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Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Comments

villageidiot's Avatar Comment 1 by villageidiot

Ayaan is my heroin; wait i think i've said that before.

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 20:59:00 UTC | #87826

maton100's Avatar Comment 2 by maton100

Everybody get ready for tomorrow night when Dinesh D'Souza's D'Dumbass attempts to debate Daniel Dennett. Even Bobby Knight won't be able to save D'Souza from this one.

Kudos to Ayaan!

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:25:00 UTC | #87835

papavb's Avatar Comment 3 by papavb

I hope you mean heroine, one little letter can make you into a needlewhore.

anyways, I agree wholeheartedly, more things like this need to be said on tv, by people who aren't reticent out of fear.

more power to her

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:27:00 UTC | #87836

Theocrapcy's Avatar Comment 4 by Theocrapcy

Look at this world we live in.

When are we going to take back our planet from these fucking psychotic freaks? When are western leaders going to have the courage to face this disease head on?

COuntries who join the EU are required to raise their standards on human rights, equality, and freedom of expression. Its about time we extended this to countries wanting to be a part of the western world, and castigate entirely any nations who choose to live By bronze age myth-laws. We don't need Saudi oil, if we cut them off they would be nothing.

WE have the power to change this fucked state of affairs, its time the people of the secular west stood up to these ghouls and put them on notice!

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 22:18:00 UTC | #87852

MuNky82's Avatar Comment 5 by MuNky82

Off topic: I would just like say that since got their media server, life became so much easier. I despised the YouTube links of old since I like to watch videos again at a later time, and "capturing" YouTube streams didn't always work well.

Thanks Josh, and of course Prof. Dawkins for starting this Oasis.

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 23:22:00 UTC | #87874

villageidiot's Avatar Comment 6 by villageidiot

one little letter can make you into a needlewhore

what's a needlewhore? please explain more.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 02:58:00 UTC | #87926

ridelo's Avatar Comment 7 by ridelo

Comment #92112 by Theocrapcy

We don't need Saudi oil????

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 03:16:00 UTC | #87933

Lordsuhn's Avatar Comment 8 by Lordsuhn

Comment #92112 by Theocrapcy

I understand your sentiments, but unfortunately, we still do need Saudi oil. But the more we pressure our governments to support alternative fuels, the closer we will come to being independant of oil producing countries in the middle east.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 03:54:00 UTC | #87945

Aaron's Avatar Comment 9 by Aaron

I think Ayaan Hirsi Ali's most enlightening point of view deserved much more than three minutes on this topic. Hopefully she'll get more attention here in the states soon.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 05:21:00 UTC | #87966

Dave Gilbert's Avatar Comment 10 by Dave Gilbert

Those of you outside of the UK may not be aware of this story;;jsessionid=AFTUX0QEBUSSZQFIQMGCFFWAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/11/30/wsudan130.xml

Apparently, Islam is insulted because Gillian Gibbons, a British teacher working in the Sudan, named the class's teddy bear Mohammed.

Give me a break.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 05:44:00 UTC | #87974

USA_Limey's Avatar Comment 11 by USA_Limey

Dave Gilbert:

There have been a number of articles posted about this story on the RD website.

Here is the first:,1909,Muhammad-teddy-teacher-arrested,BBC



Come on dude, get with the program!


Fri, 30 Nov 2007 06:36:00 UTC | #87995

eXcommunicate's Avatar Comment 12 by eXcommunicate

This was a positive little interview. Too bad it wasn't more in depth. It would have been fun if Cooper also had on a raving Islamic lunatic.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 06:39:00 UTC | #87999

Dave Gilbert's Avatar Comment 13 by Dave Gilbert


Okay, think of my posting as an update then and I will try harder next time.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 07:18:00 UTC | #88008

Theocrapcy's Avatar Comment 14 by Theocrapcy

That's right, we DON'T need Saudi oil. We have a great big fireball in the sky that provides all the energy we will ever need. So long as we buy their oil we are allowing them to propagate their evil, misogynistic, and corruptible methods.

It's time religion and its lunatic adherents were finally put on notice. A tolerant world cannot coexist with these nutcases!

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 14:59:00 UTC | #88199

Vinelectric's Avatar Comment 15 by Vinelectric

Life in Saudi Arabia for women is devoid of meaning or hope. The problem is that many are so cut off from the world that they don't seem to know any better and accept the situation as the norm.

I was going to say that such misery is shocking even by the standards of West and North Africa's muslim states. That is definitely true and for this reaon the local Wahabbi-Sufi tensions are high on such topics as women's rights. However I can see that, from an Islamic point of view, the Wahabbis are closer to the real thing than are the progressive and open minded Sufis.

Depressing, isn't it?

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 17:28:00 UTC | #88250

wonder's Avatar Comment 16 by wonder

I'm surprised that she didn't point out to AC that the word "Islam" doesn't literally mean "peace" as he said. If she had pointed out that it actually means "SUBMISSION" I think it would have had a nice effect as she was talking about the way women are treated in Saudi Arabia.

Sat, 01 Dec 2007 09:44:00 UTC | #88436

villageidiot's Avatar Comment 17 by villageidiot

I'm surprised that she didn't point out to AC that the word "Islam" doesn't literally mean "peace" as he said. If she had pointed out that it actually means "SUBMISSION" I think it would have had a nice effect as she was talking about the way women are treated in Saudi Arabia.

Yeah, i found that really strange as well. It would seem like the most obvious thing to point out. (Does the word Islam have more than one meaning?)

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 05:46:00 UTC | #88779

coquese's Avatar Comment 18 by coquese

Islam means submission (to the will of Allah). The root of the word Islam, s-l-m, is the same root in the word salaam, meaning peace. They share the same root; the concepts of peace and submission are meant to be related.

People do commonly believe Islam means peace, so I think she was right to address that claim directly, whether or not it's completely accurate.

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 09:20:00 UTC | #89188

freethnkr's Avatar Comment 19 by freethnkr

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is the bravest woman in modern times. I only hope that her refuge here in the USA will allow her to speak more freely, for I am looking forward to her future (which i hope is a prosperious one, and and intellectually prosperous one for us)

Mon, 14 Jan 2008 21:37:00 UTC | #106258