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"Allah Made Me Do It"
by David Solway
Writing in Islamist Watch for April 17, 2013, David Rusin draws our attention to a recent case in an Australian court which would beggar belief if we had not grown inured to such outrages through repetition and cultural submission. As Rusin writes, "Esmatullah Sharifi, an Afghan refugee who came to Australia in 2001 and launched a career as a sexual predator, has been granted leave to appeal his sentence for raping an intoxicated young woman in 2008. Robert Redlich, an appellate judge, explained that the sentencing judge had focused primarily on 'the protection of the community' and improperly 'rejected any suggestion [Sharifi] didn't have a clear concept of consent in sexual relations' due to cultural differences." Rusin suggests that a double standard is in effect, "whereby a Muslim upbringing can excuse horrible behavior that would never be tolerated from non-Muslims."
There have been a growing number of cases throughout the West, in which Muslim felons, charged with various crimes that would normally entail vigorous sentencing, have seen their cases dismissed or subject to appeal on the grounds of differing cultural norms, customs and assumptions. While convictions can sometimes be made to stick, even then the authorities are prone to react with reluctance and only after charges cannot be reasonably deferred. As Soeren Kern reports at The Gatestone Institute, in a case involving a gang of Muslim "groomers" in Manchester, the Crown Prosecution Service was provided with DNA evidence of rape but "twice decided not to prosecute" while government lawyers also refused to proceed.
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