CAIR Canada: “Zero Tolerance” for “Honor Killings?”

December 23, 2007, 12:47 pm


By Andrew Whitehead

The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Canada (CAIR-CAN) recently issued a press release calling for “zero tolerance” regarding domestic abuse in Canada.

The press release involved a 16 year-old teenager, Aqsa Parvez, who was apparently strangled to death by her father for refusing to wear the traditional hijab outside her home. Her father has reportedly confessed to the murder.

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Completely missing from both the news report and CAIR-Canada’s press release is the simple fact that this was another religiously-mandated “honor killing”, one that takes place with great regularity in the Middle East, and now increasingly in the West as Islam spreads world-wide.

Many Muslim families find the West to be not only foreign, but seemingly hostile to their religious beliefs. The idea that girls and women can walk alone outside the home, uncovered; go to school unescorted; even travel great distances without a male family escort or without permission is simply unthinkable. They view any society that allows these activities to be weak and immodest in the eyes of their version of Allah.

CAIR-CAN goes on to quote Islamic Social Services Association President Shahina Siddiqui who paints this murder as:

“… a problem that cuts across Canadian society.”

But is it?

Do non-Muslims murder their children based on religious conviction? If so, how often has it occurred in the past? We did a cursory check of Canadian newspapers and we could not find any cases of non-Muslims murdering their children based on religious beliefs in the recent past. However, that same check revealed an article in the Vancouver Sun that stated:

A 14-year-old female rape victim is strangled to death in March 2004 by her father and brother because she has supposedly tarnished the family name.

In April 2004, a man brutally kills his wife and daughter after finding out
that his brother had previously molested them.

A teenage girl with a Turkish background has her throat cut by her father after he learns she has a Christian boyfriend.

All three of these cases had in common a single faith, Islam; a brutal murder at the hands of a family member; and were committed against Muslim females.

By attempting to equate honor killings with other domestic abuse cases, CAIR-Canada is covering up the unique nature of Canadian Islamic honor killings and thus resolving itself of any need to take pro-active action to prevent them in the future.

Why? Could it be because CAIR-Canada subscribes to Wahhabi Islam, that odious brand of Islam where honor killings are not only allowed, but are expected when female Muslims ‘forget their place’ in Islamic society? The same Wahhabi Islam that would sentence a rape victim to 200 lashes for violating Shariah law?

CAIR-Canada knows, as does its American master, that calling for an end to honor killings will upset their Saudi masters.

Like a good little lap-dog, CAIR-Canada knows who holds the leash …

Andrew Whitehead

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Related: Canada, Feminism, Human Rights, Islam

2 Responses to “CAIR Canada: “Zero Tolerance” for “Honor Killings?””

  1. ERS Says:

    “Honor” killings are believed to have their origins in misinterpretations of pre-Islamic Arab tribal codes. They pre-date Islam by centuries and, in fact, are un-Islamic.

    What confuses the issue is that the overwhelming majority of the U.N.-estimated 5,000 “honor” killings per annum globally occur in Arab/Muslim countries and in Arab/Muslim immigrant communities elsewhere. So there is a correlation, but has more to do with culture than faith.

    Those who believe “honor” killings are just another form of domestic violence are technically correct, but a bit disingenuous if they are serious about wanting to identify the triggers and design and execute effective programs to prevent them. They have some unique qualities and, in some countries where they occur, the laws are actually perpetrator friendly (e.g., Jordan, Syria). So it’s important to call them what they really are and stop the politically correct nonsense. It’s not racist or hateful or Islamophobic to stand for basic, universal human rights. To the contrary.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

  2. Karen Tintori Says:

    If CAIR truly cared, it would call an “honor” killing an “honor” killing and demand an end to these horrific vengeance murders.

    Brava to Ellen R. Sheeley for speaking the truth.

    Karen Tintori, author
    Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family

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