British cops overlook child sex trafficking ring…

because they didn’t want to look racist. And by “racist” they meant “critical of Muslims”.

The Church is caught between two diseased forms of spirituality: a watery secular spirituality that preserves in distorted and dilute forms certain virtues about “tolerance” and “diversity” out of the Christian tradition, and an inflamed and violent spirituality that preserves a few other distorted and exaggerated virtues out of the Abrahamic tradition. Meanwhile, the Church must soldier on, being what she is and trusting God, not in chariots and horses.

And, of course, we must face the fact that judgment begins with the house of God.

For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? And
“If the righteous man is scarcely saved,
where will the impious and sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator. (1 Pe 4:17–19).

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  • http://bloggoliard.wordpress.com/ Blog Goliard

    I’m not sure whether it was the Muslim angle or the preying-on-whites angle that made them fear looking racist.

    From the story: “The perpetrators often worked together and were mostly of Pakistani heritage; the victims were mostly white girls, the report says.”

    Consigning such cases to the memory hole–while obsessing over those where the shoe is on the other foot–is a habit on both sides of the pond. I understand that they don’t want to incite racist reactions…but I’m afraid the attempt to sweep it under the rug only benefits people like the “race realists” and the BNP in the long run.

    • Elaine S.

      Some stories I’ve read elsewhere indicate that most of the girls victimized by these sex trafficking rings were lower-class, often from dysfunctional or broken homes — which not only made them more vulnerable from the start, but also prompted the authorities to take their complaints less seriously.

      Sort of like how in the U.S. a serial killer or rapist that preys only or primarily on black or Hispanic women, or on white women who are caught up in drug abuse or prostitution, will not inspire nearly the level of public concern that someone preying randomly on respectable middle- or upper-class white women will. The latter type of case (e.g., Natallee Holloway, JonBenet Ramsey, Son of Sam, Ted Bundy) gets wall to wall national media coverage while the former type may get perfunctory local coverage at best.

      Case in point: There was a case a few years ago in my area of a serial killer (white male) who preyed exclusively on black prostitutes; not until he had killed about 5 or 6 women did the police or the media even notice that there might be a serial killer on the loose. He was finally caught, and given life without parole (Illinois no longer has the death penalty) but only after he had killed, IIRC, 7 or 8 women in all. My point is that his crimes weren’t taken as seriously from the get-go and I suspect a similar attitude might have, tragically, been in play in the British case.

  • Mike Blackadder

    Maybe the Brits figure that sacrificing a few girls is a price they are willing to pay to maintain peace; that is, ‘peace’ according to the shallower definition which is becoming ever more popular in all intellectual circles.

    • Joseph

      Like *peaceful* religion.

    • cmfe

      Honesty, when it comes to sacrificing a few to maintain the peace, as Catholics we don’t have to look any farther than ourselves. I don’t see racism here as much as the strong preying on the weak. God bless those hurting.

      • Mike Blackadder

        I don’t know that them being ‘white girls’ is really significant either. The fact that it is organized Islamists behind this sex trafficking ring is significant though. The police are afraid of being perceived as racist and the disproportionate response that would follow from them simply enforcing the law and protecting innocent people which is their job. So obviously it’s more than just the strong preying on the weak. It’s political correctness turned intellectual absurdity where every other value that we hold as a society is open for compromise.

      • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

        Yes to this. Back in the day, instead of “racist” it was “criticizing the church”.

  • Joseph

    Where are the great defenders of Islam? Anyhoo… did the article say anything about the clientelle? They set up shop in England. Surely, they had customers. Were the customers English whites or were they members of the same community.

    “Authorities turned to male community leaders and imams and greatly left out women. Many ethnic Pakistani women told the Inquiry that it made them feel disenfranchised and prevented people from speaking openly about abuse.” – This indicates a problem within the Muslim community as a whole, not just restricted to the perpetrators of the crime. As you can see, the problem was *known* within the community and conveniently ignored. This is similar to what we see in the Middle East. As long as it’s not Muslims *who deserve it* that are being executed, it doesn’t require attention or action from the larger community.
    I suppose my query will be met with the typical *Islam is a religion of peace* combox warriors… because Muslims show every day just how peaceful their religion is. It’s not like there’s a history of violence at all. People who doubt the claim have absolutely no evidence whatsoever and are just meanie racists.

  • Sharon

    If the breaking news was about a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing someone the media would have his address, picture and phone number along with the allegations on the front page all before the priest had been brought to trial and a verdict pronounced.. Talk about selective outrage!

    • Joseph

      Well, because Catholic teaching is completely contrary to that behaviour and a Catholic priest would have been heavily trained in moral theology and sworn to uphold it, it is especially reprehensible when that Catholic priest does something of the sort. I look back to Jesus speaking to the Apostles (the future bishops of the Church) on children: “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea”. This is a message to us all, but he was speaking *directly* to the future leaders of the Church who would take up His torch. So, I don’t feel sorry in the least for a Catholic priest who is a proven molester. I’m sure he’d read that verse more than once in his life, he knew what he was getting into. He is fully culpable whereas someone who was raised in the morally obtuse cesspool of secular society may not be.
      In the case of the Muslims, it’s clearly debateable whether or not their religion teaches one to behave this way. A very *large* percentage of the followers of Islam think it is absolutely justified and desirous of their god to kill innocent people. Another and separately *large* percentage believe that it’s OK that others in their religion kill innocent people as long as they are not *practicing* Muslims. And another large percentage believe that they can remain neutral when their brethren commit such offenses.
      So, it is much worse for a Catholic priest to commit evil than it is the followers of a violent religion who believe they are practicing what is right and good.


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