Horror Show Wednesday: The Ignorance Defense

Adil Rashid

I guess if the Catholics can do it, why not the Muslims too?  Adil Rashid, a Muslim who raped a 13 year old girl in Nottingham, England, has told the court that he can’t be convicted of the crime because his Muslim upbringing didn’t teach him that it was wrong to have sex with a minor.

Yes, seriously.

Rashid had groomed the girl for months on Facebook before he travelled to Nottingham for a sexual encounter.  He picked up the girl and took her to a hotel where they had sex.  When Rashid was caught, he claims that because he was educated in an English madrassa, he was never told that it was illegal to have sex with young girls and therefore, couldn’t be held accountable.  In interviews with psychologists, Rashid said that he had been taught that “women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground”.  The judge said Rashid “must have known it was illegal, unless he was going round with his eyes shut”, but defense lawyer Laban Leake said reports suggested Rashid had a “degree of sexual naivety”.  That’s not naivety, that’s utter ignorance, but hey, this is religion we’re talking about, right?

Although the crime usually carries a 4-7 year sentence, Rashid got off with a suspended sentence after the court determined that, although he was chronologically 18, emotionally, and especially in his understanding of sex, he was much, much younger than that.  I don’t know that really matters since a 13 year old girl was still molested.  That’s one thing I never get in these cases. A crime is still committed.  A criminal is caught.  The criminal should have known what they were doing is wrong, and even if they didn’t, someone was still injured.  Funny, I thought ignorance of the law was no defense?  Maybe it is in England.

So apparently, Islam doesn’t bother to teach children that raping women is wrong, that pedophilia is wrong, certainly they’re not teaching anyone that beheading people who disagree with them is wrong so I guess I can’t be surprised.  It’s just another Horror Show Wednesday.

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