Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Killing For Honour

This week in Kingston, Ontario, a mother, father and son were found guilty of murdering three of the family's daughters and the father's first wife in his polygamous marriage.  They are Muslim Afghan immigrants who believed that the girls had become too westernized. It was a horrendous crime which was classified as an 'honour killing'.

Is multi-culturalism at the root of honour killings in Canada?

 Ezra Levant's column, "Death and dishonour in Kingston", (St. Catharines Standard, Tues. Jan. 31, 2012),  stated that there have been "more than a dozen honour killings in Canada in recent years" all perpetrated by "Muslim extremists".

He wrote that even though the young Shafia women reached out, people who were in positions to help them did not do so because the women were part of the Muslim community. 

Those in authority backed off, according to Mr. Levant, "in the name of multiculturalism".

It is interesting to note that in 1998, for example,  67  women - that's more than 5 dozen in one year, were killed in Canada at the hands of husbands, boyfriends, ex-husbands or ex-boyfriends

and In 6 out of 10 cases the police were  aware that violence characterized the relationship but were unable or unwilling to help.  

Violence against women is found in all areas of society.

Suggesting that the Shafia women could have been saved if it wasn't for multi-culturalism is silly and in this case more likely meant to inflame the post 911 distrust of Muslims, most of whom do not terrorize and murder their daughters.


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