Stay Selectively Quiet or Else
By John Thompson
Ramadan continues and has reached Day 17 with a modest total
of 89 attacks in the name of Islam (yielding 343 deaths so far), against 1
religiously-inspired attack seemingly carried about by a Hindu who objected to
a Muslim celebrating Ramadan by killing sacred cows. Likewise, the score that be laid against
"Islamophobics" remains at 0.00.
The trend looks good:
Lots of trash-talking as usual but the overall death rate seems lower
than the annual average. Canadians still
await news on the Bombay Bhel Restaurant bombing of May 25th, but
Peel Regional Police are keeping their lips sealed until they know more. This is salutary, but the tight lips should
end as the trial process commences.
However, the most explosive issue for all of us should be
the continuing incarceration of the British activist Tommy Robinson for
contempt of court. Robinson, who does have his rough edges,
persisted in trying to bring details about the continuing Rotherham Gang Rape
trials to the public.
For those unfamiliar with the story, a gang of "South Asian
men" (i.e. Muslims from Pakistan) in Rotherham, Yorkshire, may have raped as
many as 1,400 girls since the early 1990s.
As we know from similar episodes in France, Germany, Sweden and elsewhere,
the victims can include all young women (including Muslim girls), but the
"grooming gangs" are especially pernicious in using coercion and shame on
teenagers and children for the purposes of prostitution.
Pimps and rapists are unfortunately universal, but this scale
in a small town is frightening. The
difference is also its cultural and religious context -- as evinced by the ISIS
slavery of Yezidi women, the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls, the "Sex
Jihad" and any number of sex-obsessed opinions from sundry Salafist and Wahhabi
clerics, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
In our cheerful Multicultural society, there is no room to
discuss these little problems for all of us are happily (and voluntarily)
rubbing along together, right? No, why
nothing could be possibly be wrong and it is rude to bring up such issues. Having three or four of the brothers enacting
their favorite porn scenes with a 13-year old girl who has been threatened with
being burned alive is terrible . . . but wanting to publicly explore the possible
religious or culture implications, we can't have that!
Think what one may about Tommy Robinson, but he is the
single-most important champion of freedom of expression in a hitherto free
society around today. So long as he
remains behind bars, all of our freedoms are endangered.
could talk about other things . . . or not. Why this very week, Toronto
City Council was
treated to an Iftar event (the fast breaking at sunset on Ramadan). All
good multi-culti stuff: Politicians posing for photos; food being
offered to the homeless; a public celebration.
However, the prayers for the evening (recited inside City Council
Chambers) include references to Jews as "people who have earned the
Allah", and Christians as "people who were led astray."
The intrepid Tarek Fatah might be willing to talk about that
particular elephant in the room, yet it seems the assembled councillors smiled
and nodded approvingly as they listened to a prayer that most of them couldn't
City councillors and visitors who did speak Arabic appear to
have restrained themselves from interrupting with the reminder: "takhatiy dhlk
aljuz', al'akh , alyhwd walmasihiiyn hum jiranuna altayibun huna." ("Skip the next part, brother, Jews and
Christians are our good neighbours here.")
This is a shame, because Toronto's mayor and Councillor de
Baeremaeker had swiftly denounced the spray-painting vandalism at the Wali ul
Asr School in Scarborough, earlier this week.
Some pimple-face with a spray can had expressed some nasty opinions on the
school's sign; and denunciation (and a city clean-up crew) had rushed to the
Tory and Baeremaeker at least refrained from branding the
episode as an example of Islamophobia -- after all, Wali ul Asr is a Shia school
and the Picasso with a spray-can might have been a Sunni. Hopefully, we'll know if a trial ever comes
One hopes these two leaders of the community will be as swift and resolute when somebody -- inspired by openly recited prayers in our public spaces -- does the same thing to a Synagogue or a church.