Byline: DAVID COHEN
AYAAN Hirsi Ali, never one to shrink from controversy, has some words of advice for Prime Minister Tony Blair. "Close the Islamic faith schools today," she says.
"Britain is sleepwalking into a society that could be ruled by Sharia law within decades unless Islamic schools are shut down and young Muslims are instead made to integrate and accept Western liberal values."
Hirsi Ali, 38, the Dutch-Somali human rights campaigner who lives under 24-hour police protection and is in London to promote her provocative new book, Infidel, argues that Catholic and Jewish schools can stay because the values they teach are not a threat to liberal democracy. "I haven't seen anybody coming out of a Catholic or Jewish school advocating violence against women or homosexuals, or wanting to murder innocent people in the name of their religion."
Having grown up within Islam, Hirsi Ali believes she is uniquely placed to warn the British public that they are living under a "great deception" about the true nature of Islam. "They have deceived themselves that the men arrested in the [alleged] beheading plot last week and the 7/7 bombers are a fringe group of radical Muslims who've hijacked Islam and that the majority of Muslims are moderate.
"But they are not. The plot to murder Muslim soldiers in the British Army is consistent with the purest teachings of Islam, which encourages you to kill Muslims who join the infidel army. Violence is inherent in Islam - it's a …