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Post-Christian Tolerance Dismissed the Rape of 1,400 English Girls

Muslim rape was covered upWhen she was twelve years old, Lucy, a British school girl, was gang raped by nine men in their 20s. During the ordeal the men “stood over her, cheering and jeering, and blinding her with the flash of their cameras.”

It gets worse. This was not an isolated crime, but a pattern in the northern England city of Rotherham. From 1997-2013, some 1,400 (mostly) white girls, as young as 11 years old, were raped, gang raped, trafficked to other cities and/or sold.

It gets even worse than that. Police and city officials knew about these crimes and equivocated. For 13 years city officials enabled the abuse of the very citizens whose health and safety were their responsibility. Why? Because the perpetrators were Asian Muslims.

Now the truth has finally been revealed by Alexis Jay, Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and past Chief Social Work Adviser to the Scottish Government. In a devastating report on child abuse in Rotherham, Jay writes: “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated.”

In addition to being raped and gang raped, girls were “groomed” for trafficking to other cities. Lucy’s story has now been told:

It started on the bumper cars in the children’s arcade of the local shopping mall. Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream.

Over time, older men were introduced to them. One man in particular, a Pakistani twice her age, flattered her and bought her drinks and even a mobile phone. Lucy liked him.

The rapes started gradually, once a week, then every day: by the war memorial in Clifton Park, in an alley near the bus station, in countless taxis and, once, in an apartment where she was locked naked in a room and had to service half a dozen men lined up outside.

She obliged. How could she not? They knew where she lived. “If you don’t come back, we will rape your mother and make you watch,” they would say.

Jay’s report summarizes the pattern of “grooming” young women for abuse:

… a period of courting with young men in public places like town centers, bus stations or shopping malls; the gradual introduction of cigarettes, alcohol and sometimes harder drugs; a sexual relationship with one man, who becomes the “boyfriend” and later demands that the girl prove her love by having sex with his friends; then the threats, blackmail and violence that have deterred so many girls from coming forward.

Many of the girls were kept silent by threats. Professor Jay: “There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone.”

Five Rotherham men are now in jail, with ongoing investigations into other possible perpetrators. In other British cities nine Muslim men with Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan background are in prison after the abuse of 47 girls.

I became aware of this horrible abuse when a friend sent me a link to the transcription of a National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast. As I read, like many others, I was shocked. Both the crimes and the scope of the cover-up were stunning. I kept asking myself, “Who were the perpetrators?” Not until well into the article were they identified as Pakistani. NPR never did classify them as Muslims.

In one article the men were labeled pedophiles, in another Asians. Why the refusal to expose their Muslim identity? Fear? Is the lack of transparency a result of multi-culturalism? Perhaps these publishers had the same fear that motivated the police and Rotherham City Council to stall the investigation: fear of being called Islamophobic or culturally insensitive. Consider what this political correctness cost in suffering, pain and life-long scarring in thousands of precious girls and their families. It was the arrogance of the multi-culturalist that covered up this atrocity.


Multiple rape cases went uninvestigated for 13 years

Jay’s report detailed that local authorities received accusations for years but had ignored, denied, or failed to pursue them. They walked on egg shells so as not to offend religious or ethnic minorities.

The South Yorkshire Police that had jurisdiction over the incidences used a variety of mechanisms to avoid engagement in these cases. Often they dismissed charges by claiming the sex had been consensual. One researcher was silenced when trying to expose the pattern to the police. Often police would not respond for 24 hours to frantic calls from parents. They suppressed and ignored evidence. Some parents were fined for “wasting police time.” Police arrested some fathers, who in frustration of police inaction, tried to track down their own daughters.

Jay’s report cited the attitude of some civic officials: “Some [Rotherham city] councillors seemed to think it was a one-off problem, which they hoped would go away. Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”

Before Professor Jay’s report saw the light of day, three other accounts were suppressed by the authorities. One whistleblower was told, “You must never refer to that again, you must never refer to Asian men” and then assigned to a two-day “ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.” She went on to add, “I was subjected to the most intense personal hostility. There were threats made from a range of sources. … I still feel extremely angry about that.”

This is collective failure, malfeasance even, on the part of the city leaders.

Why was the truth suppressed? Because of the modern virtue of tolerance! Moral relativism leads to cultural relativism. The climate of political correctness means that anyone who exposes such abuses could be labeled racist and Islamophobic. And so this spiral of silence allowed the police and city council members to evade responsibility.

