Remember when a white man was fired from his academic positions for making a joke about women in science? Now, a Muslim professor has been accused of rape by multiple alleged victims. What happened to him? Well, he was allowed to keep teaching of course, and only took a (temporary) leave of absence himself.
Professor Tariq Ramadan (professor of “Contemporary Islamic Studies, that is) is widely celebrated as a “builder of bridges”, even though he remains deliberately cryptic about his views on several extremist parts of the Quran and maintains that Muslims are done integrating into Western societies. We must not judge the man for what his relatives do or believe, but in light of his refusal to condemn executing women and homosexuals it is interesting to note that Ramadan’s grand father is the founder of the radical Islamist movement the Muslim Brotherhood.
So far three French women and four Swiss women have declared being victimized by Mr Ramadan, ranging from unwanted sexual advances to rape. Ramadan denies all charges and states that he is the victim of a slanderous campaign at the hands of his long-running opponents.
On the other hand, Tim Hunt is an award winning, knighted, Nobel-prize winning biochemist and molecular physiologist (that is: actual sciences). Hunt made a joke about women during a conference in 2015:
It’s strange that such a chauvinist monster like me has been asked to speak to women scientists. Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry. Perhaps we should make separate labs for boys and girls? Now, seriously, I’m impressed by the economic development of Korea. And women scientists played, without doubt an important role in it. Science needs women, and you should do science, despite all the obstacles, and despite monsters like me.
A huge social media backlash ensued, later described by The Observer as a “particularly vicious social media campaign” in which Hunt was made the victim of “intense, vitriolic online abuse”. Tim Hunt was fired or forced to resign from several high-ranking academic positions (and later re-appointed to some, after pushback from fellow-academics, among others).
Mr Ramadan has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing in a court of law, so not firing him is justifiable. However, Mr Hunt was not convicted of any wrongdoing either. What he did would not land him in court at all, even if he had not been joking (which he was). But Oxford University initially wanted to keep Mr Ramadan on as an active teacher (offering students the option of transferring), and Mr Hunt was practically ruined.
Clearly, some people get second chances while others don’t. For many of the alleged sexual predators who came to the limelight in the #MeToo scandal these past weeks, presumed innocence is a relic of the past. When the honor of women is involved, especially when weighed against the apparent inner evil of men, all doubts are cast to the winds and it is basically up to the accused to prove his innocence. Sentimentally, I understand this, because I do think it is our job as men to protect women. But it has become to easy to ruin someone’s life and career with an accusation of the slightest wrongdoing. As always, the problem at hand is complicated and there is no simple solution – but the mainstream treatment of the problem is tell-tale.
Oxford professor Eugene Rogan defended his colleague by insisting :
“It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students, it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.
In the meantime, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has become the target of Islamic death threats again for their cover cartoon criticizing Mr Ramadan (who was depicted as saying “I am the 6th pillar of Islam”). But no, dear Mr Rogan, white Europeans are definitely the real problem here.
— Sam van Rooy 🔴 (@SamvanRooy1) November 7, 2017
The establishment and the left are just so deeply in love with getting tricked by Muslims, especially if it emboldens their idea of the world. When a white man transgresses, the left rushes to blame all men. When a migrant man transgresses, the left rallies around their poor victim, subsequently blaming all white men for oppressing migrants to the point that, apparently, they have no choice but to go out raping and assaulting women.
With stories like these it is hard to imagine that there are still people who don’t see what is happening around them. How our values and our own people are routinely hung out to dry over formalities and frivolities, while immigrants and foreign cultures are put on pedestals, celebrated and protected, sometimes for the exact same things for which westerners are scolded or prosecuted.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that supposed bastions of reason and rational thought, like science and justice, are truly unbiased and objective. The entire mainstream school of thought is (at the very least) slanted to the left. The left-wing bias of courts and universities is not widely questioned or critiziced because the media are just as biased themselves, and either they realize it’s not in their political interest to strive for objectivity or they are genuinely so convinced that their ideas are objective truth that they don’t see the bias.