On her website, Maryam Namazie highlights a somewhat distressing 15-minute interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali, of course, is a famous atheist and a tireless crusader against Islam—especially its oppression of women.
In the video, Ali urges both female and male Muslims to turn to Christianity if they either find their religion oppressive or live in Western countries where Muslims are stigmatized.
This is distressing because although Ali is an atheist, she says that for those people who must have a God, Christianity is a good exchange for Islam. No matter that such conversion is, under Islamic dictates, punishable by death.
And yes, Ali is affiliated with a conservative organization (the American Enterprise Institute), but I still admire her tremendously. As a Muslim apostate, she lives in hiding, protected by guards. But if she’s going to recommend a religion swap, couldn’t she have touted Buddhism?
As an atheist herself, Ayaan must know full well that all religions are misogynist. How can one advocate for others what one does not want for oneself?
Also as I have said a million times before, Christianity only seems tamer because it has been dealt with by an enlightenment. To the degree it has been weakened – that is the degree to which people and women have more freedoms and rights. It’s not because of Christianity but because of the resistance against it.
A minimum precondition to safeguard women’s rights is secularism – the separation of religion from state, educational system and judicial system. But then I guess Ayaan can’t really say that because that would be like advocating Marxism amongst her friends.
On another note, read Namazie’s transcript of the speech she’ll give today at the World Founding Congress of Free Thought in Oslo:
Ironically, whilst the far-Right appears to target Islamism, they have similar ideologies, characteristics, tactics, and aims. Islamism is also an extreme Right movement. Both rely on religion. Both use a language of hate. They are extremely xenophobic, misogynist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic. Both rely on indiscriminate violence and terrorism to intimidate the population at large. They are dogmatic and punish free thinkers and dissenters. Both use threats and scaremongering to push forward their agenda. Both are vehemently anti-working class and the Left. They believe in the superiority of their views and culture and deal harshly with anyone who transgresses. The world they have in mind is equally bleak, segregated, hateful and inhuman.
What we need today is a renewed anti-fascism that is against the far-Right and Islamism and puts people – real live human beings – and not cultures, religions, nationality, race, ethnicity at its centre.
Only a renewed anti-fascist movement that stands firm against both, and unequivocally defends citizenship and universal rights, freedom, equality and secularism can hope to win. In the face of regression and abomination, its banner must be a humanity without labels. It must hold the human being sacred and nothing else.