it is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete.”
And she continues: “Brother, you can believe in stones, as long as you don’t throw them at me. You are free to worship whoever you want, but other people’s beliefs are not your concern, whether they believe that the Messiah is God, son of Mary, or that Satan is God, son of Mary. Let people have their beliefs.”
Well, now we learn that she is menaced and in hiding:
Wafa Sultan in hiding here;
Dr. Wafa Sultan is in hiding, fearful for her life and the safety of her family, after she lambasted the roots of radical Islam during a debate televised on Al-Jazeera last month.
Dr. Sultan is leading a struggle to create a new reality in the Islamic world, which she believes should be led by none other than the women it has oppressed for so long. Born in Syria and now a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist, Dr. Sultan has taken upon herself the mission of trying to change the way the Islamic world operates.
HT: Atlas Shrugs.
The second brave woman is Hirsi Ali, that has been presenting in Madrid her new book “I accuse”, as Manning, one of my colleagues at Eurabian News has posted. Among other interesting things, she has said:
We must struggle against Islamic totalitarianism as against Communist totalitarianism,” and [Ayaan Hirsi Ali] said, “We need an Islamic Voltaire, enlightened criticism from inside…But Westerners are reluctant to touch the religious question.” She added, “We must admit that, with all his wisdom, there are many things which the Prophet was wrong about.” Ali left Islam after the September 11 bombings. “As a Muslim woman, educated in the practice of the Islamic religion, I realized that Islam and terrorism cannot be separated, because they are intimately united,” she said.
Manning refers in his post to an article by Alicia Delibes, who finishes it this way:
Ayaan comes to Madid to ask the madrileños the same thing she says in her book: just listen to her, let her and the other Islamic dissidents speak that are nearly the only ones who are in a suitable disposition to critizise Islam. And she also comes to ask us to defend with conviction the individual freedom and the right to decide over his7her life and to express publicly his/her convictions, whatever man or woman, principal reason why Islamists hate the West.
Ayaan, who lives surrounded by bodyguards, and who is decided to devote the rest of her life to fight for the emancipation of Muslim women, thinks that it’s not to ask a lot, but sincerely I figure that, viewing the general passivity of our society and the very few people that feel real enthusiasm about freedom, what Ayaan asks is, sadly, too much.