Saturday, December 01, 2007

In Amsterdam, homosexuality isn't as popular as it used to be

There is surely a "How many bureaucrats does it take to..." joke in here somewhere:

With the number of homophobic attacks rising in the Dutch metropolis, Amsterdam officials are commissioning a study to determine why Moroccan men are targeting the city's gays. ...

In 2006, the city registered 32 hate crimes directed at gays. During the first half of 2007, 26 had already been reported, including an attack perpetrated during the Dutch city's annual gay pride parade in August. The attack against a British gay couple generated headlines around the world in newspapers catering to the gay community.

How naive of me to think that Mayor Cohen was becoming a hard-nosed realist.

Before the academic commission gets started on this important work, let's brainstorm a little. Maybe this offers a clue:
Hardline Islamic insurgent groups in Iraq are targeting a new type of victim with the full protection of Iraqi law, The Observer can reveal. The country is seeing a sudden escalation of brutal attacks on what are being called the 'immorals' - homosexual men and children as young as 11 who have been forced into same-sex prostitution.
It's not only flamboyant gays that are being killed. Innocent children, abducted into the sex trade and prostituted out to homosexual men, are getting bullets through the eyes. And it's legal. Section 111 of Iraq's penal code provides protection for murder when the victim is acting against Islam. Even if the victim is just a helpless boy abducted from his family and sold into the sex slave. That's gay enough to get the sword.

Perhaps we can garner some idea of the Islamic world's attitude on homosexuality from the Persians:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad skirted a question about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran on Monday, saying in a speech at a top US university that there were no gays in Iran.

"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," Ahmadinejad said to howls and boos among the Columbia University audience.
We might be unduly focusing on the present, however. Let's take a look at the eleventh Sura, verses 79-83:
They said, "Thou knowest now that we need not thy daughters; and thou well knowest what we require."

He said, "Would that I had strength to resist you, or that I could find refuge with some powerful chieftain."[590]

The Angels said, "O Lot! verily, we are the messengers of thy Lord: they shall not touch thee: depart with thy family in the dead of night, and let not one of you turn back: as for thy wife, on her shall light what shall light on them. Verily, that with which they are threatened is for the morning. Is not the morning near?"

And when our decree came to be executed we turned those cities upside down, and we rained down upon them blocks of claystone one after another, marked[591] by thy Lord himself. Nor are they far distant from the wicked Meccans.
Perhaps, though, it's most useful to look directly at the community from which these attackers come:
Recently Khalil El-Moumni, a preaching Moroccan Rotterdam imam caused a national controversy by recently calling homosexuality a contagious disease on national television.
At least throwing these ideas out there will give this forensic commission a place to start from. You might think so, anyway. Apparently, though, these suggestions aren't on the working agenda:
This month, Mayor Job Cohen commissioned the University of Amsterdam to conduct a study on the motives behind the hate crimes. Half of the crimes were committed by men of Moroccan origin and researchers believe they felt stigmatized by society and responded by attacking people they felt were lower on the social ladder. Another working theory is that the attackers may be struggling with their own sexual identity.

Right, Dutch men are responsible because they create more value and generate more wealth than their Moroccan counterparts! Or are Dutch women the culprits, in not making a good time freely available to their new neighbors?

Does the Netherlands need to drop the cash it's going to require to pay these erudite scholars to get out of a 'quandary' with as obvious a cause as this? And the solution--ending Islamic immigrantion into Europe while bribing those already in-country to exit--isn't much harder to identify than the problem is. The money would even be better spend shoring up entitlement finances or investing in the revitalization of Amsterdam's red light district.

A society that consistently finds fault in nothing other than itself cannot for long remain a viable society at all.

3 comments:

John S. Bolton said...

That they're so consistently willing to sacrifice one 'oppressed' minority to another more violent, or one more intent on doing damage and getting warfare going, shows yet again that compassion for the downtrodden cannot be the prime motivation behind the special tolerances of offcialdom and professoriate, as one sees them interacting to generate public policies.

John S. Bolton said...

The academics are probably hopelessly committed to a materialist faith that religious beliefs don't matter, and even that to believe that religious beliefs are sometimes sincere and acted upon, on the scale of populations, would be discrimination already on a slippery slope to whatever they feel like accusing people of. If so, how can the assumption of good faith and sincerity of belief be given to them?

Audacious Epigone said...

John,

On the special privileges hierarchy, Muslims outrank gay whites.

The two 'working theories' mentioned have nothing to do with Islam. That certainly evinces your point about the materialist faith.