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Outrage over rapists? Only when they’re white


LAST month two cases involving violent attacks against females came to court in different European countries. One was in the Republic of Ireland when a vile excuse for a man, who happened to be an Irish soldier, received a suspended sentence for a vicious assault on a woman on the streets of Limerick in 2022. The lenient punishment sent shock waves through the Irish political and cultural establishment and the case was widely reported by the Irish and British media. 

So-called progressives took to the streets and protested outside the Dail (Irish parliament) and impassioned speeches were made by politicians about stamping out gender-based violence against women and ensuring tougher sentencing. From a social conservative perspective, I’m on board with all of that. However, it’s infuriating hearing ‘progressives’ selectively call for law and order when excessively lenient criminal justice systems across our islands are the result of their ideological biases dictating social policy

A defining aspect of left-liberal outrage at violence against women is that the level of outrage is determined by the ethnic and/or religious identity of the attacker. Cases in which the perpetrator is non-white are never used to highlight male violence against women.

This brings me on to the second case. A horrific gang rape of a 15-year-old girl by men from migrant backgrounds in Germany in 2020 led to nine men being convicted of sexual assault but only one serving a prison sentence. That case is once again receiving attention from independent media sources after a woman was jailed for sending ‘harmful messages’ to one of the convicted rapists who hasn’t served any prison time for the attack. 

This is without doubt one of the worst cases of sexual violence to come to court in Europe in recent years, but it received little, if any, mainstream media coverage outside Germany. In the UK and Ireland we are quick to have ‘national conversations’ and protests about male violence when the perpetrator is a white male, but no such discussions were held about the ongoing Pakistani Muslim grooming gang scandals; when working-class communities brought attention to it they were initially smeared as ‘far right’ and ‘racist’. The Somalian-American writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali hasn’t been invited on to the BBC or Channel 4 to discuss the findings of her book Prey  which clearly demonstrates that men from Islamic backgrounds are overrepresented by a very large factor in sexual assault cases across Europe. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is regularly smeared as ‘far right’ for pointing out the many shortcomings of the Islamic world in which she was born and brought up. White liberals acknowledging the social pathologies and wrongdoing within Western cultures are enlightened and progressive, but a black ex-Muslim acknowledging the same in non-Western cultures is ‘far right’. This is what being anti-racist and championing equality constitutes in the hollowed mind of a ‘progressive’. Dealing with such sanctimonious idiocy is at times migraine-inducing. 

Feminism is merely one offshoot of radical social liberalism, and while there are a few dissenting feminists who rightly view both Islamisation and transgenderism as threats to the safety and well-being of Western women, the majority are fully on board with ‘progressive’ identity politics. Now, there’s a pecking order within ‘progressive’ identity politics, and stamping out purported incidents of racism or so-called Islamophobia will always come before the safety and well-being of European women and girls, as that German woman sitting in a prison cell for insulting a convicted child rapist can surely attest.

Will there be any progressive-led feminist marches for this woman jailed for hateful texts to a rapist, or for the teenage girl who was gang-raped by migrants, or the many more like her as documented by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others? Will they call for any ‘national conversations’ about why certain migrant groups are disproportionately represented in sexual offence statistics? Of course they won’t, and anyone who does will immediately be smeared as ‘far right’ by most ‘progressive’ feminists, no matter what the reality of their politics, in the hope that such a smear will silence them.  

The whole point of so-called ‘hate speech’ laws is to exempt the biases and policies of the ‘progressive’ political and cultural establishment from robust criticism by ordinary people. Ireland is in the process of trying to pass one of the most draconian hate speech laws in the world, the effects of which will reverberate well beyond Ireland due to major tech companies being based there

Under hate speech legislation migrants are viewed as a protected class (i.e. unequal) despite the fact that they are not a homogeneous blob and vary greatly according to both culture and as individuals. Earlier this year in Germany, an AfD politician’s conviction for inciting hatred was upheld. Initially she had referenced German government statistics related to the ethnicity of rapists and this led her to express concerns about the culture of immigrants from Afghanistan. Noticing government statistics and expressing a concern based on those statistics is now a crime. Maybe she has grounds to sue the German state for radicalising her into ‘far right’ extremism. 

Our elites don’t want us having nuanced conversations about migration. They have decided that migration into Europe from non-European countries on an unprecedented scale and pace has only benefits, and that we are to accept this without any questions or objections. Hate speech laws are designed to inhibit people from having open conversations about resource constraints or the fact that some non-Western immigrant groups integrate much better with Europeans than others and that some hold values and cultural norms incompatible with our own.   

Only a few years ago, supporting the regulation of immigration was a centrist position, but it would appear that we are now at a point in parts of Europe where even saying mean things to convicted rapists makes you ‘far right’ if the rapists happen to be migrants. No wonder people across Europe are abandoning the purported centrist parties who in reality are radical liberal authoritarians who wish to cancel and criminalise anyone who stands in the way of their wicked agenda. 

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Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine is an Irish-British writer who won the Orwell Prize under the pseudonym of Winston Smith & has had work published in various publications including TCW, The Critic &

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