Somali-born, ex-Muslim writer, politician, and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali was due to visit Australia and New Zealand this month for a series of talks about her persecution as an infidel, heretic, and apostate. Naturally, her anti-theocratic stance is at odds with the Allah-loving left and their violent Muslim allies.
Hundreds signed a petition to no-platform Ali and presumably block her from entering the country, but in the end it was security concerns that drove her to cancel the tour.
Ali has had a fatwa on her head since 2004 when her creative collaborator Theo van Gogh was assassinated by a man named Mohammed (surprise surprise) for, let’s be honest, being a kaffir in what was even then beginning to look like the Islamic State of The Netherlands.
In typical Guardian style Gay Alcorn asks, “Ayaan Hirsi Ali: fighter for freedom or just a help for Hanson?” – which is Guardianspeak for “Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a far-right racist xenophobe extremist who probably wants to kill all Muslims reeeeeeeeee.” You’d think the left would love Ayaan. She’s a black asylum seeker who suffered genital mutilation and escaped “heteronormative patriarchal oppression”. Then again, she’s a woman with the “wrong” political opinions and that’s totally haram.
Counter Collective News reached out to Ayaan for comment on whether the Australian government offered any support but this is where the story took an interesting turn. It seems Think Inc, is not being entirely forthcoming. A publicist said Ayaan was unavailable for comment beyond her media statement:
“Ayaan Hirsi Ali regrets that, for a number of reasons including security concerns, she must cancel her upcoming appearances in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland. She is very disappointed indeed about this but was left with no alternative following a succession of organizational lapses on the part of the event organizers, Think Inc. Nevertheless, she wishes Think Inc. success in their future endeavours and hopes to be able to return to Australia in the not too distant future.”
Ayaan’s statement above is in stark contrast to the version published by Think Inc.:
“Ayaan Hirsi Ali regrets that, for a number of reasons including security concerns, she must cancel her upcoming appearances in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland. She wishes the event organisers, Think Inc., success in their future endeavours and hopes to be able to return to Australia (and New Zealand) in the not too distant future.” thinkinc.org.au
Think Inc. bills itself as an organisation dedicated “to the promotion of intellectual discourse”. As such I expect an honest statement acknowledging the very real threat to free speech and freedom of association posed by the so-called moderate Muslims in our midst.
I reached out for comment but Think Inc. declined. Why? Could it have anything to do with the Think Inc. founders (Desh Amila and Suzi Jamil) having raised almost $150,000 to produce Islam: The Future of Tolerance?
Could it have anything to do with Desh Amila’s ridiculous hypocrisy? He suggests the rise of Trump, Hanson and Farage is a sign the world has “lost its damn mind” while presenting himself as some champion of intellectual integrity and grand arbiter of taste (while flogging tickets and raising money to shill for Islam).
Once again debate is denied and an apathetic public tolerates intolerance.
One thing is clear. There’s more to this story than meets the eye.