We spent some time in the Tavern talking of the priests a week or two back. A chap spoke of them, almost in passing, just yesterday. We shall come to Mr Kelso in a moment. We also spoke of the complete ignoring of politician and public servant child abuse. But first.....
The past week has seen a media orgy of gluttony over a rather charismatic but flawed fellow, Milo by name. He recognises and acknowledges his flaws but nonetheless calls out the flaws of others with some relish and a great deal of wit and barb. Were he a left-wing bigot he would be lauded by the media, but instead he is a bigot-slayer from a clearly right-wing position.
Hense the efforts made by the media which is by and large left wing to bring him down. Seemingly the mass ranks of snowflakes with masks and clubs who attempt to shut down free-speech whenever he shows up at A.N. Other University had not succeeded. Hail stones were needed.
Milo is a homosexual with a penchant for grown men, as long as they are black. Clearly not a racist queer. But as a homosexual the media can't touch him for that, as homosexual people are protected perverts. Nevertheless they gave it a go last week. Their hypocricy banner flew high. And while left wing politicians can endorse and advance paedophilia without media outrage, Milo who was abused as a youth has denied ever abusing underage boys himself. Even Mr Sulu, George Takei who has in the past revealed his own early experiences in excusing and lauditory terms does not get tarred with the Milo brush. But then Takei is a lefty. He is a protected pervert.
But the conversations only brought Milo in as an aside. The real meaty stuff was about Institutionalised abuse.
No-one in the right mind could say that the Catholic Church advocates child abuse. As the original and leading christian institution it consistenly preaches goodness, kindness, love of ones neighbour, just as all christian institutions do. It and they do however have some - a very small proportion - of flawed people in their ranks. They are not the norm, and Mr Kelso who has been at the forefront of chasing them down is quick to acknowledge.
He had some things to say about the one institution in Australia (and elsewhere) that gets quite ignored. Whether this is by accident or design, I cannot say for certain, but one way or another it is 'Protected'. Mr Kelso had this to say:
We are 50 hearings into the Royal Commission into Child Abuse.........
without a single hearing into child abuse within the Islamic community of Australia.With systemic abuse uncovered in a number of religious organisations across the country – some sections of the public are asking questions of Muslim institutions.
Scores of underage Muslim girls are married off to older men. Many are forced to join polygamous marriages. Worse still, some women within the Islamic faith are forced to endure genital mutilation. Some Middle Eastern groups find this practice culturally acceptable – it is even commonplace in some communities.
The thought of defenceless young girls being forced to have sex with grown men is horrifying.For any female to have their clitoris sliced off with a sharp knife is impossible for most of us to imagine. Australians cannot condone this practice.Why is female genital mutilation (FGM) happening in Australia?FGM is, of course, illegal – and specifically outlawed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is also illegal to take a child out of Australia to have the procedure.Yet, genital mutilation is happening in our country.In fact, instances of genital mutilation in Australia have doubled in the past year.According to the ABC’s analysis of ABS and UNICEF data: “around 5,640 girls under the age of 15 may be in danger, and 1,100 girls are born every year to women who may have had FGM. This means that three girls a day are born in Australia who are at high risk of being subjected to FGM.”A recent report conducted by researchers at the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney found evidence of children as young as five months old enduring genital mutilation procedures.
So far, the ONLY one.Whilst the practice of FGM is not a religious one, some Islamic communities persevere with the illegal procedure in Australia. In June 2016, Islamic sect community leader Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri became the first person imprisoned for female genital mutilation in Australia.
FGM is a cultural practice in some regions within Malaysia, Indonesia, The Middle East and South Asia. We cannot allow FGM to happen in our country. The Royal Commission must use its powers to help make sure this horrific procedure never happens again on Australian shores.Why hasn’t The Royal Commission investigated forced child marriage within the Muslim community?Child welfare agencies have received 70 calls for help in the last two years.Girls in Australia as young as nine have been sent overseas and forced to marry Muslim men.The Australian Federal Police have investigated 69 complaints of child marriage in the last year alone.Child marriage is outlawed in Australia.State police forces have prosecuted Muslims participating in child marriage here.
The Royal Commission is an inquiry into ‘institutional responses to child sexual abuse’. It is not an Inquiry into child abuse in families. In order to classify as ‘institutional abuse’ and to attract the jurisdiction of the Royal Commission there must be an institutional connection.Any child sexual abuse with the involvement or approval of an Islamic cleric would pass as institutional abuse.Therefore the Royal Commission may investigate victim stories of underage child sex, forced child marriages, and genital mutilation of girls under 18.So why hasn’t the Royal Commission done anything about this?
This is why.
The Christian Churches are hounded as though the 'systematic (as he calls it) incidents of child abuse were 'approved' or taught as a Christian thing to do. It is not; they were not. But Muslim preachers advocate it, preach it, oblige it. It is little use to do even as Mr Kelso does, of offering protection by saying it is not 'Institutional' or not 'Muslim'.
Of course it is.
But no Royal Commission has demanded an Immam front the court.
Meanwhile the media focuses on Milo.
I pulled a pint for Mr Kelso for his points.