And not only in North Cronulla …
… but in Belgium too. In an act of blatent cultural intimidation Muslim youths have been “outlawing” Western-dressed women from walking in the street in certain areas of Brussels. The areas concerned are, mainly, Brussel-city, Molenbeek, Schaarbeek, Sint-Joost and Anderlecht. The women - who you will not be surprised to learn are invariably white - are guilty of dressing “in an immoral way”. The facts about the intimidation can be found here (courtesy of COFCC).
Now, this isn’t new. Muslim males have been acting in this way for years and have always met little resistance. The victims’ distress has disappeared into the mist of political indifference. Now, finally and not entirely by choice, a senior member of a traditional party, the Flemish Christian-Democrat State Secretary (or assistant minister) for Equal Opportunities in the Brussels’ government, Brigitte Grouwels, has - after a fashion - spoken out.
What pushed her? Quite apart from the incidents of intimidation increasing, her own daughter and her daughter’s girl-friends had been intimidated too. Within the family, of course, it is much harder to maintain the PeeCee hypocricy - even for a State Secretary. And then she has her share of feminist political instincts. There is a lot of effort expended by politicians to reassure us that “peaceful” Islam can co-exist with Western culture. But it can’t co-exist with feminism.
In any case, her intervention came in an interview at the opening of the “Women build Brussels” conference (in Dutch). She began by observing the left’s strict rules of discourse referring to the intimidation and the perpetrators in the approved code. It was all about “problems” caused by the “concepts of some people”.
Well, OK. Telling it too straight - “What the hell do you expect? It’s the Islamic world in our midst and we’ve got to repatriate it” - is several political bridges too far. As a State Secretary she, personally, has immunity from prosecution. But her Party doesn’t, and she is right to fear the potential political backlash - possibly extending to criminal charges like those facing Vlaams Belang. That would threaten her Party’s public financing, all important in Belgium where private donations are highly restricted.
But it seems that nobody thought to explain these subtleties to the interviewer, journalist Luc Van der Kelen of Het Laatste Nieuws. Ever the rascal he asked, “What kind of people are you talking about here?” What a joke. I wish I’d seen her face!
Now the State Secretary couldn’t sustain the act. Nobody, and least of all Van der Kelen, thought there were gangs of white Morality Police roaming Brussels in a bid to force their women into a burqa. She had to admit that, yes, actually it is Moroccan youths.
“Non-white girls,” she said “are addressed when they do not wear a veil, but also when they are simply walking on the street or even when they laugh … White Belgian women tell me that they wear a shawl so they are not bothered.”
But from there the feminist in her grew a little braver and she complained that, in fact, white women increasingly “just disappear from the street. There is a feeling of intolerance.”
What was that? Intolerance from Muslims? By now, the State Secretary’s Party colleagues will have reached the fear levels of the proverbial rabbit caught in the headlights. Still the woman would not stop. She called on her government to act in defence of ...
“We did not fight for 50 years,” she proclaimed, Muslim peacefulness never further from her mind, “for our freedom just to be thrown back in time. If we want to show our bare belly, men have nothing to do with that.”
At that, dozens of Christian Democrat male minds must have sunk to thoughts of the State Secretary’s belly, though perhaps not for any sustained length of time. More worrying were the thoughts of the subsidised Vlaams Belang-buster organisations, the tax-paid but politicised Belgian Thought Police and even the Election Expenses Commission of Inquiry in the Belgian parliament. With luck she won’t go anywhere near Van der Kelen again, and everyone can slink safely back into the multicultural mist.
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