Ayaan Hirsi Ali – A Secular Spring Or An Islamist Winter? Global Atheist Convention 2012

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • anonymoose

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of my intellectual and literary heroes. How mistaken Sikivu Hutchinson is, and how flawed and baseless her criticisms of Ayaan. Thanks for posting this, those of us who have read the quran and know the region saw this coming a long way off.

  • gc

    Excellent! She is asking all the right questions, I hope she continues to seek and demand answers.

  • StevoR

    Cheers for this Kylie Sturgess. :-)

    Excellent talk from one of my favourite atheists and a modern hero.

  • Tim Riches

    Her words to Liberals should be taken note of. In particular, I appreciate her calling out those who do the Islamist’s own work for them, helping to demonize Israel and the West from within the West’s own borders. Every news service and social site I visit in Canada, the US, and the UK is teeming with ‘anti-Zionist’ hate-mongers, so much so that castigating Israel now represents standard Liberal discourse. Hand-in-hand with this is the nauseating credulousness regarding any and all conspiracy theories, in which today’s leftists swim. These two traits – the ‘noble savage’ fallacy and the disdain for rational investigation – poisons all discourse.

    “There is a tendency on the left … to think that if someone in any way disagrees with the left, it must be for the lowest possible reason, and that if you’ve found the lowest possible motive, you’ve found the right one. There’s this whole culture of, ‘no one would leave us or disagree with us if they weren’t a sell-out.’ It’s actually a very sick mentality, and very widespread.” – Christopher Hitchens