Now, perhaps some reading this will see a clear cut example of the Austrian legal system and the ECHR giving undue protection to a religion. After all, the default age of consent set by the European Union is sixteen. It is sixteen in Scotland. On the surface, then, this may look open-and-shut; this is an example of and adult having sex with a minor. It is difficult today to separate this from the neo-orientalist anxiety surrounding child brides, and so it is at least understandable why some people arrive at the conclusion that this was paedophilia.
It is this sense of tragedy that is utterly lost on the racists and bigots who relish any opportunity to spew their hateful words out against perfectly innocent people. While the horror of what was happening was sinking in I realised that social media would soon – if it hadn’t already – come alive with a rash of Islamophobic remarks and memes.