islam’s treatment of women, on which Hirsi Ali collaborated.
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The book seeks to identify what must change in Islam to permit the separation of politics and religion and bring about a peaceful and tolerant faith – and how the West might hasten the process.
This last has set her at odds with the Obama administration, and a President who again and again preaches reconciliation between Islam and Christianity.
She was born in Somalia, brought up in Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya, only to seek asylum in the Netherlands and later migrate to America.
Along the way, a devout and submissive Muslim girl turned into an author, campaigner for women’s rights and fierce defender of Western values. More important, she is arguably the most visible and effective critic of Islam on the planet.
The subjects of the video appear to be sucking on a helium balloon, manipulating their voices without the aid of Auto-Tune (as was once the way of the world).
They’re having so much vintage-style fun here that Niall’s newsboy cap suddenly looks appropriate.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali a Somali-Dutch feminist and atheist activist, says death threats she received after she criticized Islam have, paradoxically, led her to live life more fully.
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But a video eventually surfaced online, confirming that the rumors are true: Niall and Ariana did breathe the same air at some point — or to be more accurate, the same gas.
Ariana posted a low-quality video to Instagram depicting a batch of large pixels that, when viewed through heavily squinted eyes, take on the appearance of Niall, Ariana and two friends.
In the US, where she lives with her husband, the outspoken Scottish historian Niall Ferguson, she has just published her latest tirade against her one-time faith, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.