I guess she can’t be call a “racist”, being Black as she is. And being an ex-Muslim she knows more than many who speak about “Islamophobia“.
“I’m frustrated with the continuous belief and, I think, self-delusion that Islam is only a religion,” she said. “Islam is more than a religion. It does have a spiritual dimension … but there is another dimension to Islam – a political dimension.”
In general terms, religious tolerance is understood to be the willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs and practices of others, she noted. But there are different levels of tolerance, she added.
“For instance, if you oppose smoking you may think of yourself as tolerant of smokers but it’s different when you allow a smoker in your house … to smoke,” the now atheist pointed out.
The Prophet Muhammad defined the state of peace and tolerance as a moment when the entire world submits to Allah and embraces Islam, said Hirsi Ali, who fled from her Muslim family and an arranged marriage in her early twenties and sought asylum in the Netherlands.
Related: Hirsi Ali debates whether Islam is a Religion of Peace, wins in a rout. So, is it stupid to ask the question because “Islam is no more a religion of peace than any other”, but it’s not stupid to say it once and again?