Child brides are a known problem around the world, but we’ve heard more about them happening in the United States in recent months than we’d heard in the news before. It has gotten to the point that a heinous crime involving a 14-year-old bride and her 10-year-old sister married in a Philadelphia mosque to a man more than twice her age barely makes local news, let alone state or national news.
Rajmann Sanders has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including raping the two girls for the last three years. According to his “bride,” she was forced to marry the man at the Masjid Uthman Dan Fodiyo mosque in Philadelphia. She claims the mosque covered up the crimes against her and her younger sister.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police are now investigating whether child weddings are being conducted at a Philadelphia mosque after a sexual assault victim comes forward to Action News. https://t.co/5MmaJ4KW2d
— Lt. Commander Daniel Webster (@IamDanno1776) March 17, 2019
When I first heard about the story, I figured I would be able to find something about it on Fox News, Townhall, Breitbart, or some other right-leaning news outlet. So far, nothing. This is just another reason that we’re so adamant about growing this news site through donations by our readers. Conservative media is so focused on Robert Mueller, Chelsea Clinton, or whatever the “big” right wing story of the day is that there’s not nearly enough attention being paid to stories patriotic Americans need to read.
This is sick and we may be seeing the tip of the iceberg. As can be seen by a visual of the mosque, this doesn’t look like a place where people come to worship. It appears to be hidden away, run down, and intentionally inconspicuous. If one were to imagine a place claiming to be a mosque where sickening child marriages happen regularly, this is what we’d imagine. Thankfully, police are investigating.
Protecting children should be one of our top priorities, yet stories like these slip through the cracks. If it weren’t for this brave young lady who has been abused herself and wants to stop such things from happening to her children, we may never have even heard of this crime and possible criminal ring.
Where’s the outrage? If this were a Christian church or a synagogue allegedly performing forced marriages between adult men and young teen girls, it would be huge news. There would be protests. Ask yourself why this is.
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