Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Paying a Price for Her Views

Paying a Price for Her Views

Ayaan Hirsi Ali knows the risks of standing up for one's beliefs. The Somalia-born Dutch politician last year made Submission, a film that portrays a Muslim woman ritually abused by the men in her family. Hirsi Ali used the woman's body as a canvas on which to display troubling verses from the Koran. Her film incited a fanatic to kill Hirsi Ali's co-producer, Theo Van Gogh. After plunging a knife into his body, the murderer transformed Van Gogh's corpse into a canvas of his own. On it, he pinned a letter to Hirsi Ali, warning her that she is next.


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