Monday, March 22, 2010

Ayaab Hirsi Ali wins prize

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wins orthodox Christian prize
Former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali accepted an award in front of a spray-painted graffiti slogan reading “Say what you think”. Her audience wasn’t a hip-hop convention, but the youth wing of the Dutch ultra-orthodox protestant SGP party. And the prize they were awarding her was for “a person who is notably positive about Christianity”.

Ms Hirsi Ali is currently in the Netherlands promoting her new book Nomad, on a visit from the US, where she now lives in exile. “It’s odd that as a woman I should be receiving this prize,” she joked – the SGP famously bans women in their ranks from holding office. “What’s more, I’m an atheist!” she added.

However, the young Christians have read her book and reckon it shows she’s “realised that not all religions are the same”. Which presumably means they think she’s stopped having a go at religion in general and is now sticking to knocking Islam in particular. But Ms Hirsi Ali wasn’t going to be won over so easily, she took the young Christians to task for their party’s discrimination against women, gays and lesbians. Pronto!

Day Opening - March 22

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