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Annals Of Progressive Self-Hatred

Graffiti in Berlin, September 2015 (hanohiki / Shutterstock.com)

I found this on the Gates Of Vienna website. It’s a clip from a German news documentary in which a German woman of Turkish descent who describes herself as a “socialist, anti-fascist, feminist” tells the story of how she was gang-raped by men she believes were refugees. They were speaking Arabic or Kurdish, she can’t be sure. She went to the police to report that her purse had been stolen (which was true), but did not mention the rape, and lied about the offenders (she said one of them was a German). As an activist, the woman had demonstrated in favor of refugees, and didn’t want to bring them into disfavor. Watch the clip to find out what happened next.

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Such is progressive Europe today. It’s quite astonishing. She now feels guilty for having filed police reports on the men who raped her, because it encouraged anti-immigrant rightists in their negative opinions about the refugee influx.

Let me say that again: refugees raped this progressive German woman on a playground, yet she feels guilty for telling the police about it. About her rape. The narrator of the documentary says that the woman feels like “an offender” now.

The old joke has it that a liberal is someone who won’t take his own side in a fight. Now we see that a European multiculturalist is someone who won’t take her own side in a rape.

See, this is what I was talking about with Pope Francis yesterday. The fear of calling a thing what it is because of what right-wingers might think of it is crippling them.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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