Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islam ‘Not a Religion of Peace,’ Desperately Needs Reform

Ayaan Hirsi Ali talked about reforming Islam on ABC’s This Week today, saying that it is “not a religion of peace” and Muslims need to get rid of the horrible, violent followers of the faith.

She spoke of a “huge group of Muslims” that are peace-loving who need to be more open to reform. Martha Raddatz asked her if, as someone who is no longer a believer, she should “really be the voice for that.”

Manal Omar made a similar observation, saying that with someone like Hirsi Ali, who is on record “attack Islam,” it’s “very hard for you to be able to call on a reform of Islam.” She and Hirsi Ali expressed some disagreements with what is written in the Qu’ran.

Raddatz asked Hirsi Ali if her words “incite people to be anti-Muslim.” Hirsi Ali insisted, “I’m not here to attack Muslims. I’m saying we need that courageous step.”

Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim herself, left the faith and has become one of its biggest critics, to the point where Brandeis University backed away from giving her an honorary degree after people protested her views on Islam.

Watch the video below, via ABC:

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