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There’s a link between Donald Trump and the New Year’s Eve Cologne attacks.
The New Year began in ugly fashion at the train station in Cologne, Germany. At least 100 German women were groped and raped.
Der Spiegel wrote about “… drunk young men from North Africa who formed gangs to go after defenseless individuals. They humiliated and robbed — and they sexually assaulted women.”
The paper described the perpetrators as an estimated 1000 “young foreign men who spoke neither German nor English.”
The men didn’t speak German or English because they were neither. They were immigrants from “North Africa and the Middle East.” But to identify them as Muslim would not be politically correct.
The culture that produced these young men generally sees women as the property of men. These men were simply treating German women the way they are allowed to treat non-Muslim women in their own countries.
What happened in Cologne and other European cities that night may be hard to fathom for the Western mind. But in the Muslim mind it has a name حرش جماعي, taharush, meaning “collective harassment” or the “rape game.” This “game” is practiced when a group of men gather around a targeted female. Part of the gang gropes and rapes the woman, while the rest of the gang protects the attackers from being interrupted.
It looks like taharush has come to Europe!
In the West, women and men have equal rights before the law. Under sharia law women are not equal to men. In fact, for men from North Africa and the Middle East to assimilate into Western culture is very difficult because of their attitude toward women. When these Muslim men were acting out in the Cologne train station they were simply following the cultural pattern where Muslim men are free to abuse, rape and even sexually enslave non-Muslim women.
The German government has tried to bury the story because they do not want to be seen as culturally insensitive to the Muslim community and the one million Muslim refugees newly in their midst.
Cologne’s Mayor Henriette Reker added fuel to the fire. She said publicly that the victims should have walked faster to get away from their attackers. She also noted that in the future, women should adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent these events from recurring. Translation: It’s obviously the victim’s problem to solve.
The response of German authorities to such events has been to bury the story and bring pressure on the police to keep quiet. They have asked Twitter, Facebook and Google to revise their policies so as to limit the free speech of angry Germans using social media.
This is political correctness run amok.
On the eve of the assaults, in her New Year’s greeting to the country, Chancellor Angela Merkel said:
It is important that we not let ourselves be divided – not into generations, not into social groups, and not into those that are already here and those that are new citizens.
People should not follow “those with coldness, or even hate in their hearts, and who claim the right to be called German for themselves alone and seek to marginalize others.”
Free speech and freedom of conscience is limited by the cultural relativism and political correctness promoted by a society’s elites.
We have written about a similar example in Rotherham, England. For 15 years, the police and government officials covered up the rapes and sexual enslavement of 1,400 English girls by Muslim men. The officials of Rotherham sacrificed the health and safety of their daughters on the altar of cultural relativism and political correctness.
While the politically correct power brokers avert their eyes from moral evil, average German and British citizens are afraid to speak out for fear of being called racist, or Islamophobic.
On November 5, 2009, Army Major Nidal Hassan attacked fellow service men and women at Fort Hood army base in Texas. He shot to death 13 and wounded 32. As he fired, he yelled the jihadist “war cry” – Allahu Akbar – “God is [the] greatest.” The U.S. administration would not call this a jihadist attack, opting instead for the label “workplace violence.” In December, the same impulse drove the administration to use the same moniker to initially downplay the ISIS-inspired attack in in San Bernardino. They dropped the term only when international exposure to the truth forced their hand.
This same political correctness is driving the creation of “safe spaces” on US college campuses.
But this US election cycle is challenging political correctness.
For example, a reporter asked presidential candidate Dr. Rand Paul about his views on abortion. Instead of simply affirming the reporter’s assumptions, Dr. Paul challenged them. Other candidates have followed suit.
But one candidate is at the head of the pack. Of the candidates challenging political correctness, the “Big Dog” is businessman Donald Trump.
In the January 4th Washington Post article, “Why Trump may be winning the war on ‘political correctness’,” authors Karen Tumulty and Jenna Johnson write:
Cathy Cuthbertson once worked at what might be thought of as a command post of political correctness — the campus of a prestigious liberal arts college in Ohio.
“You know, I couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas.’ And when we wrote things, we couldn’t even say ‘he’ or ‘she,’ because we had transgender. People of color. I mean, we had to watch every word that came out of our mouth, because we were afraid of offending someone, but nobody’s afraid of offending me,” the former administrator said.
All of which helps explain why the 63-year-old grandmother showed up at a recent Donald Trump rally in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where she moved when she retired a year ago.
The Republican front-runner is “saying what a lot of Americans are thinking but are afraid to say because they don’t think that it’s politically correct,” she said. “But we’re tired of just standing back and letting everyone else dictate what we’re supposed to think and do.”
Is Donald Trump voicing the concerns of many who are afraid to speak up?
Why are so many people supporting Mr. Trump at this point in the election cycle? Could it be that Trump is speaking things that many people are thinking but afraid to say? Perhaps people are being freed to speak their minds. The United States is a free society where the First Amendment to the Constitution established freedom of speech, worship, and conscience. These rights have been trampled by the modern thought police. Instead of acquiescing to political correctness, Donald Trump is leading a rebellion.
This is not about agreeing or disagreeing with Trump’s politics. I’m not endorsing his demeanor or behavior. In fact, I’m not a supporter of Mr. Trump. He comes across as an unprincipled and crude school-yard bully.
Trump knows how to entertain. He’s gifted at setting the agenda for the national discussion among friends and foes alike. But he seems to spew words without thinking (or perhaps he is “thinking tactically”). He often appears to take little thought of the impact his words have on real people and communities. Yet his speeches often establish the topic of the national discussion for another week.
Trump has the ability to identify an issue everyone is thinking about but is afraid to talk about in the current climate of political correctness, which is really a cultural fascism. Political correctness stifles free speech and political debate, and even limits the freedom of conscience and religious conviction of the soul.
Because of political correctness, the German government stifled public discussion of taharush – the rape game being played out by Muslim immigrants against German women. The average German and American are tired of being told that they cannot think or speak certain things. Trump’s mouth has brought the issue of politically correct culture to the forefront of people’s minds in a way that no one else has been able to do.
Mr. Trump has a huge megaphone. He’s using it to attack political correctness. He’s encouraging others not to cower before the reigning tyranny. If Donald Trump does nothing else in this election cycle but torpedo political correctness in the German, European and American elites, he will have done a tremendous service.
How about you? Are you an independent thinker, or do you tend to be stifled by political correctness?
For more on this see the Washington Post story.
- Darrow Miller