A stunning incident happened earlier this month at a debate in Toronto over immigration. This debate particularly concerned the flood of Muslim “refugees” that has provoked a crisis in Europe. The proponents on the open-borders side of this debate were Louise Arbour, former UN Human Rights commissioner and Columbia University history professor Simon Schama. Their antagonists were Nigel Farage, leader of Great Britain’s UK Independence Party (UKIP), and the incomparable Mark Steyn.
Farage and Steyn both made extensive reference to wave of violence that Muslim immigrants have unleashed in Europe, including the New Year’s Eve nightmare in Cologne, Germany, where hundreds of women were sexually assaulted. (See, “Muslim Rape Gangs Attack Women, and Feminists Won’t Say a Word About It.”) Because of liberal bias in the media, however, very few Americans — or Canadians, for that matter — are aware of the extent of what can fairly be called sexual terrorism that is being perpetrated in Europe. Facts that do not fit the liberal narrative have a remarkable tendency to elude the attention of editors at the New York Times and producers at CNN, so that unless you are in the habit of seeking out samizdat published by politically incorrect sources, you have never heard of The Rotherham Horror, nor are you aware of why Sweden now challenges South Africa for the title of Rape Capital of the World.
Because of the major media’s near-total suppression of stories like this, however, you have to be a “right-wing extremist” even to be aware of it, and the situation reminds me of an old Lynyrd Skynyrd lyric:
If you don’t know what I mean,
Won’t you stand up and scream,
‘Cause there’s things going on
That you don’t know.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, Steyn and Farage were enlightening the debate audience as to what’s going on in Europe, and the open-borders apologists responded rather flippantly. Ms. Arbour mockingly called Steyn and Farage “newborn feminists” — eliciting laughter from the predominantly liberal audience — and Professor Schama got an even bigger laugh when he sneered: “I’m just struck by how obsessed with sex these two guys are, actually. It’s a bit sad, really.” Well, that hit the trip wire with Steyn, who exploded like a Claymore mine:
“I made a decision tonight that I wasn’t going to do funny. I was going to be deadly serious. I’m slightly amazed at our colleagues’ ability to get big laughs on gang rape. Madame Arbour scoffs at the newfound feminists over here. I’m not much of a feminist, but I draw the line at 3-year-olds getting raped and the 7-year-old getting gang-raped in a basement. And when Simon tells us … we’re obsessed with sex — maybe we don’t get enough action in the Toronto singles bars — Madame Arbour, as she said, is a feminist of a certain generation, and those feminists were very clear, as Madame Arbour was very clear in Sudan, that rape is not about sex. Whatever Simon may say, rape is about power, which is what Madame Arbour says.”
Steyn then listed a series of sexual assaults committed by Muslim men in Germany, concluding: “These are all gang rapes in public places . . . and I congratulate you for getting big laughs for that, Simon. . . . It isn’t funny.”
The Munk tradition is to poll the audience before and again after the debate. The first poll was 77% in favor of the motion, 23% opposed. After the debate, the pro side dropped to 55% and the con leapt up to 45%, a huge, 22% shift, revealing how a dynamic elaboration of the facts of the case can persuade people of the dangers of welcoming mass numbers from an alien culture into Western societies.
Mark Steyn himself has a good round-up of the post-debate reaction. The accusation from liberals that conservatives are “obsessed with sex” is, of course, highly ironic. For more than a half-century, liberals have advocated every manner of perversion, and feminists were even willing to defend President Clinton’s disgraceful debauchery in the White House.
“I would be happy to give [Bill Clinton] a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”
— Nina Burleigh, 1998
Liberals have no moral principles whatsoever and, in fact, they actively seek to destroy morality. Not content to have banned Christianity from schools, they now use the schools to indoctrinate children in atheism.
Who is “obsessed with sex”? Perhaps the feminists, who have managed to gin up such a climate of sexual paranoia on university campuses thatRolling Stone was willing to publish Jackie Coakley’s false gang-rape tale, without basic journalistic fact-checking. Who is obsessed with sex? Perhaps the feminists, who take to Twitter to proclaim their herpes infections, or maybe the liberals like Bruce Springsteen, who canceled a concert in North Carolina to defend the “right” of men in dresses to share public restrooms with your daughter. Who is “obsessed with sex”? Maybe the Colorado public school teachers who are trained in a program called “A Queer Endeavor” to promote homosexuality in their classrooms.
Liberals are doing everything they can to destroy whatever remains of decency and religious morality in America, so that everybody has a “right” to be a herpes-infected feminist or a transvestite, and normal people have no rights at all, but it is conservatives who are “obsessed with sex”?
Yet where is Nina Burleigh, who called pro-life conservatives a “theocracy,” now that Muslim theocrats are rampaging across the globe? And where are the feminist “rape culture” mobs — who applauded whenthe captain of the Yale basketball team was expelled — now that women and children are being gang-raped by Muslim “refugees” in Europe?
Like the song says, there are things going on that you don’t know.