Ayaan Hirsi Ali was awarded an Award for Moral Courage by the AJC last week. To those who don’t know Ayaan, she has an incredible life story beginning in Somalia and ending up a parliament member in the Netherlands.
She was also a colleague of Theo Van Gogh who was killed by a Muslim for making a movie in which Ayaan was involved that was perceived as offensive to this Muslim. After the ritual killing of Van Gogh, the murderer left a note attached to his body indicating that Ayaan was also on the target list.
She is currently living in hiding and living under heavy protection – a la Salman Rushdie – because her life has been threatened for purportedly speaking out against certain aspects or perhaps forms of Islam.