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June 11, 2010

Silenced by Courage

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was black, so they could not dismiss her as a racist;

she had lived in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands and the United States, so they could not call her an ignorant provincial hick; she was an avowed atheist, so they could not call her a Christian bigot on a crusade against peaceful Islam; and she was multi-lingual, articulate, and brilliant, so they couldn't just call her stupid. All the pejoratives they usually apply to people who disagree with them wouldn't work, and so they were left to confront her ideas, and those ideas stripped them naked, rent their garments of superiority and condescension into tatters at their feet, and left them angry and confused, whining to each other in the corners of the room, unable to say anything to her face. Their favorite weapons, ad hominem name-calling and sneering condescension, were disarmed. -- サ Ayaan Hirsi Ali Upends Leftist Stereotypes in Santa Monica - Big Government

Posted by Vanderleun at June 11, 2010 5:26 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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My God, to have been in that room. This guy's writing about the event is as thunderous as must have been the silence which greeted this brave woman.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at June 11, 2010 7:17 PM

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