I got an email from the AFA today that speaks for itself...
From Margaret Downey
Many of you have inquired about the safety and whereabouts of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Yes, it is true that Ayaan's United States security/protection was removed the day after the Atheist Alliance International's (AAI) 2007 convention. We are saddened to learn that she can not safely return to the United States unless she is assured of heavy security.
Sam Harris is helping to generate funding to help Ayaan return to the United States. Please see the message below from Sam.
AAI is sending this information as a service to those who attended the 2007 convention. If you are not interested, please simply delete this message. If you would like to help, please circulate this information far and wide.
AAI is not soliciting funds from you. We are acting as a disseminator of information. Here is Sam's message:
Urgent Appeal: Please Help Protect Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the most prominent advocate of free speech and women's rights in the Muslim world, and for this she must live under perpetual armed guard, even in the West. Unfortunately, on October 1st of this year, the Dutch government officially rescinded its promise to protect her. Now, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's friends, colleagues and admirers must come to her aid.
I have created a page on my website that links directly to the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust.
The money raised by this trust will pay Ayaan Hirsi Ali's security expenses. In the event that money remains after these costs have been met, it will be used to encourage and protect other dissidents in the Muslim world.
The ongoing protection of Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a moral obligation. It is also a strategic one: for here is a woman doing work that most of us cannot do--indeed, would be terrified to do if given the chance--and yet this work is essential for preserving the freedoms we take for granted in the West.
If every reader of this email simply pledged ten dollars a month to protect Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the costs of her security would be covered for as long as the threat to her life remains.
Thanks in advance for your support.