August 29 in freethought history…

submissionAugust 29, 2004 – The short film “Submission“–written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch House of Representatives, and produced/directed by filmmaker Theo van Gogh–airs on the Dutch television network VPRO.  The film depicts Muslim women wearing veils and see-through chadors, with Quranic verses painted on their bodies, describing the ways in which they have been abused in accordance with Islamic teaching. The film was praised within enlightened circles, but it sparked outrage in the Dutch Muslim community. Months later, van Gogh was assassinated in broad daylight by an Islamic extremist upset by the film. Hirsi Ali would go into hiding and would eventually move to the United States.

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