Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “Submission II is too risky” - Video

Complete Submission film

The film maker Van Gogh was killed by a Muslim fanatic ~ not for depicting that Muslim men believe they have the right to beat their women or that many Muslim women's freedom is not respected ~ but what he like many Muslims believed outrageous about the film Submission ~ was that the actress had Koran verses drawn on her body.

Ayaan Hirsi AliReform in Islam is a long long way off. Honesty is forbidden or actively ignored.

Muslims want to come to Europe and the free world but wish to continue living as they did in the one they left. One of the reasons Hirsi Ali is so deeply involved with Muslim women's issues ~ was because she could speak the language ~ she acted as an interpreter for women in Dutch abuse centres. And said that although Muslims make up only 5% of the population ~ represented more than 60% of the women in these shelters.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali says she will not make sequels to her controversial 2004 film Submission, an attack on the treatment of Muslim women. In an interview for Dutch TV, the former Dutch politician said the risk to the crew and cast would be too great.

The script for Submission II is ready for filming and a third part was planned, Ms Hirsi Ali says, but it would be necessary for producers, crew and actors to remain anonymous, and this would be "extremely difficult if not impossible".

Submission criticised alleged violence against women in Islam, and featured images of women’s bodies painted with verses from the Qur’an. After the film was aired on Dutch TV, its director Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist. The filmmaker and broadcaster was an outspoken critic of Islam. He had insisted on being openly credited for his role in collaborating with Ms Hirsi Ali on Submission, which some Muslims criticised as blasphemous.

Submission II was to have tackled the position of men in Islam, including the oppression of homosexuals, Ms Hirsi Ali said in 2006. In part three God would have been portrayed speaking directly.

Ms Hirsi Ali denies her decision not to go ahead with the sequels was based on fear. Rather she says it was down to a sense of "responsibility". Creating a climate of fear was precisely the aim of Muslim fanatics, she says.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali now lives in the United States, where she works for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. She was elected as an MP for the free-market liberal VVD in 2003, having switched to the right from the Labour Party. As a feminist Islam critic she argued that Dutch politics had ignored the oppression of Muslim women.

In 2006 the then immigration minister said she wanted to withdraw the Somali-born politician’s Dutch citizenship because she had given a false name during her asylum application. The row led to the fall of the government. Ms Hirsi Ali retained her Dutch citizenship.

Radio Netherlands

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