Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Honor Killing

Noor Ignored

Noor Almaleki, whom I wrote about over the weekend, has died, the latest Western victim of a Muslim honor killing. If there were a Matthew Shepard murder every few months, Frank Rich et al would be going bananas about the "climate of hate" in our society, but you can run over your daughter, decapitate your wife, drown three teenage girls and a polygamous spouse, and progressive opinion and the press couldn't give a hoot. Indeed, as The Atlantic notes, it's merely an obsession of us right-wing kooks.

Honor killings and political correctness

Yesterday, Noor Almaleki of Arizona died of injuries sustained when her father allegedly ran her over in his Jeep in what officials called an attempted honor killing. The twenty-year-old Almaleki had apparently become, according to The Arizona Republic, "too Westernized." In the past few days, the incident has caused a furor among conservative bloggers. Why? They believe that political correctness has prevented the story from getting picked up in the mainstream press. Are big media sources too wary of discussing honor killings?

What If Christians Were Doing This?

Good question, to which we all know the answer.

Cultural Values

I was struck by this passage:

Peter-Ali Almaleki said he loves his sister and that should she not have to be suffering her injuries. But he added that the family lives by different cultural values.

"One thing to one culture doesn’t make sense to another culture," he added.

This would be a less ludicrous argument if Mr. Almaleki hadn't run down his daughter in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's all a bit culture à la carte, isn't it? Infidel motor vehicles, fine. Infidel guarantees on individual rights, no way. Maybe when you're such a sorry excuse of a believer that you're incapable of pulling off your lousy "honor killing" without resorting to a Grand Cherokee, you're the one who's becoming "too westernized."

I think the father should be the one to kill himself. He's the one who brought his family to live in a foreign culture. The dishonor, as they say, is all his. Not to mention that honor killings bring dishonor to Muslims, at least to those who look from without. Honor killings are repulsive and not a great way to attract converts. "We kill our wives and children if they don't follow our religion of fear and intimidation, won't you join us?" "Ummm, No."

And speaking of liberals, they've pretty much copied the whole fear and intimidation playbook but they don't give their children a chance to grow up and decide. Well, unless it's convenient.

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