Don't 'blame the victim' for bad behavior

By Martin Mawyer

Bad behavior. Who is to blame? Who is ultimately at fault?

Nowadays, the blame is increasingly being placed upon the victim of the bad behavior.

Bear with me as I explain, because if you ever wondered how Islam could eventually conquer America, the answer can be found in this discussion.

Let’s start with the violent and bad behavior of radical leftists in relation to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

After Trump’s campaign rally in Chicago was shut down on March 11, liberal and even conservative commentators didn’t wait long before blaming Trump for the bad behavior.

Trump uses divisive language, they said. He is a racist. He is filled with hate. He’s a Nazi in a business suit.

Liberal radio talk show host Brian Joyce was especially quick to blame Trump for the violence. He told FOX News, “It is Donald Trump’s fault. Donald Trump is to blame for the violence at his rallies.”

A scuffle breaks out the Donald Trump rally in Chicago on March 11.

A scuffle breaks out the Donald Trump rally in Chicago on March 11.

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz also shockingly blamed Trump for the bad behavior of the violent protesters at his rallies:

"When you have a campaign that disrespects the voters … you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse.”

The idea of blaming the victim for the bad behavior of others is probably as old as human existence. In recent times it has been directed at women victimized by rapists or abusive husbands. If only these women had dressed differently or been better wives, the line goes, they wouldn’t have been raped or beaten.

The message to the women is clear: Act and dress as you’re supposed to, or you’ll get what you deserve.

Blaming women for bad and violent behavior by men had almost become a thing of the past. Only now we see it happening all over again.

Take Europe, for example.

After the horrifying news of hundreds of women being groped and sexually assaulted – even raped – by migrant Muslim men in Cologne, Germany this past New Year’s Eve, the mayor of the city blamed women and their outfits for the abuse.

During a press conference, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker told young German women that in the future they should follow a “code of conduct” (meaning to dress differently) when going out, and to keep an “arm’s length” from strange men when attending public events.

Her point is obvious. If your behavior is causing others to act badly, it is you who need to change your behavior. What makes this argument even more insulting is the accusation that such bad behavior is your own fault. You deserve it.

The recent Trump-bashing over violent protests at his rallies is an instructive and painful reminder of how quickly Americans can lose their freedoms and liberties over the violent actions of a few.

Nearly everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon that even innocent behavior needs to be changed if it causes someone else to react violently or criminally.

This dangerous concept has become so ingrained in the minds of our public leaders that it is shaping America’s foreign policy, toward Muslims in particular.

“If you will stop attacking us, we will stop doing things that upset you.”

Do criticisms of Islam upset you? Then we’ll make policies and laws to condemn such vitriolic speech. Does serving pork in prisons upset you? Then we’ll ban the meat from our penitentiaries. Do men at public swimming pools upset you? Then we’ll set aside hours where no men are allowed when women are present.

In Europe, non-halal food is almost extinct. Why? Because meat that has not been sacrificed to Allah is offensive to Muslims. Crosses have been forbidden in places of employment – and even in churches! – because they upset Muslims.

In Belgium this past November, the United States embassy told Americans to stay home rather than upset local Muslims with their presence. They were instructed to avoid transportation systems, sporting events, shopping malls and tourist destinations. How can this be considered anything less than the loss of freedom and liberty? Americans in Brussels were basically under voluntary house arrest – as if they were the criminals – due to the violent actions of others.

After the Islamist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012, it was immediately claimed that the deadly terrorist attack was the product of an anti-Islam film called Innocence of Muslims. The State Department immediately spent $70,000 to run television ads in Pakistan to denounce Innocence of Muslims. The film’s producer, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, became the first person to go to jail as a result of the Benghazi attacks.

An attacker celebrates at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012.

An attacker celebrates at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012.

The prosecution of Mr. Nakoula was America’s way of saying that the Benghazi carnage was our fault, that we were sorry for any offense caused, that our behavior needs to change.

America is being wussified. Rather than exercising our God-given freedoms, voicing our opinions and practicing our culture, we are being told to refrain from any activity or words that might inflame or cause bad behavior among others.

One thing that does inflame the Muslim world is an infidel – someone who refuses to accept the Shahada – that is, someone who refuses to make the Muslim profession of faith.

This is the ultimate goal of Islam: To convert people to Islam, whether it’s through persuasion, coercion or the sword.

Islam will never be content with religious accommodations. They want more than that. They want your soul and your country. Bullets will help with that cause. So will bombs, knives and many other nasty killing mechanisms. But Islam knows it doesn’t have to win a battle against our armed forces to conquer America. It only needs to exploit our ultimate weakness:

Victim shaming.

If our mind-set doesn’t change, eventually our leaders will try to stop their bad behavior by giving them exactly what they want most: The Islamic Republic of America.

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Martin Mawyer is the Founder and President of Christian Action Network, a non-profit public advocacy and education group based in Lynchburg, Virginia since 1990. He began his career as a freelance journalist and has authored several books, including “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” He has produced a number of documentary films, including “Europe’s Last Stand – America’s Final Warning” and “Homegrown Jihad.” Mawyer has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Larry King Live, Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, NBC’s Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Fox and Friends. His latest book, “Twilight in America,” co-authored by Patti A. Pierucci, details the activities of Islamic camps scattered throughout the United States operated by The Muslims of America.

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