If you don’t know who she is, check her out. Her autobiography is amazing. She has been included with the big four of the atheist movement.
But now, she says she’s Christian. This CFI article covers it well and includes comments on Paul Kingsnorth, another Secularist who turned Christian.
It’s an unusual conversion for Ali, because she seems to be starting out as a Christian who doesn’t believe much. Maybe this will be good. Maybe she will still advocate against fundamentalist just as much as she alwsys has.
Wait! What? She goes from being Muslim to atheism to Xianity? None of it makes any sense, but then again, I guess that’s one way to be “born again”. Makes me wonder if she ever was an atheist or if she was agnostic and decided Xianity was better. Maybe she needed a sense of community and in the Black community church is community. I don’t know.
I don’t know about her married life. She was born in a middle-class Muslim family in Africa. She went to school, relatively progressive, but when it came time to be married, that was “arranged” with an older man that she had never met. She saw a future with little opportunity and possibly not much freedom. The new husband was in Canada, so she managed to escape when her plane landed in Denmark, with the help of people there.
Denmark was quite free, and she quickly made her mark by speaking up about the repression of women in Islam. She has written extensively, made a movie, and served in government. The first time I saw her was in a debate about Islam being an religion of peace. Her and Charles Murray argued in the negative.
It’s the “yes, but…” that gets me. Being on Megan Kelly says a lot too. He also confuses religion with spirituality. You can have a form of spirituality without religion. Just appreciating nature can give a numinous feeling, which I think is in and of itself spiritual. One doesn’t need church for any of that. Nature can be one’s church or just being at one with yourself and the universe can be enough. One doesn’t need a human created deity or a church to have spirituality. Of course, this all depends on what one defines as “spiritual”.
Which means she is still believing the oppressive beliefs of patriarchy and doesn’t know how to react to a husband who believes they should go to church for the children. Although I didn’t know she gave birth to any babies recently. Maybe all of the kids are from the previous marriage, which means he hasn’t heard of birth control with 5 kids.