After multiple sexual assault allegations, Kevin Spacey’s career is in ruins. No one stood up for him. No one said: “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some people it’s just another way for non-actors to gang up against a prominent actor. We must protect movie and TV audiences who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.”
That would have been absurd and offensive. But no less absurd and offensive was Oxford’s Eugene Rogan, who said this about Tariq Ramadan after the “Muslim Martin Luther” was accused of rape and sexual assault by numerous women: “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.”
As more and more women kept coming forward, Oxford finally put Ramadan on leave. They didn’t fire him. His career is not in ruins. Clearly they are hoping this will all blow over and Ramadan will go on teaching; they don’t seem troubled by the prospect of the suave Ramadan forcing his charms upon female students.
Why? Because in the hierarchy of Leftist values, Islam trumps everything, including feminism. Feminists who fiercely denounce Christianity’s supposed misogyny start making excuses when it comes to the hijab and other features of Islamic misogyny. And Oxford, faced with an apparent serial rapist who is one of the leading “moderate” Muslims in the West, did all it could to protect him. What would they have done if one of their non-Muslim professors had been accused by exactly the same number of women? The wretched fellow would have long since been fired and his name so blackened that he would never work anywhere else.
“Kevin Spacey should have converted to Islam to save himself,” by Giulio Meotti, Israel National News, November 8, 2017:
What would have happened had Harvey Weinstein, accused of multiple rapes and sexual harassment, denounced it as an “anti-Semitic plot”, if the Academy had then left him in place and if his colleagues rushed to Weinstein’s defense, saying that he was “a prominent producer”?
This is what happened to Tariq Ramadan, the renowned Swiss Islamist accused by women of rape and sexual harassment. Now new accusations come from Switzerland, where four women say they were abused by Ramadan while studying under him. The Tribune de Geneve reports that one of these women says she had relations with Ramadan when she was fifteen in the back of a car.
And what did Oxford academics do where Ramadan teaches? Obviously, they tried to protect his chair.
An English militant for women’s rights, Aicha Ali-Khan, had gathered signatures to fire Ramadan from the prestigious university, asking Oxford to immediately suspend Professor Ramadan until these and previous accusations made in other countries are fully clarified.
After the first rape allegation two weeks ago, students reported that Ramadan had held a seminar in Oxford and was seen “laughing” with faculty members. In response to student requests and signatures, senior faculty members organized a meeting. The official response came from the director of the Center for Middle East Eugene Rogan, who said: “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust”.
Yes, you have read this correctly.
Ramadan’s chair at Oxford was funded by Qatar, which in 2015 alone donated 11 million pounds to refurbish the Oxford college where Ramadan teaches.
British Defense Minister Michael Fallon resigned in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment when, at a dinner, he insistently extended his hand on the knees to a well-known journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer. Several allegations of rape were not enough to fire Tariq Ramadan. Because, after all, he is “ a prominent Muslim”.
On October 15, The Independent, after the first revelations on Harvey Weinstein, published an article by Qasim Rashed titled “How the teachings of Islam could help us prevent more sexual abuse”. Of course, by condoning them when done by Muslims.
Then finally Oxford University took the right decision: “Leave” is a euphemism. Tariq Ramadan’s crescent is thus obscuring, in that prestigious university, the fact that since 2009 it had given him his most important position. A story that should sink one of Europe’s major multicultural symbols….