It Takes An Individual
Ayaan has not merely rejected Islam but all religion. This poses an interesting problem for Berlinski as it does for Lawrence Auster. Berlinski writes: “But her metaphysical vision of the alternative to Islam is hardly seductive. Many people, I suspect, would prefer to live in chains than to believe that nothing awaits them after death. … And this is why the West's only hope is not the dismantling of Islam, but its reformation, a reformation that will perhaps be analogous in its contours to the Christian Reformation.” The Reformation led to a century of intolerance and brought wars of religion that were shocking in their savagery and slaughter. The Enlightenment – best exemplified in Britain and America – brought toleration, liberty, and set the stage for an unprecedented prosperity.
Of course, there will always be slackers who will be Muslim in name only, colonial Muslims who will water-down their Islam, and those who are ignorant about their religion, as is often the case with any religion. But Islam and the example of Mohammad will always remain a doctrinally malignant force that easily underwrites an illiberal imperialist warrior ideology. Combine that with the blind-faith and self-renunciation of a extremely dogmatic religion – sanctioned by the supernatural hope of reward in an afterlife – and you have the worse of all worlds.
Ayaan chose this life and is fighting for a just order in this world. We all must. It starts with one person.