015-Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Problem with Censorship

Jay Smith

Published on Nov 9, 2006 by Pfander Films

It is sad that Muslims on YouTube do not want the problem verses in the Qur’an to be read, shown, or critiqued in public. A case in point is the enormous anger against the Somali activist and former Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and her movie ‘Submission’. It is important that we on Youtube stand against this attempt to censure Ms. Ali, since everything which is religious, be it a book, a person, or an organization, must be open to criticism and public debate. We must never respond with violence, as was done by a Muslim against the director of ‘Submission’, and we must stand resolutely against those Muslims who try to censure anyone who might criticize their Qur’an or their prophet, such as was attempted here in the UK in Feb. of 2006 with the ‘Incitement to Religious Hatred’ law, a law which only the Muslims wanted, and was fortunately defeated…by ONE vote. If a religion is true, it must be strong enough to take on the challenges and criticisms foisted against it. Christianity has certainly proved itself to stand against criticism from all quarters…it seems Islam has yet to prove itself in this category.

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