Ayaan Hirsi Ali has risked her life by combating the use of Islam to foster enforced chastity, forced marriage, genital mutilation and "honour killing". Yet, to distract attention from these issues, Fareena Alam (Books, 24 July) accuses Hirsi Ali of "fabricating her traumatic past", citing a TV documentary that digs up early acquaintances who tell a different tale. Surely any competent PR outfit could find such hostile testimony to smear an opponent? Ask Senator John Kerry. And what protection is available for a witness who backs the "apostate" Hirsi Ali's story?

Let Alam convince her fellow worshippers to stop threatening and killing girls, then she can tell us infidels how her faith needn't involve the murderous misogyny that blights so many lives.

Connaire Kensit
London SW15

This article first appeared in the 07 August 2006 issue of the New Statesman, Blood on his hands