Suspected Muslim Honor Killings In Canada
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There has, as Kathy Shaidle points out, something of an epidemic of drowning deaths among the Muslim women in Canada. In Sweden, similar women tend to fall off balconies.

A headline in the Toronto Star discusses this: Were deaths of 4 women a matter of 'honour'?, July 24, 2009, by Andrew Chung in Kingston, Ont. and Daniel Dale in Toronto.

That's a good start but a better headline, in order to tell people what the story is about, would be either

  • Were deaths of 4 Muslim women a matter of 'honour'?


  • Were deaths of 4 women a matter of Muslim 'honour'?

Of course, the Star, while mentioning that suspects hail from Afghanistan "one of the countries in which honour crimes are most common," and have lived in Dubai, don't actually mention the Religion of Peace until the 19th paragraph

The application of the phrase "honour killing" can be contentious, particularly for minority communities that fear being collectively tarred by the violence of a small number of people.

Anver Emon, a University of Toronto law professor who specializes in Islamic law, said he sympathizes with such concerns but supports the employment of the phrase when justified by the facts.

"From a social perspective, you don't want to criminalize a community by associating them with a particular, heinous act of violence," Emon said.

"On the other hand, from a legal perspective ... why 'honour killing' can be useful is that it captures the idea of a kind of premeditation — that this wasn't an in-the-moment, spur-of-the-moment crime of passion but something that may have been planned. . . . It speaks to a kind of evil and hideousness that we must at all times prevent."

Which is fine, but why did they ask a "professor who specializes in Islamic law" about it? Islam and Muslims hadn't been mentioned.

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