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Dutch MP to make gay Islam film
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is also planning a book written for Muslims
A Somali-born Dutch MP who collaborated on the film that led to the murder of director Theo van Gogh has written a sequel, about Islam's attitude to gays.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali received death threats after her work on Submission, a film about Islam's treatment of women.

Van Gogh was shot and stabbed by a Muslim radical, Mohammed Bouyeri, as he cycled through Amsterdam in 2004.

The film will use anonymous actors and carry no credits in an effort to protect those involved in the project.

Ms Ali told Dutch media that she had co-written the script with Van Gogh in the summer of 2004, months before he was killed last November.

"I examine the position of homosexuals in Islam in the film Submission II," she told the De Volkskrant newspaper.

"In the movie, they are called Allah's creatures," she added.

The MP is an outspoken critic of Islamic values and describes herself as a "lapsed" Muslim.


Mainstream Islamic thought treats Islam and homosexuality as incompatible, and hostility to homosexuals is widespread in many parts of the Muslim world.

Theo van Gogh
Theo van Gogh's killer pinned a note with Koranic verses on his body
In 2002, openly gay Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn accused Islam of being homophobic. He was murdered by an animal rights activist during an election campaign.

Ms Ali's original short film caused an uproar when aired on Dutch TV.

The plot centred around a Muslim woman forced into a marriage against her wishes, who was then beaten, raped and punished for falling in love with someone else.

Ms Ali was forced into hiding when she received death threats after Van Gogh's killing.

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