Monday, January 30, 2012

Guilty Verdict in Muslim Honor Killings

by Thomas Lifson

They are not celebrating diversity quite as much in Canada these days. UPI reports:

An Afghan immigrant to Canada, his second wife and his son were convicted Sunday of the honor killings of his first wife and three daughters.

Mohammad Shafia, 59, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, and Hamed Shafia were immediately given the mandatory life sentence with a minimum of 25 years without parole (snip)

...witnesses said family had frequent arguments after they moved to Montreal in 2007. Shafia and his second wife and son objected to the other women's preference for Western clothing, music and boyfriends.

Canada, The United States, and other western countries that welcome immigrants from the Muslim world have for too long embraced the notion of diversity uber alles: as if there were no set of values which must be respected by those who choose to enter their societies as immigrants. While it is reassuring that brutal murders are not celebrated as part of the "gorgeous mosaic," the very doctrine that host societies must adapt to immigrants' preferences is wrong headed.

If your values are not compatible with ours, stay in your home country!

Hat tip: Jim Netolick

Update: Here are some pictures of the murdered girls, via Christie Blatchford of the National Post.

Ms. Blatchford comments:

...honour crimes, a phenomenon spreading across the planet and on the rise just about everywhere, have happened and been publicized in every place this family has ever lived, from their native Afghanistan to Australia and Dubai and, of course, Canada.

Where once such crimes were largely confined to the Middle East and South Asia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women now gets reports of such crimes from more than 20 countries.

Recent research by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation, which just last month published figures from British police forces obtained through freedom of information requests, showed almost 3,000 honour attacks were recorded by police in the United Kingdom in 2010.

And Pakistan, where the Shafias fled in 1992 and lived for four years, is to honour killing what Las Vegas is to gambling or Mecca to Islam - the holiest shrine.

Every year, between 300 and 1,000 girls and women in Pakistan are punished, usually but not exclusively by their fathers and brothers, for real or perceived crimes against family honour. Just last month, Pakistan's Human Rights Commission reported that in the first nine months of 2011, 675 women and girls were killed in honour slayings.

These crimes always involve real or imagined breaches of female sexual integrity, and the offences range from being seen with unknown males, being too independent, being raped (which brings shame to the tribe), asking for divorce, dressing provocatively - or even rumours of any of the above.

And in the last two years, 2006 and 2007, that the Shafia clan lived in Dubai before coming to Canada, a local paper, the Gulf News, reported at least two cases of honour crimes, one where two brothers beat up and locked away their 35-year-old sister for staying with a man.

Thomas Lifson


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