Here’s a horror story from England showing more of the joys of multiculturalism. By that I mean not different cultures living together, but the inability of western societies to stand up for their own values in the face of Islam. It’s hardly bearable. The Times of Britain isn’t a tabloid, but it couldn’t avoid (or resist) the tabloid-type headline, “My imam father came after me with an axe.” The story by Dominic Lawson begins:
We are all too familiar with the persecution of Christians in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan. Yet sitting in front of me is a British woman whose life has been threatened in this country solely because she is a Christian. Indeed, so real is the threat that the book she has written about her experiences has had to appear under an assumed name.
Her father emigrated to Britain from Pakistan in the 1960s and is a respected imam. And…
He is also an incestuous child abuser, repeatedly raping his daughter from the age of five until she was 15, ostensibly as part of her punishment for being “disobedient”. At the age of 16 she fled her family to avoid the forced marriage they had planned for her in Pakistan. A much, much greater affront to “honour” in her family’s eyes, however, was the fact that she then became a Christian – an apostate. The Koran is explicit that apostasy is punishable by death; thus it was that her father the imam led a 40-strong gang – in the middle of a British city – to find and kill her.
The woman, who calls herself Hannah Shah, is now in her 30s, married and an Anglican — a member of the Church of England. She has not told the police about her father’s crimes because she hopes someday to be reconciled with her family. Read the whole article for more of her chilling story. But here’s the part I especially want to point out — illustrative of Britain’s extreme civilizational illness:
When, at school, she had finally summoned the courage to tell a teacher that her father had been beating her (she couldn’t bring herself to reveal the sexual abuse), the social services sent out a social worker from her own community. He chose not to believe Hannah and, in effect, shopped her to her father, who gave her the most brutal beating of her life. When she later confronted the social worker, he said: “It’s not right to betray your community.”
Hannah’s comment on this should be broadcast far and wide:
“My teachers had thought they were doing the right thing, they thought it showed ‘cultural sensitivity’ by bringing in someone from my own community to ‘help’, but it was the worst thing they could have done to me. This happens a lot.
The writer points out that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, reflected this mindset when he suggested last year that Muslims be allowed to use Sharia tribunals to deal with disputes within their community. You can guess what Hannah Shah thought of that:
“I was horrified.” If you could speak to him now, what would you say to the archbishop? “I would say: have you actually spoken to any ordinary Muslim women about the situation that they live in, in their communities? By putting in place these Muslim arbitration tribunals, where a woman’s witness is half that of a man, you are silencing women even more.”
And she points out that government officials never talk to women as representatives of the Muslim community; they just accept the word of (male) leaders of large Muslim organizations. Why is that? My answer is that they are afraid of Muslim men and won’t do anything that would make them angry (such as letting Geert Wilders into the country). Yes, the government asking women’s opinions would make many Muslim men extremely angry, so just sacrifice the women.
Hannah Shah goes on to talk about how Christians are persecuted in England, not just by Muslims but by the government.
She cites the recent cases of the nurse who was suspended for offering to pray for a patient and the foster parents who were struck off after a Muslim girl in their care converted to Christianity.
“Such people – I’m not talking about apostates like me – have been persecuted or ostracised in this country simply because they want to share their faith with others. People call this political correctness but I actually think it is based on a fear of Muslims, what they might do if provoked.”
It’s both. Elite opinion in Britain has long been anti-Christian, even before Muslims became such a significant force.
We are not so abjectly supine in the face of Islam in the United States as are the British, though we’re moving in that direction. I’m not sure if we lag behind because we are more willing to stand up for our culture or simply because the percentage of Muslims is far lower than in Britain. It would be interesting to know how social workers behave in areas with many Muslims, such as Dearborn, in cases like Hannah Shah’s. Do they make sure that only Muslim social workers investigate allegations of abuse?
I posted last year about a polygamous family in New York, discovered when their house caught on fire. The story I based the post on said:
The Times’s exceptionally well-researched story said that social-service workers have learned not to make an issue of polygamy in handing out benefits and guiding applicants, legal and otherwise, through the bureaucratic mazes of the welfare system. Doctors at hospitals turn a blind eye. The men speak for their wives. By quoting women who have left such marriages after abuse and misery, the story suggested that perhaps polygamy wasn’t quite as benign a multi-culti variant of our own cozy little practices as was being portrayed. Suffice it to say, however, that the story caused no changes in New York’s policies.
And we’ve posted quite a bit on honor killings which are never named as such, and other examples of “acquiescing to creeping sharia,” as Bruce Bawer put it in a great article. In fact, here are the links to my post on Bawer and Bawer’s article. Looking back at what we’ve written in our hundreds of posts in the category “diversity’s dark side,” and reading the interview with Hannah Shah, I wonder if someone should come up with an annual State of Our Dhimmitude report so we could check from year to year and see whether our submissiveness to Islam has progressed or if we’ve resisted and fought back.