'She's gorgeous, but with a fatwa, it's tricky to find guys.' Miss Hirsi Ali fled from Africa to the Netherlands in 1992.
She became a Dutch MP and has been the subject of threats from extremists since writing the controversial script for Submission.Its director, Theo Van Gogh, was shot dead in an Amsterdam street in 2004.I know it's an old cliché, but I think it has generally proven to be true: "The family that prays together stays together." But often we're told that it doesn't necessarily matter.They write: "The rate of divorce in the church is not the same as the rate among those who don't attend worship services ....It seems not to have worked and last month Ferguson and Miss Hirsi Ali, 40, were photographed sharing a tender embrace at a literary festival in India.
Ferguson, who is a director of the Centre for Policy Studies, a rightwing think-tank, is thought to have met Miss Hirsi Ali last May at a Time magazine party in New York.
A friend of his wife said: 'Sue has been prepared to forgive Niall's infidelities over the past two or three years because she so passionately believes in keeping the family together.' Two years ago Ferguson paid tribute to his wife and children when his bestselling book, The Ascent of Money, was published and became a Channel 4 TV series.
'To her and to our children, Felix, Freya and Lachlan, I owe the biggest debt,' he said in a dedication.
A death threat against Miss Hirsi Ali was pinned to his body.
Since then she has lived under police protection both in the Netherlands and in the U. where she is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, another think-tank.
A friend of Miss Douglas, 52, said: 'Despite all the lessons of history, Niall has set himself off in pursuit of some liberal idea of individual freedom and appears hellbent on breaking up his family.