Letters and Replies, Winter 2011 - The Objective Standard

“Has Ayaan Hirsi Ali Fully Rejected Religion?”

To the Editor:

In his review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Nomad (TOS Fall 2011), Joseph Kellard expressed disappointment that Hirsi Ali “promotes Christianity as a means to bring Western ideas to Muslim minds,” and he suggested that she might instead have advocated adherence to Enlightenment philosophy, especially as she identifies Enlightenment thinking as the source of the good aspects within current Christian teachings.

In a June 2010 interview in the Washington Examiner, Hirsi Ali provided an explanation for this seeming inconsistency. Perhaps it will please Mr. Kellard as it does me: . . .

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