I think Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a clear sighted intellectual with moral and physical courage who has rejected Islam on moral, intellectual and social grounds at risk to her life and the lives of her friends. And Ayaan describes herself as an atheist.
Islam describes Ayaan as an Islamic apostate and so Islam has condemned Ayaan to the same death as her collegue, Theo Van Gogh, who was butched in the street in front of his home, with a note stuck to his chest with a knife, warning Ayaan that she was next.
Damn, Victor. I mentioned her in the very first reply to this thread. We could've skipped way ahead.
While a discussion about what constitutes "true" literature or "true" philosophy and where Ayn Rand falls in all of this is an interesting debate, it has nothing to do with the thread topic. Please feel free to start another (civil) thread about this, if you like
Moved to off-topic
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Neither love without knowledge, nor knowledge without love can produce a good life. - Bertrand Russell A herring's blog Johari / Nohari