Rotherham report and the ‘culture of Muslims’
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Monday September 01 2014
Allison Pearson in her column for the Daily Telegraph on Thursday covered the report last week by Professor Alexis Jay on the failings of statutory bodies, police forces and politicians that allowed child sex grooming to persist in Rotherham for 16 years affecting 1,400 young girls.
And in the vein of many others who have used the scandal to point fingers at British Muslims, Pearson does much the same by blaming sensitivity to the ‘culture of Muslims’ for holding local officials back from investigating claims of abuse.
Adding that the crimes of the men of Pakistani descent involved in the grooming gangs amounted to an indictment of ‘multiculturalism’, Pearson goes on to cite a poll which show a remarkable degree of antipathy towards Muslims. She notes, “A recent poll showed that 44 per cent of young Britons believe that Muslims do not share the same values as the rest of the population, while 28 per cent said they felt Britain would be “better off” with fewer Muslims.”
Quite why this is relevant is not obvious unless Pearson is advancing child sex grooming and exploitation as one of the ‘values’ Muslims do not share with the rest of the population. Or indeed suggesting that the “28 per cent [who] said they felt Britain would be “better off” with fewer Muslims” were regarding a Britain free of paedophilia and child exploitation when assessing what Britain without Muslims might look like? And is the inference at all valid when one considers the scandals that have come to light in recent years involving care homes, politicians in Westminster, high profile television personalities etc.
Pearson repeats thrice Obama’s claim about the murderers of James Foley, “No just God would stand for what they did”. But she does not stop to consider her fulsome anti-Muslim prejudice yet another act ‘No just God would stand’.