The guys who did this did not do it because the Koran told them to. They didn't do it in the name of Islam. There was no religious aspect to this crime.
They happened to be muslims who did the crime, they didn't do the crime because they was muslims.
90 odd % of the UK is Christian, we don't don't look at the bible for every rape, drug offense, gangland hit, grooming crime, etc.
I totally agree that there is no clear religious aspect to these crimes. It would be too easy to pin the blame on the Koran or Islam per se.
The fact remains however that it's a problem peculiar to the Muslim community in these towns and we have to look at why it is happening with the alarming frequency it is and what could be the root causes of why men in their 20's and 30's(many married with children of their own) feel it's acceptable to sexually abuse schoolgirls?
I certainly know that when this issue first came to light in the Oldham area, at first there was incredulity amongst some of the elected officials that this could be happening so frequently on the streets of the town, one even going so far as to say that if such a thing was then it was likely to be a one-off, isolated incident!
Needless to say, as evidence came to light, that official was forced to accept that her initial statement was misguided.
I know that at one point we had 6 girls in care within the borough and social services involvement with quite a few other young girls and their families too. It's hard to get across to people the utter contempt these people have for both their victims and authority. They simply do not see or accept that what they are doing is a crime.
My personal view is that it's a combination of factors, many alluded to above by Bowes and Martyn. The wider Muslim community have to take ownership of the problem too, it's too easy for the majority to turn a blind eye and say that it's white girls who are the problem, and that some bring it on themselves through their own behaviours. If respect for women is taught in the home, then it has to be respect for ALL women and not just Muslim girls. If people of authority do not stand up and condemn what is happening then there's a danger that they may eventually be seen to be complicit in some way. That would be a sorry road to go down!