Finland is going through interesting times as a country that is fairly unfamiliar with the problems of mass-immigration: Many Finns used to answer the question about the connection between Muhammed’s life-example and the on-going tendency in many Muslim countries to have child marriages with the oh-so-naive “we can talk about that when that’s a problem in Finland”.
Well, at least we don’t have to hear that line after Finnish-resident imam Khodr Chehab openly admitted that he had married a 14-year old girl in Finland and that there are hundreds of under-aged girls who have been married in Finland under the Islamic law.
Khodr, who is an imam of the biggest Muslim-immigrant society in Finland, said in his interview with Kainuun Sanomat in April that girls as young as 11 are old enough to get married if it is allowed by the law.
Now, if he was speaking about Islamic law – which of course allows it – or Finnish law – which of course does not allow it – remained unclear in the article, but nevertheless Khodr made his point clear: In his opinion 11-year old girls are ready for marriage and fit to fulfill the duties of a wife.
What followed was a flow of outraged comments in the comments-sections of any newspaper that published the flammable news. Apparently surprised by the strong reaction, in an interview made by Aamulehti the next day, the imam drew his comments back saying (to the question if he still thinks 14 is a good age to marry): “After today I am not at all sure about that. I take my words back.”
During the 24 hour period the imam had also suddenly remembered that the 14-year old girl he had married was not 14 after all but, in fact, 16 years old. The reaction of the imam shows us something about Finland’s efforts to integrate it’s growing Muslim population:
The apparent surprise of Khodr about the fact that his statements caused such a reaction in Finnish people tells us that the imam expected something else. It would be easy to speculate that Khodr might have actually thought that Finns generally agree with him on the subject, and that they see the laws concerning this as something nominal.
This would of course explain why he stated his opinions publicly in the first place. Next thing that happened is that he suddenly found out in the worst possible way that Finns really think that having sex with 11-year old girls is just plain wrong.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he received a few angry calls after the interview. So understandably Khodr, who meant no harm, hurried to take it all back. Whatever the case may be, it is completely obvious that Khodr did not expect the reaction that his interview caused.
This tells us that nobody had bothered to make it clear to the imam that in Finland, having sex with 11-year old girls (yes, even if you would be married to her under Islamic law) is definitely no-no. Nobody had apparently bothered to make this point to Khodr, who has been functioning as an imam in Finland for over ten years.
Although it is common knowledge that child-marriages are everyday-life in many Muslim-countries, it just didn’t come to anyone’s mind to tell the imam of the biggest non-Tatar Muslim community in Finland that we don’t do that here in Finland.
I find it very alarming that this point was unclear to Khodr. The first things that should be made clear to any Muslim-immigrants are obviously that you can’t beat your wife and you can’t marry under-aged girls. Not to mention that these and many other points should definitely be clear to any religious leaders or authorities.
But the true sign of Finland’s progress towards multicultural ideals was not the imam and his statements, but the silence that followed his statements. Except for one editorial letter that condemned child-marriages a few days later, on a national level there seemed to be no motivation to comment what the imam had just blurted out.
Maybe that had something to do with the fact that the Finnish infamous politician Jussi Halla-Aho had just been charged with blasphemy, after stating in his blog that Islam is a pedophile religion.
The law-suit was the culmination of a smearing-campaign against Halla-Aho, whose views on mass-immigration made him the center of media-attention during the early stages of the European parliament election. His running for European parliament was effectively stopped by the law-suit in which he was charged of “connecting Islam’s holy institutions with pedophilia”.
Less than a week after Halla-Aho was charged with blasphemy for stating the obvious, the imam made his statements about the subject. So it is no wonder that Khodr’s statements were a bit embarrassing to the mainstream-media which, for the last week, had concentrated it’s efforts on announcing to the public how Islam is not a pedophile religion.
Considering the circumstances, it is not surprising that for example Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland, didn’t publish anything about the imam or his statements.
So, like a true multicultural dream-state, Finland has come to the point where connecting Islam with pedophilia results in charges if you are not a Muslim, but is ok if you are a Muslim.
Who From Town
The Tundra Tabloids received the following essay from the Finn, “Who from Town”, who draws our attention to the brouhaha that followed the statements of an imam in Finland, Khodr Chehab, who officiated a marriage for 14 year old girl. “Who From Town” joins an ever increasing list of Finns who warns of the dangers of Islamization that accompanies the mass immigration of Muslim immigrants to Finland. KGS