UF: Equal Opportunity Critics

Folks, I’ve been thinking a bit about some of the posts that the UF team has brought you recently, and it seems to me that we might have inadvertantly implied that Christians, particularly Catholics priests, are the only people who could possibly claim moral and ethical superiority while simultaneously raping children. Well, I think it’s time to right that wrong.

Mohammed Hanif Khan - Child Rapist

Mohammed Hanif Khan - Child Rapist

Meet Mohammed Hanif Khan. Mister Khan has taken it upon himself to prove that Imams can be child rapists too. By raping children. You can read the full story on the BBC news site, but I want to comment on one aspect of it, specifically this quote from the judge, Justice Dobbs:

“Your actions have had a significant effect on the community. The boys have been reviled by the community for bringing shame on the community.”

Um. Just. But. Wow. The boys are the ones who’ve brought shame on the community?! In similar fashion to Catholics who fell over themselves to ostracise children who had been raped for the terrible crime of being raped and daring to object to being raped, the Muslim “community” of Stoke-On-Trent have, it seems, reacted to a well-respected rapist by blaming the victims. Religious folk really do have fantastic moral compasses, don’t they? I can’t decide whether the judge has been very clever or particularly obtuse by phrasing it that way: “You’ve harmed the community, but the community are being a bunch of assholes about it anyway”. Either way, I find it deeply disturbing that a Judge could imply (if imply is the right word, I actually think it’s a pretty unambiguous wording) that the victims of a rapist have brought shame on their community by being raped. Nobody who thinks that way (or who is too stupid to realise that what they’re saying makes it sound like they think that way) has got any business being a judge.

  • Justice Gustin

    “The boys have been reviled by the community”

    Could the judge be saying that the COMMUNITY reviled against the boys, in which case the community is the one putting blame on the kids.

    If this is true, than the judge was just stating a fact.

    Khan is still a sick f*ck and needs severe punishment!

  • Hans

    I agree with Justice Gustin up there. The judge wasn’t saying that the boys brought shame on the community, but that the community felt that the boys had done that and reviled them for it.

  • Morpheus91

    It’s really sad that similar stories (i.e. trusted authority figure takes advantage of “flock”) are so common that this one just leaves me numb, instead of inspiring the horror it truly deserves.

    On a side note, I don’t think UF really implies that Christianity is the only religion guilty of such atrocities, it just happens that Christianity is, in the western world at least, the most wide-spread, dominant, and oppressive religion.

  • http://fugodeus.com/ Nox

    I was going to say blaming rape victims is a perfectly accurate interpretation of sharia, but apparently this was a UK court. Justice Dobbs is Linda Dobbs? That seems a little weird.

    I couldn’t find a complete version of the judge’s statement so it’s a little hard to determine intent. But I could possibly see this statement (“You were the imam and not only were you the boys’ teacher you were the boys’ guide. You were taken into the hearts of the community and treated like a god. One of the boys described you as being so big you were like the Queen. Your actions have had a significant effect on the community. The boys have been reviled by the community for bringing shame on the community.”) being a way to shame Khan by appealing to islamic values.

    Something along the lines of “hey not only did you break the law, but you failed in your duties as imam”. A poor choice of words in any case.

    It could also be a response to Khan’s specific legal defense (trying to help “unruly boys”):

  • http://scientificuniversalist.blogspot.com/ Sammy

    I agree that the judge was indicating that the community itself thought the boys had brought shame upon the community and that’s why they were reviled, not that the judge thought the boys had actually brought shame on the community. It looks like the statement was poorly worded, although, in fairness, it might look quite different in context.

  • Justice Gustin

    Not to side with Khan, but I have witnessed false accusations regarding sexual harassment between an employee and her boss. She got mad at him and decided to start trouble. Long story short, It ruined the mans’ career and reputation (hers’ too, but whatever) and cost him much $.

    I can only hope the jury can find the truth and apply appropriate punishment.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      I’m not really sure how that’s relevant? Not to be critical, but rape prosecution rates in the UK are pitiful (something like 5% of rapes are succesfuly prosecuted), and I sincerely doubt it’s because 95% of accusations are false!

      • http://a-million-gods.blogspot.com/ AVlCENNA

        The issue in the UK is that it is actually seriously hard to prosecute rape because firstly most rape occurs within the family and women simply don’t report it because of the trauma of the crime or the belief that nothing will happen. The second issue is that rape requires proof. Saying you were raped and dropping the finger on someone is not justice, what you need is a quick reporting and medical evidence.

        We need to fight rape in two ways, education of our own kids to respect women, to encourage women to fight for equality and never compromise and to improve the reporting and correct prosecution of rape. Correct is important.

        In this case the muslim communities assume that “because you can recite from a Koran” means you must be good while the kids must be bad. It’s the same kind of attitude where people are stoned for being raped. As if they had a choice.

      • wintermute

        But obviously, the fact that some people accused of rape are innocent, we have to assume that all so-called rape “victims” are liars, just as we require burglary victims to prove they didn’t invite someone to take all their stuff.

        • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

          It took me a second to spot the sarcasm there. Must reset filters.

          • wintermute

            That’s the problem with Poe’s Law. There are people who say that and mean it.

            • Yoav

              Case in point: our good friend, Georgia state representative (and misogynistic retudlican), Bobby Franklin.

      • Justice Gustin

        Why so few? Are the defense attorneys that good or are the jurors rigged or what?

        A 5% conviction rate is pathetic.

  • http://volunteer11.blogspot.com Vol-E

    No, it sounds more to me that the judge understands Islamic culture. That’s why there are “honor killings” and so forth – the mindset is that if a person (most commonly a woman) is raped, they have brought shame, dishonor, disgrace upon their family. I imagine that must go tenfold for males who become rape victims. She did address the remarks to the perp, beginning with “Your actions.” The subtext is, “The culture is dysfunctional — you have simply aggravated the situation by your actions..”

  • Robster

    Are there enough kiddies to go around? Every religiously affiliated kid must be on some clerics rape roster. Do the good girls and boys move the top of the que?