Source: By Dale Hurd
It’s been almost a month since innocent Norwegians were killed by a lunatic obsessed with the threat of Islam.
But the terrible tragedy has not stopped civil debate in Norway over the impact of Muslim immigration.
Several weeks before the massacre in Norway, CBN News travelled to Oslo to investigate reports that that nation’s experiment with Muslim immigration and multiculturalism had gone terribly wrong, that Muslim radicalism was growing along with violence and intimidation against non-Muslims.
Islamists Target Women
In the wake of the killings, some on Norway’s political left call the fear of Islamization a « conspiracy theory. »
However, there are real victims – and they are mostly Norway’s women. Norway has never faced such problems before.
Even though Norway is a democracy, some Norwegian women do not have full rights. They are denied them by their families, and they live in fear for their lives.
At the Red Cross office in Oslo, Monica Berge-Tukh and Anne Marte Stifjeld take calls from Norwegian girls who face honor violence, forced marriage or genital mutilation.
« We get calls from girls and we really get a bad feeling in our stomach that something is seriously wrong, » Berge-Tukh told CBN News. « Most of the girls tell us ‘I never thought about it’ or ‘I never thought it would happen because I live in Norway. » »
They not only live in Norway but were born in Norway and speak Norwegian. Still, their rights are not protected and they are controlled by their families.
« A lot of them have been threatened and beaten, » Berge-Tukh explained. « They tell us about a lot of social control, so when they become like 10 or 12 years old (their family members) start following her to school just to control that she is not having any contact with boys because ‘good girls don’t do that.' »
An Eye-Opening Encounter
Hege Storhaug was a self-described « naïve left- wing journalist » when an encounter with an immigrant woman changed her life and her career.
« In 1992, as a journalist, I met a young Norwegian born Pakistani woman, only 18 years old. And she had been married at gunpoint in Pakistan to her second cousin, » Storhaug recalled.
« I was so shocked when she said ‘My parents were willing to kill me if I didn’t enter into this marriage, to protect their own honor,' » she said.
Storhaug now works full-time to protect immigrant women and girls from forced marriage, genital mutilation and honor violence.
Women, she says, have been abandoned by the Norwegian government and deprived of their rights as citizens – like four Norwegian girls all sent to Gambia for genital mutilation.
« Their parents just dumped them in Gambia, their country of origin where the girls, ages 3-9, were all genitally mutilated, » Storhaug told CBN News. « They have been stripped of the possibility to become a full member of this society, and we have allowed it, we have allowed it. »
Storhaug, who works on behalf of the rights of women, has been called a « racist » and « Islamophobe » by the some on the left in Norway.
Something else that Muslim immigration appears to have brought to Norway is what some here call « a rape epidemic. »
Recent police statistics showed that in the capital city of Oslo, 100 percent of assault rapes between strangers were committed by immigrant, non-Western males. And nine out of 10 of their victims were native Norwegian women.
To protect themselves, some blonde Norwegian women have reportedly begun dying their hair black, and many travel only in groups.
Kristin Spitznogle is a therapist who has counseled some of the rape victims.
« These men they do not attack their own, » she noted. « They attack Norwegian women and a liberal culture they will not accept. »
Non-Muslims ‘Fair Game’
And Spitznogle has been attacked in the Norwegian media for saying what many will not: that the assault rape problem is primarily Muslim men raping non-Muslim women. And any woman who does not dress modestly and wear the Muslim headscarf could be considered by some Muslim men to be « fair game. »
« For some the hijab is a symbolic marker that separates the submissive proper Muslim women from what they see as the Norwegian ‘whores.’ When I say ‘whores,’ I’m really just referring to their own words. This is what they told journalists. »
Spitznogle says Norway’s left-wing establishment has engaged in blaming the rape victims because the whole notion that Islamic culture is dangerous to women is very politically incorrect here.
Hanne Herland is author of the bestselling book Alarm! Thoughts on a Culture in Crisis.
« Some of them are excellent, but not all values from Islamic countries are excellent to bring into the European society, » Herland warned. « And I think that many times Norwegians fear speaking about that for fear of being called a racist. »
Trouble on the Horizon?
But it’s hard to call a Muslim immigrant a racist for speaking out against his fellow Muslims.
Walid al-Kubaisi is a respected Norwegian journalist and a Muslim who came from Iraq. He is concerned about radical Islamic elements within an otherwise law abiding Muslim community.
« We have a problem, » he said emphatically. « All deny. Nobody says that we have a big problem. But this will give a bad result in the future. »
As in other European cities, parts of Oslo are now Muslim zones and may be subject to Sharia law or to the rule of local imams.
« Most of the areas where the Muslim is the majority, the Norwegian feels that they are not in their country, that they’re not in Norway. They feel like a Muslim country, » al-Kubaisi said.
When CBN News interviewed al-Kubaisi in June, no one had any idea that a crazed gunman would start killing people over the issue of Muslim immigration. But al-Kubaisi made what now feels like a chilling prediction – a backlash against immigrants.
« Kubaisi equals clash of civilizations, » he said. « It will happen. I am not a prophet, but something will happen. I don’t know. But I feel it.
Some on the left in Europe are using the Oslo massacre to stifle criticism of Islam. But not talking about it won’t make Norway’s problem go away.