Ayaan Hirsi Ali
I am 1/3 of the way through her autobiography, "Infidel." It is an intense story of her journey from radical islam to atheism.
She is also the author of "Submission," the film for which Theo van Gogh was shot and mutilated by a nutty muslim. The 5-page letter stabbed into his chest with a hunting knife was adressed to her.
She grew up in Somalia, Saudia Arabia, Ethioipa, and Kenya with a stict muslim upbringing. She was a victim of female curcumcision and fled an arranged marriage to seek asylum in the Netherlands. She bacame a Dutch MP in 2002 at age 32, but had to go into hiding following the murder of van Gogh. She left office in 2006 amidst immigration disputes. (She admits to falsifying info on her asylum application.) Currently, she holds a fellowship at American Enterprise Institute, supposedly a center-right think tank. She is embraced by the right because of her ant-islam stance, but her book demonstrates that she has been rational from a young age.
"The time appears to me to have come when it is the duty of all to make their dissent from religion known."
- John Stuart Mill