The European commissioner for justice and home affairs has just announced plans to offer Ayaan Hirsi Ali (author of this month’s Skepchick book selection) protection throughout the European Union. This is very good news, strengthening the cause of those who might speak out against violent fundamentalists as she and her murdered colleague Theo Van Gogh have done. Details can be found on the Guardian’s site. That article seems slightly biased against Hirsi Ali: “From then until last autumn, at a cost of around two million euros a year, she enjoyed special 24-hour Dutch police protection, even after she went to live in the US.” To say she enjoyed it is at best misleading, if you’ve read Infidel. Why put it like that? Perhaps I’m being too sensitive. Anyway, if the E.U. follows through, this is quite a triumph for free speech.
Thanks to Rav Winston for the tip.