Monday, November 19, 2007

URGENT APPEAL: Please Help Protect Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I, Chris Street, have made a small one off donation today towards Ayaan Hirsi Ali's protection fund.

Read the abstract & comments at RichardDawkins; the background articles by Christoper Caldwell and Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris & Salman Rushdie.

"There is no one in a better position to remind us that tolerance of intolerance is cowardice." by Sam Harris & Salman Rushdie.

"There is not a person alive more deserving of the freedoms of speech and conscience we take for granted in the West, nor is there anyone making a more courageous effort to defend them." by Sam Harris & Salman Rushdie.

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Chris Street comments are in bright green;
highlights in yellow blockquotes.

by Sam Harris


Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali is the most prominent advocate of free speech and women's rights in the Muslim world, and for this she must live under perpetual armed guard, even in the West. Unfortunately, on October 1st of this year, the Dutch government officially rescinded its promise to protect her. Now, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's friends, colleagues and admirers must come to her aid.

I have created a page on my website that links directly to the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust. The money raised by this trust will pay Ayaan Hirsi Ali's security expenses. In the event that money remains after these costs have been met, it will be used to encourage and protect other dissidents in the Muslim world.

The ongoing protection of Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a moral obligation. It is also a strategic one: for here is a woman doing work that most of us cannot do--indeed, would be terrified to do if given the chance--and yet this work is essential for preserving the freedoms we take for granted in the West.

If every reader of this email simply pledged ten dollars a month to protect Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the costs of her security would be covered for as long as the threat to her life remains.

Thanks in advance for your support.


Sam Harris

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
In 2005, TIME included Ayaan Hirsi Ali in its list of the World's 100 Most Influential People. If you would like to know more about her, please read Christopher Caldwell's fine profile in the New York Times Magazine. You can also read the essay that Salman Rushdie and I recently published in the Los Angeles Times, or the one that Christopher Hitchens wrote for Slate.

1 comment:

  1. I have felt so much of what Miss Ali speaks about with regards to multiculturalism and political correctness but could not articulate it the way she has. While I pray that she finds a genuine relationship with God, I admire her activism and courage. God Bless Her! One of the best biographies I've ever read.