Violent intimidation works. And until non-Muslims start standing up to it, it will keep on working, and the truth will be silenced. “Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘Submission II is too risky,'” from Radio Netherlands, January 6 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Ayaan Hirsi Ali says she will not make sequels to her controversial 2004 film Submission, an attack on the treatment of Muslim women. In an interview for Dutch TV, the former Dutch politician said the risk to the crew and cast would be too great.
The script for Submission II is ready for filming and a third part was planned, Ms Hirsi Ali says, but it would be necessary for producers, crew and actors to remain anonymous, and this would be “extremely difficult if not impossible”.
Submission criticised alleged violence against women in Islam, and featured images of women’s bodies painted with verses from the Qur’an. After the film was aired on Dutch TV, its director Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist. The filmmaker and broadcaster was an outspoken critic of Islam. He had insisted on being openly credited for his role in collaborating with Ms Hirsi Ali on Submission, which some Muslims criticised as blasphemous.
Submission II was to have tackled the position of men in Islam, including the oppression of homosexuals, Ms Hirsi Ali said in 2006. In part three God would have been portrayed speaking directly.
Ms Hirsi Ali denies her decision not to go ahead with the sequels was based on fear. Rather she says it was down to a sense of “responsibility”. Creating a climate of fear was precisely the aim of Muslim fanatics, she says….