Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a hero to many. A former Muslim and outspoken critic of Islam, in 2004 in Holland she collaborated with Theo Van Gogh to produce a film critical of Islam called Submission. When Van Gogh was assassinated by an Islamist later that year, leaving a note saying that Ayaan was next to die, her life has been in grave danger and she has virtually been under armed protection ever since. As a well-known speaker and author on Islam, Ms Ali has attracted much hate from the Islamist lobby but also from the class which hunts down supposed “Islamophobia” and which targets any clear voice expressing facts tending to obstruct their cause of protecting Islam from criticism.
Ayaan Ali has so many Islamist and their fellow travelers attacking her that nothing said or done against her will amaze any unbiased observer. The apologists for Islamism, the self-loathing brigade and most others determined to silence dissenting voices (as we have seen), and have incessantly attacked her. Repeating the various “standard” references, smearing Ayaan and many others who take up this fight against extremist ideology and terrorism-apologia, it always amazes how these “facts” get repeated or tweeted all over and not many seem to do anything about checking them. Certainly no person seems to answer it when it is put in as part of an attack. Perhaps it is the internet, nobody having time to go and check (and they probably rely on that). However, when a person lives her life under armed guard and psychos are out there, some of whom have already acted on false hate posted online by irresponsible or hate groups, something must be done to call them on their lies.
Supported Anders Breivik
One that demanded investigation was this amazing claim about Ayaan Hirsi Ali actually supporting Anders Breivik, the mass murderer who, in his manifesto quoted critics of Islam, including Ayaan Hirsi Ali and various right-wing groups. He also quoted historical figures (Richard the Lionheart) and others, such as former Prime Minister John Howard of Australia, hardly in the extreme-right class.
In any case it is a serious charge to make against any human rights campaigner let alone one with such a huge reputation all over the world as Ms Ali has. No wonder it would be used by multiple enemies – if true. The vicious propagandists on behalf of Islamism, terrorism apologists and radical hard left would use it, right OR wrong so someone should look at it.
A New York Muslim favourite of the left and co-sponsor of the anti-Trump Womens March 2017 one Linda Sarsour had quite aggressively targeted Ayaan Ali and another Islam critic Brigitte Gabriel with an offensive February Twitter smear:
Sarsour had had quite the publicity spotlight going for her this past 6 months now, despite severe criticism for her supposed anti semitism and apologia for Islamism and Islamist terrorism, a recent attack on Trump and calls for Muslims to commit Jihad on him set her back a bit, but it was in the course of a Twitter series with Jake Tapper of CNN that the Breivik reference was put in to try and silence Tapper.
This tweet by an Arab/American journalist Sulome Anderson ( (who doesn’t seem to have followed on and looked into the quote but perhaps she did). Her judgement, if that happened, would be tested by the actual words she saw fit to favour for her response to Jake Tapper in that tweet. Her intervention led to the first Vox reference which refers to the Breivik smear where, in a series of “examples” by a Muslim writer and activist Wardah Khalid. In her Vox article she attacks “anti-Islam Muslims” & demands to know why they should be treated as “experts” (usually meaning “ex-Muslims, it seems to me) On Ayaan Ali it is she who highlights the Breivik smear and for the second time regarding this Vox article, journalists and/or activists do not seem to have done anything to research and analyse the quote but just to quote it and move on after including the killer quote and assisting the furtherance of a most terrible smear as one could imagine:
She demanded a Western-led war on the religion and was cited as a source of inspiration in the 1,500-page manifesto of Anders Breivik, the right-wing shooter who killed 77 people and injured 319 in Norway. Hirsi Ali later sympathized with Breivik’s argument that he “had no other choice but to use violence.”
This activist linked solely to a web site which used quotes from an acceptance speech for a prize in Germany. In the quotes about Breivik it was a nonsense to even think that the words sympathized with Breivik could be used. Only a fool or a total fraud would do that.
In her acceptance speech, Ali expressed her sympathy for terrorist murderer Anders Behring Breivik. Her writings were included in Breivik’s manifesto and she took the opportunity of the speech to try and distance herself from his actions while squarely putting the blame for Breivik’s massacre on his targets.
[T]hat one man who killed 77 people in Norway, because he fears that Europe will be overrun by Islam, may have cited the work of those who speak and write against political Islam in Europe and America – myself among them – but he does not say in his 1500 page manifesto that it was these people who inspired him to kill. He says very clearly that it was the advocates of silence. Because all outlets to express his views were censored, he says, he had no other choice but to use violence.” (my emphasis added)
The usual hangers-on could swallow that I suppose and not bother to even try to get to the source but to merely repeat it ad infinitum, furthering the smear. I don’t suppose Ayaan Ali would care as most thinkers know of the propaganda war being fought against her by the Islamist sympathisers, social justice warriors and some fellow travelers.
Whilst this never-ending campaign to denigrate Ms Ali and others is on. it is up to honest thinkers to keep setting the record straight. Hopefully, if honest and open-minded people see these smears they will follow them to their source and thus show the lie to everyone else. This was but a basic example to be exposed with a few clicks of a mouse.