In August 2017 the Labour Member of Parliament [MP] for Rotherham in Yorkshire, England wrote an article in the mass circulation British newspaper The Sun. In that article Sarah Champion wrote explicitly about the problem of sexual exploitation of young white girls by men of Pakistani [Muslim] background.
For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage. We have to have grown-up conversations, however unpalatable, or in six months’ time we will be having this same scenario all over again. The irony of all of this is that, by not dealing with the ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness has actually made the situation about race. The perpetrators are criminals and we need to deal with them as such, not shy away from doing the right thing by fearing being called a racist. I’m writing this as I don’t know what else to do to try and protect our children from grooming and sexual abuse by gangs.
As a result, she was criticised by the Leader of her Party, Jeremy Corbyn, and effectively removed as the Labour’s Shadow spokesman for Women and Equality.
On 19th October 2018 came the news that 20 men of Pakistani [Muslim] background had been found guilty of just such offences in Huddersfield. The trials had been going on since January 2018 but the court had banned the reporting of proceedings.
The convictions are but the latest in a string of such cases of systematic abuse by men of Pakistani background in major towns across England. The first occured in 2014 with the convictions for offences in Rotherham, Yorkshire.
It is essential to point out that a British Muslim of Pakistani background was a key player in the British prosecution service ensuring that these criminals were brought to justice. His name is Nazir Afzal.
In her article, Sarah Champion raises 3 critical matters.
- the criminal phenomenon associated with this particular community
- the suffocating influence of political correctness
- the protection of the younger generation against such abuse
A particular problem
There is a particular problem here with men in the Pakistani immigrant community in England. No other immigrant group is manifesting such rates of criminal conviction for gang grooming girls from a different social group.
The problem was reported as widespread back in 2014 in a book called Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal by Peter McLoughlin – with a revised edition published in 2016. Court convictions since have confirmed a problem exists.
The Islamic faith is a marked feature of this immigrant group, and there are marked attributes of that religion which might suggest an answer.
The word ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’. The religion believes that all human beings should submit to its paradigm which it regards as superior to all others. Adherents are to submit to its teachings, and women submit to men. Those who have adhered to this religion, but then reject it, are liable to the ultimate sanction: the death penalty. Those who refuse to submit to the religion make themselves its enemies, and can be treated as such.
I have heard interviews with Muslims at the time of terrorist attacks in London in 2017 who were reluctant to deny that the perpetrators would have gone to heaven …
Islam has an interesting conception of heaven. Men will enjoy the sexual pleasure of women forevermore. Men who die in the process of killing non Muslims in the name of that religion are believed to go to such a heaven as their reward.
An educated man like Nazir Afzal may be able to spiritualise, allegorize and moralise all these features, but the question is: What is the likely psychological impact of such a belief system? Educated Muslims may well identify the serious issues of a literal and fundamentalist interpretation of their religion, see the conflict it creates with western societies, and take corrective action.
But most people are not as well educated as Nazir Afzal.
If the Islamic worldview is in question here, so is that of political correctness. Political correctness is the propaganda manifestation of the authoritarian Socialist Left.
In this world view, the past is full of evil. The past is dominated by exploitation – exploitation by privileged white men. Men exploited women; white colonialists exploited other races; the capitalist exploited the working classes; and the Church connived at this by teaching people to be content with their lot.
So PC is internationalist, multi-culturalist, collectivist and corporatist, totally egalitarian, anti Christian. In short, materialistic humanism.
As the white man, especially the privileged white men, were the exploiters, they are the devil in this worldview. They are the sinners in this religion. Ergo all other groups are the exploited, sinless victims who must be avenged and compensated. They are the Saints.
A fundamental philosophical as well as desperately practical problem has therefore been posed for the adherents of political correctness whose worldview is prevalent in western politics, academia and media.
How do you react when one set of saints [racial/religious minority] exploits another set of saints [women] ?
In the first instance, you reject entirely any idea that such a conflict exists. Hence the persistent refusal of the authorities to recognise this problem. When the evidence becomes too much you then have to minimise its meaning. Hence the constant playing down by one means or another [eg banning media reporting for ten months and then airing the issue on national media for an obligatory 24 hours only; eg getting experts to say that sexual crime is predominantly committed by white men – BBC radio 4’s afternoon news on 19th October and again in the morning news on 20th October 2018].
What the situation demands of believers in Islam and Political Correctness is to take a serious look at their own world view, see the issues and make conscious decisions about what needs to be done. Civilised values and lifestyle are at stake.
Protecting the young
So how do we attempt to protect the younger generation from such abuse – indeed abuse in general ?
More rules and regulations won’t answer. Clearly it is a question of the philosophical and consequent moral outlook a society chooses to adopt. Political correctness is patently part of the problem, not the solution.
We could hardly do worse than teach Christianity as likely to have the desired effect on our nation’s moral climate.
In that worldview we are all made in the image of God and therefore precious. We are all capable of doing wrong to others, so the answer is for each of us to recognise our moral responsibilities to others – not demand our ‘Rights’ while neglecting our responsibilities. We are all answerable to the God who made us – who will punish us individually for the wrong we do to others. We are to practice that sacrificial love towards one another which God has demonstrated in the teaching and cross of Jesus Christ.
Whether you accept that worldview or not, and whether you believe in the Christian God or not, the psychology engendered by such Christian beliefs must surely make for a far better moral climate in our society.
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