New Zealand not safe for Ayaan Hirsi Ali

When I first saw this on twitter I thought oh well, Australia is not safe but Mum and I will still be seeing her this weekend. It never occurred to me that she would also cancel her tour of New Zealand. After all, we are not yet as bad as Australia now are we? We don’t have any Muslim dominated suburbs like Aussie do we? We don’t have any people on the terrorist watch list do we? She wouldn’t actually be at risk in good old New Zealand now would she?

Act leader David Seymour like me had also purchased a ticket to listen to Ayaan as his press release reveals.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali should feel welcome in New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is deeply saddened that Ayaan Hirsi Ali feels unable to come to New Zealand and Australia due to threats of violence,?as reported?this afternoon in Australian media.

?Nobody should have their freedom of speech shut down in the face of violence,? said Mr Seymour, who had purchased tickets to the Auckland event.

?The Prime Minister should reach out to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and assure her that whatever has been threatened in Australia, in New Zealand we?re proud to have a free society where we battle with ideas, not threats of violence.?

-Press Release

If it is true that New Zealand is safer than Australia then why did she cancel her visit to New Zealand as well?

Ms Ali was due to speak in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland from Thursday to Sunday this week, but has suddenly pulled out.

?Ayaan Hirsi Ali regrets that for a number of reasons including security concerns, she must cancel her upcoming appearances in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland,?…

?She wishes the event organisers Think Inc, success in their future endeavours and hopes to be able to return to Australia in the not too distant future.?

…Hirsi Ali has attracted critics for speaking out about ?reforming traditional Islam and confronting militant Islam.

The Somali-born Dutch-American activist, author, and former politician, is an outspoken opponent of female genital mutilation.

Last month Think Inc said it had been harassed about her appearance.

Its insurers were contacted and warned there could be trouble, and venues where she was scheduled to speak had been contacted and warned that there would be protests where she was due to appear.

Much of this was done by an individual called Syed Murtaza Hussain of the Council for the Prevention of Islamophobia Inc.

I think we need a Council for the prevention of activist groups intimidating speakers into cancelling their speaking tours of Australia and New Zealand. This is now a recurring theme that is happening in America as well. Conservative speakers are being met with violence, threats and intimidation from those who refuse to let another point of view be heard.

He informed Festival Hall in Melbourne there would be 5000 protesters outside the venue if the engagement went ahead. There have been other initiatives, including an abortive appeal on to prevent Ali from speaking.

The Islamic bully boy Syed Murtaza Hussain has succeeded in running her out of town. I wonder if there was something similar planned for Auckland this weekend? The Stuff article twice describes Ayaan as controversial and went for comment to Anjum Rahman,?of the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand. Incredibly she said she was prepared to take Ali at her word about her reasons for cancelling the event but was?not aware of any security concern. Why would Anjum Rahman of the Islamic Women’s Council be aware of threats towards Ayaan? Is the journalist or Anjum herself acknowledging that any threat towards Ayaan would undoubtedly come from within the Muslim community as it has in Australia?

The response yesterday from Australians to the news of the cancellation are well worth reading: