I normally try to find humor in a lot of the articles I write. However, this turn of events poses serious threat to the majority of the world. The Cultural Clashes – Colonization and Conquest and the reason it was so disturbing to me is that, unfortunately, it seems to be currently happening in many cultures throughout the world. The frightening part is that, moreover, it seems to be happening with chilling regularity to cultures that encourage freedom to their inhabitants. That very freedom is what seems to be suffering in the current face of these foundational cultural changes.
The turmoil arises when a group of people are allowed to enter a culture, and take advantage of the societal safety nets that exist for bona fide nationals resulting in services cut down or denied to those it was intended for, without any expectation of obligatory assimilation to the culture to which they are insinuating themselves in.
This in and of itself has the danger of sounding xenophobic, some would even say racist. The reason I am unable to see it as either xenophobic or racist is that it has nothing to do with closing off access to other cultures or singling out races. It has everything to do with the fabric of society and the imposition of alien practices on an existing culture originating from different newly introduced cultures.
Some cases in point:
In Great Britain an article in the Independent, published back in December of 2017, written by Lizzie Deardon, stated the police believe they exposed a new grooming gang in London as officers warn widespread abuse is taking place across the country. Four girls between the age of 13 and 15 have reported being raped by a group based around a McDonald’s in Stratford, triggering a crackdown that has so far identified at least 30 potential victims. Detectives believe the number will grow as they appeal for others to come forward, after arresting three boys and three men in Stratford. Police are already arresting around 420 men every month over child sexual exploitation across England and Wales, and the numbers continue to grow.
Former MP (Minister of Parliament) Sarah Champion, in 2015, then serving as the Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse, came under fire for daring to draw public attention to the problem of the preponderance of Pakistanis in the gangs. She did extensive work in child sexual exploitation, notably by chairing a cross-party inquiry into child sexual exploitation. She was forced to step down when she and a number of MPs attempted to remove Jeremy Corbyn. She was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities in October 2016. In November, she launched a National Action Plan (Dare2Care) to prevent child abuse and violence in teenage relationships. She remains an MP, but was forced to resign her shadow cabinet post nearly a year later, on August 16, 2017, after a major controversy. During an interview with BBC Radio 4, on August 10, she said, about a major grooming gang which had just been convicted in Newcastle upon Tyne: “All the towns where these cases have gone on, the majority of the perpetrators have been British Pakistanis….One of the things that, for example, on the news last night, there was a picture of eighteen of the people who were convicted, that seventeen of those were clearly Asian men.
“I find cultural clashes – colonization and conquest a very ominous and alarming trend. I recently heard a discussion covering this topic and found it totally and completely disturbing”
And it just pains me that this is going on time and time and time again, and the government aren’t researching what is going on. Are these cultural issues, some sort of message circulation inside the [Pakistani] community? We have got now hundreds of men, Pakistani men, who have been convicted of this crime. Why are we not commissioning research on what’s going on, and how we need to check and how we need to change what’s going on?”
The Sun which is portrayed to be a less prestigious paper also released a story on this issue as well and indicated
“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.”
Although Champion subsequently tried to distance herself from the article, it had done her no favors in the Labour Party, which has stressed its opposition to racism — except against Jews. A cross-party group of MPs wrote to The Sun, condemning the article. Even though Champion had courageously stated that, “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”, she was forced to resign on August 16.
Ironically, another Labour MP, Naz Shah, herself of Pakistani origin, tried to deflect Champion’s comments by stating, no doubt correctly, that nearly 90% of child abusers (presumably in the UK) are white men. She added, “What I won’t accept, or tolerate, is a narrative that demonizes every Pakistani man as a rapist.” But, of course, Champion had not been talking about child abuse in general in a mainly white country, only about the specifics of the grooming gang situation, previously unheard of in Britain; nor had she claimed for a moment that all Pakistani men were rapists. Not surprisingly, Shah herself (who had just been suspended in an antisemitism dispute, but then reinstated) was appointed in July this year to be the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, the very post Champion had held.
Champion, meanwhile, after death threats, had to be given increased security by the counter-terrorism police. So-called human rights activists, evidently caring nothing for the rights of little girls and teenagers in the North of England or presumably elsewhere, accused her of “industrial-scale racism”.
Although the sexual abuse of children and young teenagers occurs around the world, the grooming gang crisis in the UK, certainly in its wide extent, appears to be unique in the West. As far back as 2013, Britain’s Attorney General, Lord Morris of Aberavon, stated in the House of Lords that 27 police forces were then investigating no fewer than 54 alleged gangs involved in child sexual grooming.
By January 2018 trials proved there had been nine cities involved in the child sexual grooming. In August 2017, the Daily Express presented a map showing eight towns and cities where gangs had been active. There was a case highlighted involving a girl who was abducted by a Muslim gang when 15, held in captivity for twelve years, forced twice into marriage, repeatedly raped, beaten, and made to endure eight abortions. As in other cases, her family’s pleas for help were ignored by the police to whom they had turned. A baroness said “I know the girl and her family. Every sex grooming case is terrible. But the length and cruelty of her abduction make it the worst I have known.” She is a single victim, but it is likely that the gang involved will have dealt with more young women taken from the same streets.
Champion, incidentally, was not the first to draw attention to the crimes and the perpetrators. Another MP, Ann Cryer, had revealed details about grooming gangs in her Yorkshire constituency, Keighly, as far back as 2003. When she did so, she was “ridiculed, branded a racist, a liar and a fantasist [and] forced to install a panic button in her own home.”
There has also been a movement in the Netherlands by the Muslim commponent of the population to ban dogs. This is a recent phenomenon. There was a proposal brought to lawmakers by some, from a somewhat recently established Muslims enclave in the Netherlands, to ban dogs. The ban was declined by the lawmakers. Shortly thereafter there was a spate of dog poisonings and broken glass found at dog walks.
One explanation of Islamists view of canines is as follows:
As Islam spread throughout the Middle East and the world, it moved from being a religion of nomadic peoples to one centered in cities. The dogs of course protected property and shooed away intruders, but in cities dogs served an even more important function—they ate garbage. Citing excerpts from an article by Alan Mikhail, Professor of History at Yale University, July 26, 2017 in the publication Quartz India, (https://qz.com/india/1038116/the-moment-in-history-when-muslims-began-to-see-dogs-as-dirty-impure-and-evil/)
Muslims throughout history were in regular daily contact with many dogs in their midst. Many of the world’s largest cities in the millennium between 700 and 1700 were Muslim cities. As they did in the countryside, in cities too dogs played vital roles. From Damascus and Baghdad to Cairo and Istanbul, urban authorities supported dog populations as consumers of waste to keep city streets clean. Muslim leaders built watering troughs for dogs, many mosques threw out food for them, and butchers used them to keep away rats and other vermin. Humans who committed violence against urban canines were often punished. Muslim cities were much cleaner and more pleasant places with dogs than without them. They recognized how useful canines were as guards and cleaning agents and, we can only presume, developed quite intimate relationships with them built around regular contact and the kind of affection bred from co-dependence.
Where did the cultural idea of Islams hostility to dogs come from? The short answer is disease. About two hundred years ago, ideas about contagion began to change. People in the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere started to notice a correlation between outbreaks of plague, cholera, and malaria and the physical proximity of victims to places like cemeteries, garbage heaps, and swampy lakes. City planners and governments throughout the Middle East therefore started to excise these sources of disease from the increasingly crowded districts in which their people lived. As they collected and then pushed garbage outside city walls, they also unwittingly removed the dogs that ate this trash. Dogs used to keep streets clean. Now humans did. Not only was there simply less garbage to eat in cities, but the garbage that did remain was now seen as a threat to public hygiene and soon too were its canine consumers. The historic connections between dogs and trash did not serve the animal well, in just a few decades in the early nineteenth century, dogs came to be seen as both economically useless and hazardous to public health. The result? Dogs were no longer useful and productive urban residents, dogs were now seen as dangerous, disease-ridden, and expendable.
This relatively recent sea change in Muslim attitudes towards dogs explains the dominant view of the animal today. Some Muslim countries still keep dogs as status symbols, however, the majority of Muslims see dogs as dirty, impure, sometimes even evil
This is disturbing because those who have become new inhabitants of a country other than the land (and culture) of their origin are not willing to abide by the law of the land they now live in. This is colonization, NOT assimilation. The ultimate end result is that long time historical denizens of said land, their quintessential cultural and prevailing norms, are forced to change their attitudes, principles and mores. This is conquest.
I would wholeheartedly welcome those who would come to a new country and new culture to add to that culture, not to bring a microcosm of their culture to the new culture and eliminate the new culture. That would improve the quality of life to all involved instead of trying to dominate the culture that has been kind enough to allow them in.
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I find cultural clashes – colonization and conquest a very ominous and alarming trend.