Last month, in France, a Muslim man told an underage girl with whom he had been chatting on Facebook, "I will burn you all. I will cut your throats. I will rape you and your mother because I have the right to do so."
When she refused to marry him, he defaulted to even more severe threats against her and her family -- at one point texting, "Soon we will cut your throats and play football with your heads." The communication was accompanied by a video showing the scene of a beheading.
Based on the name given in the French report, Fabio Califano, who was subsequently arrested, appears to have been a convert to Islam.
The girl's father, described as "devastated and angry," responded to the terror threats with which his family and he had been living, saying, "Islam is not what I have been hearing [it is]... Religion is peace, tolerance, respect... We have been living in fear for a year!"
The ongoing narrative is that Islam means peace; what is not said is that this peace comes only after everyone enjoys the "peace" of being Muslim. Until then, what is often presented to hasten this result is the exact opposite: jihad, or violence in the service of Islam. Many Muslims, just want, of course, to live in quiet lives, have good jobs and enjoy the blessings of this life. Others however, such as Western converts to the "religion of peace" suddenly and inexplicably become terrorists.
Unfortunately, assertions such as "we will cut your throats and play football with your heads" echo through the ages. Mu'izzi, an eleventh century Persian poet for instance, tried to incite an emir to butcher all Christians in the Middle East:
"For the sake of the Arab religion, it is a duty, O ghazi king, to clear the country of Syria of patriarchs and bishops, to clear the land of Rum [Anatolia] from priests and monks. You should kill those accursed dogs and wretched creatures... You should... cut their throats... You should make polo-balls of the Franks' heads in the desert, and polo sticks from their hands and feet."
[Hillenbrand, Carole, Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol: The Battle of Manzikert, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007, 151–152.]
The line, however, that jumps out in the quote from Califano is: "I will rape you and your mother because I have the right to do so."
Importantly, it is not the first time that a Muslim man insists that he has the "right" — given by Islam — to enslave and rape non-Muslim women.
Such men routinely cite the same hadiths and verses from the Koran. Verses 4:3 and 4:24, for instance, permit Muslim men to have sexual relations with as many women as "their right hand possesses" — meaning as many women — all non-Muslim, of course — as they are able to take captive during a jihad:
Koran 4:3: "And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course." [Shakir translation]
Koran 4:24: "And all married women except those whom your right hands possess (this is) Allah's ordinance to you, and lawful for you are (all women) besides those, provided that you seek (them) with your property, taking (them) in marriage not committing fornication. Then as to those whom you profit by, give them their dowries as appointed; and there is no blame on you about what you mutually agree after what is appointed; surely Allah is Knowing, Wise." [Shakir translation]
The Koran uses language, discussed here, that presents such women as things, not persons. Literally translated, Koran 4:3 permits Muslims to copulate with "what" —not who—"your right hands possess," as captured by Shakir's translation:
"...but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one or what your right hands possess (Koran 4:3).
To understand how such scriptures and terminology inform the jihadist mind, consider the following excerpts from a New York Times report, "ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape":
In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.
He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.
When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.
"I kept telling him it hurts — please stop," said the girl, whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. "He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God," she said in an interview alongside her family in a refugee camp here, to which she escaped after 11 months of captivity. [Emphases added.]
The report continues:
One 34-year-old Yazidi woman, who was bought and repeatedly raped by a Saudi fighter in the Syrian city of Shadadi, described how she fared better than the second slave in the household — a 12-year-old girl who was raped for days on end despite heavy bleeding.
"He destroyed her body. She was badly infected. The fighter kept coming and asking me, 'Why does she smell so bad?' And I said, she has an infection on the inside, you need to take care of her," the woman said.
Unmoved, he ignored the girl's agony, continuing the ritual of praying before and after raping the child.
"I said to him, 'She's just a little girl,' " the older woman recalled. "And he answered: 'No. She's not a little girl. She's a slave. And she knows exactly how to have sex.' "
"And having sex with her pleases God," he said.
Even though the mainstream media and pundits maintain that these beliefs have "nothing whatsoever to do with Islam," in general they permeate Muslim society. Although there may be the assumption that such beliefs are confined to ISIS and other fanatical jihadists, evidence emphatically suggests the contrary.
In Pakistan, for example, three Christian girls walking home after a long day's work were accosted by four "rich and drunk" Muslims — hardly candidates for ISIS — in a car. They "misbehaved," yelled "suggestive and lewd comments," and harassed the girls to get in their car for "a ride and some fun." When the girls declined the "invitation," adding that they were "devout Christians and did not practice sex outside of marriage," the men became enraged and chased the girls. "How dare you run away from us," the men yelled. "Christian girls are only meant for one thing: the pleasure of Muslim men." The men then drove their car into the three girls, killing one and severely injuring the other two.
In a separate incident, a human rights activist speaking about another Muslim man's rape of a 9-year-old Christian girl, revealed that
"Such incidents occur frequently. Christian girls are considered goods to be damaged at leisure. Abusing them is a right. According to the community's mentality it is not even a crime. Muslims regard them as spoils of war." [Emphasis added.]
"In Pakistan, there is no difference between meat and women.... Had we stayed back, our women would have been torn to shreds."
Once relegated to third world countries such as Pakistan and ISIS-controlled areas, the treatment and sexual abuse of "infidel" women is increasingly becoming a common fixture in the West.
In Britain, where a large Muslim minority has long existed, thousands of British girls in various regions have been by abused and gang-raped by "grooming gangs" made up largely of Muslims, who apparently deemed it their Islamic right. One rape victim said:
"The men who did this to me have no remorse. They would tell me that what they were doing was OK in their culture."
A Muslim imam in Britain confessed that Muslim men are taught that women are "second-class citizens, little more than chattels or possessions over whom they have absolute authority" and that the imams preach a doctrine "that denigrates all women, but treats whites [meaning non-Muslims] with particular contempt."
In a separate case, another Muslim convicted of rape told a British court that sharing non-Muslim girls for sex "was part of Somali culture" and "a religious requirement."
Whether seen by "pious" Muslims as a "religious requirement" — as cited by an ISIS rapist to his 12-year-old victim — or as part of Pakistani (Asian), Somali (African), or "French convert" Islamic culture, the subhuman treatment and sexual degradation of non-Muslim women and children by Muslim men who deem it their "right" is apparently another "exoticism" the West is apparently expected to embrace at the altar of multiculturalism.
Raymond Ibrahim, author of Defenders of the West and Sword and Scimitar, is the Distinguished Senior Shillman Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and the Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.