Talking About Islam. Where Ideology Trumps Reality
The Times of London hosts a feature on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, acknowledging in an editoral in the same issue that Ali's views are “inevitably color[ed by her] experiences [growing up in Muslim societies],” where she was subjected as a youngster to genital mutilation, violent inculcation of Islamic dogma, sexual discrimination, and an (abortive) forced marriage.
In other words, when Ali talks about the trouble with Islam, she does so from a position of real-life experience.
And since that real-life experience doesn't match the editors' pre-conceived ideology, Ali must be the one who is wrong.
Read Benny Morris' The Islamic Reformation. Here's an excerpt:
But back to the central issue, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's editorially repudiated interview. In it she said: “Islam is incompatible with the rule of law because it says only Allah is the law and not human beings.” She charged that the West was engaged in appeasing Muslims. She denied that to call for an end to forced marriage, female genital mutilation, honor killings and a life of submission to males or Islam was a form of “racism” (the word commonly hurled at anyone berating prominent facets of Muslim culture and praxis). Surely, that's not “what you want for your own little girl,” she told her sometime disdainful, politically correct interviewer, Janice Turner. Ali pointed out that Saudi Arabia's 13.5 million women live under virtual house arrest and Iran's 34 million women can be married off at the age of nine or be stoned for adultery.
She charged that Islam was always an “expansionist” religion. Genital mutilation, practiced in pre-Islamic Egypt, was then exported by the conquering Muslims to sites as far afield as Indonesia, “which had no history of female genital mutilation.” “It’s very, very important not only to condemn the practise itself but to get to the bottom of it: That this is done in the name of Islam.”