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“Edmonton bus ad controversy is outrageous political correctness”

At last, some common sense about our AFDI honor killing bus ads in Edmonton: “What’s outrageous is the politically correct claptrap that’s being used not only to justify removing the five ads, but to deny there is a problem with Muslim honour killings in general.”

Even one of the most prominent Muslim leaders in Canada has admitted this in the past. Atlas reader Dai Vai writes: “In 2006, Mahmoud Ayoub from the IIIT (MB outfit coconspirator, etc.) testified on behalf of a Muslim man who killed his wife. Here is what he said at the trial about the relationship between Islam and honour. The conclusion of the judge at section 86 is very strong.” Here it is:

[86] The thrust of Dr. Ayoub’s evidence is not that Muslim men will lose control and act in a rage when confronted with their wives’ infidelities, but rather that their religious and cultural beliefs dictate that wives who are unfaithful deserve to suffer significant consequences. If an accused relies on religious and cultural beliefs like those described by Dr. Ayoub to support a provocation defence, the trial judge must carefully instruct the jury as to the distinction between a homicide committed by one who has lost control and a homicide committed by one whose cultural and religious beliefs lead him to believe that homicide is an appropriate response to the perceived misconduct of the victim. Only the former engages the defence of provocation. The latter provides a motive for murder.

That court case is here: http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onca/doc/2006/2006canlii12287/2006canlii12287.html

“Edmonton bus ad controversy is outrageous political correctness” Lorne Gunter, Sun News October 31st, 2013

LORNE GUNTER - Edmonton bus ad controversy is outrageous political correctness

Edmonton bus ads depicting Muslim women as victims – and suggesting families of the faith practise honour killings – have been pulled off the street by Edmonton Transit officials.

It’s not outrageous that Edmonton Transit removed ads from its buses reaching out to Muslim girls and women who might be under threat of honour killing by their families.

What’s outrageous is the politically correct claptrap that’s being used not only to justify removing the five ads, but to deny there is a problem with Muslim honour killings in general.

Frankly, it’s surprising the ads were put up in buses in the first place. Singling out an identifiable group was bound to be controversial. Might as well have framed each of the $500 ads with flashing neon lights that exclaimed, “Look here! Look here!”

Transit officials and the company that places the ads for them backed into this one butts-first.

The ads were paid for by the Stop Islam of America campaign of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a New York based organization run by anti-Sharia law activist and author Pamela Geller.

Each ad shows the photos of seven young Muslim women. The text reads “Muslim Girls Honor Killed by Their Families,” then asks “Is your family threatening you? Is there a Fatwa on Your Head?” Finally, contact information where help can be found is given.

Predictably, the opposition to the ads – led by Coun. Amarjeet Sohi and a handful of local Muslims – has attempted to deny there is a particular problem with honour killing among Muslims.

Sohi professed to be “deeply disappointed” when he learned about the ads. He complained “These ads targeted one particular group. Honour killings is a very serious concern in every community and we need to speak up against it, but … singling out one particular group, does not help resolve it.”

That’s where the argument against the ads goes off the rails. By denying that Muslim honour killing is a particular problem, Sohi and the others are the ones standing in the way of resolving the problem. Denial of a problem is not the first step towards solving it. Quite the opposite.

To be sure, there are honour killings in communities other than the Muslim community. In Canada, there have been several high-profile honour killings by Indo-Canadians. But “in every community?” I don’t recall a problem among Dutch-Canadians, for instance, or Presbyterian Canadians.

By insisting a problem is more widespread than it really is – that it is not a result of certain beliefs or cultural practices – we are actually moving away from a solution, not towards one.

Worldwide, Muslims commit over 90% of the 20,000 or more honour killings identified each year, according to research published in the Middle East Quarterly. Over half are motivated by a father’s, husband’s or brother’s belief that a daughter, wife or sister has become “too Western.” Also, over half involve torture before the fatal blow is struck.

Honour killings are a growing problem in Canada, so much so that this past spring the federal government gave the Canadian Council of Muslim Women a sizeable grant to study the extent of it and to propose solutions. They didn’t give the money to the Council of Belgian Women or Baha’i Women.

The federal Tories also saw fit to condemn honour killings in the citizenship guide it gives to all new Canadians.

It would have been much smarter if the American sponsors of the ads had not singled out Muslim women. While internationally the percentage of honour killings committed by Muslims is over 90%, in Canada it’s closer to two-thirds.

By concentrating solely on Muslim victims, the sponsors show they aren’t truly horrified by honour killings, just the ones committed by Muslims.

The city would have no right to order the same ads taken down from private property. But the buses are city property.

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