Rape played down by media outlets

In the meantime, NPR and other media outlets played down the Muslim connection. They did not want to be accused of racism and Islamophobia so they remained silent as to the reality.

How did we get to such a level of denial and civic incompetence and multicultural blindness? It began when Europe and the USA abandoned their historic roots in Judeo-Christian faith. That desertion began the slow death of objective truth, moral clarity, and beauty. In their place has risen moral and cultural relativism. What we are witnessing, as exampled by the events in England, is political correctness run amuck.

We see a potent mixture of Islam’s animus towards women and the West’s failure to respond because of moral and cultural relativism. This creates a perfect storm for the abuse of young girls over long periods of time. How many millions of young women around the world suffer because of this witches’ brew? The silence of the West, especially western feminists, at the plight of women in the Muslim world (and Hindu and animistic worlds) is deafening. Do feminists only care for certain women? Do they not care for women born into poor or middle-class homes? Do they not care for the plight of hundreds of millions of females in the developing world?

Europe and the United States abandoned the Judeo-Christian foundations of Western legal structures. That vacuum gave rise to cultural relativism and now another sinister framework is advancing as well. Sharia law is gaining acceptance in more and more Western communities. The atheist elites of the Western world control the boundaries of discourse in Western societies. While they seek to silence people of biblical faith, they are empowering the Muslim community by creating a space in Western societies for sharia law.

There’s a powerful irony: the tyranny of Islam’s sharia law is at the opposite end of the spectrum from cultural relativism. It seeks to destroy pluralistic societies, replacing them with rigid male-dominated societies. The cultural relativism of the West is providing an opening for sharia law. That same sharia will eventually destroy the societies led by those elites who promote tolerance and multiculturalism.

Under Western legal tradition the British girls would be protected by the community and its leaders against the kind of abuse they suffered. Or, if abused, they would have had an avenue for redress. Under sharia law, they have no protections and little-to-no opportunity for redress.

Dennis Prager wrote about this story in his Town Hall article, 1,400 English Girls Raped by Multiculturalism:

So why did the judge “question whether it was a cultural problem”?

Because morally judging cultures (except Christian, Israeli and American cultures) is forbidden by the left. Indeed not judging non-Western cultures is the very definition of “multiculturalism.”

And finally, from the same report: Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of Muslim organization the Ramadhan Foundation, “to suggest that this is somehow ingrained in the community is deeply offensive.”

“Offensive?” But what, Mr. Shafiq, if it’s true?

The answer is clear and important. For the multicultural left and the victim-status groups it defends — and for the millions of young people the Left has indoctrinated at schools and universities — whether something is true is not what matters. What matters is whether it can be deemed offensive by the left.

If truth were the coin of the realm this would have been exposed and dealt with years ago. But because in post-Christian culture the coin of the realm is tolerance, this evil was sustained for over a decade in Rotherham, and has existed for generations in Moslem, Hindu, Confucian, and Animistic societies around the world.

We live in a time of no-fault car insurance and no-fault divorce. Now we have no-fault culture. Cultural relativism means no one may make a judgment on culture and no one is at fault for cultural consequences. No one needs to connect the dots between a culture, its behaviors, and the consequences of those behaviors. An irresponsible press remains silent about the religious/ethnic background of the perpetrators. In fact, why even call them crimes? An irresponsible police department and an irresponsible city council ignore the reality of rape and brutality of young girls. All this out of the fear of being called racist and Islamophobic.

The Quran endorses polygyny and the right of husbands to beat their wives. It sanctions Muslim rape of non-Muslim women and selling the same as brides to Muslim men. Too often Islamic culture institutionalizes misogyny and vicious sexism. The prophet Muhammad modeled such behavior: to his existing trove of wives, he added six-year-old Aisha and consummated the marriage when she was 10 and he was 53!

At least 1,400 young British girls have been brutalized and will carry physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives. Millions of girls and women around the world are suffering pain and violence because of no-fault culture.

What folly that such atrocities could be covered up in the name of tolerance. Surely such a trail of folly cannot indefinitely continue. Will we wake up, or will we walk off into an abyss from which no society can return?

What real price are we willing to pay for the illusion of multi-culturalism’s no-fault culture?

  • Darrow Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).