ON-Lion Letter

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced that one of the four 2015 Bradley Prizes will be presented to human-rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

The Bradley Prize will be awarded to Hirsi Ali at a ceremony to be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 3.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Hirsi Ali was raised in the Muslim faith.  She fled to the Netherlands in 1992 to escape a forced marriage.  From 2003 to 2006, she served as a member of the Dutch parliament.

Hirsi Ali's brave assessments of the nature and dangers of radical Islam have been proved terribly prescient in recent years.

She is the founder of the AHA Foundation, the leading organization working to end honor violence against women.  She wrote the short drama film Submission to draw public attention to the abuse of women in Islamic societies and is author of, among other books, Infidel and this year's Heretic:  Why Islam Needs a Reformation NowHeretic argues that a Muslim Reformation is essential to subduing radical Islamic terrorism and describes how such a reformation might be achieved.

She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2013, was named a fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

"Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a model of courage," noted Bradley Foundation president and chief executive officer Michael W. Grebe.  "Her devotion to freedom, human rights, and particularly the protection of women is inspiring and is deserving of this honor."

The selection was based on nominations provided by more than 200 prominent individuals across the country and chosen by the Bradley Prizes Selection Committee.

"Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Ms. Hirsi Ali whose accomplishments strengthen freedom at home and abroad, with the hope that others will strive for excellence in their respective fields," Grebe said.

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