- Published on Tuesday, 19 July 2011 07:14
- Written by John Draper
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Moderate Muslims will often say that critics have misunderstood the Qur'an - they say that Islam is truly non-violent. But they are quoting the parts of the Qur'an that they choose - they are omitting the other parts which explicitly tell followers to kill apostates, to beat their wives and more. Other Muslims say that practices such as maltreating women and insisting on a burka is only seen in some Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and that other Islamic countries allow women full freedom. But while there are imams who push the Qur'an and therefore push Sharia law, the rights of women, religious minorities and gays will continue to deteriorate. Islam may have had some value and even been an improvement in the way people lived in 700-800AD, but it is no longer a good thing in the 21st century.
Just like Christianity, you can pick out the good bits and reject the rest - but Islam as a whole is now unacceptable as a belief system. This is true no matter what moderate Muslims might say. Most Muslims see a person as either Muslim or not - no matter what the person might think privately and no matter if they treat women properly or not. That means that strict Muslims expect everyone to follow their interpretation while moderates think they should all follow their version. In Christianity, it would be like all Christians going to a Catholic Church and thinking that everyone there believed the same things. Moderate Muslims refuse to accept that their religion is inherently violent and that if they reject the violent bits, they are no longer true Muslims.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali understands the Qur'an - she was raised as a Muslim - and she can think on her feet. Watch as she demolishes earnest Muslim men who think they are misunderstood and that Islam is misunderstood. She has a permanent bodyguard even while she lives in the U.S. - simply because she has spoken out on this issue. Even in the U.S., Muslim women are not free - period.
This video was taken at Ohio State University in April 2010 when Ayaan Hirsi Ali participated in the Baker Peace Conference which discussed women's rights. After her presentation, she answered questions from the audience.