Make sure you read my column this week at WND:
DEFENDING THE WEST
Exclusive: Pamela Geller takes on journalists reporting on Muslim family murderers
Last Sunday, a landmark case in Canada came to its conclusion: Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed Shafia were all found guilty of the Islamic honor killings of Hamed’s three teenage sisters and the polygamous Mohammad Shafia’s other wife. The verdict came despite the mainstream media’s best efforts to whitewash and cover up the motive for this mass honor killing.
Shariah did not prevail; justice was served. Yet the media’s malevolent enthusiasm to self-enforce the blasphemy laws under the Shariah (“do not offend Islam”) has extinguished whatever humanity they might have had. Islamic gendercide is epidemic in Muslim countries and an increasing problem in the West as Muslim populations grow. Muslims are responsible for 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. Islamic law stipulates no penalty for a parent who kills his child.
Instead of expressing repulsion and outrage at the systematic murder of girls yearning to be free and shining a light on this monstrous religious slaughter, the media have gone to irrational (even criminal) lengths to deny the connection of this honor killing, and every honor killing, to Islamic law. We see this time and time again.
Such is the case in a column published in the Toronto Star on the morning of the day the verdict was announced. The dishonesty and dhimmitude of the Canadian columnist, Rosie DiManno, was particularly galling. She was almost cheerleading the murderers and absolutely whitewashing honor killings.
The honor murderers in the Shafia case were quite clear that the three Shafia daughters had disrespected Islam, and that’s why they were murdered. Mohammad Shafia expressed no regret, saying: “I would do it again 100 times.” He made it clear that he did it because he thought his daughters were violating Islamic norms: “May the devil s–t on their graves. Is that what a daughter should be? Would a daughter be such a whore?” He also said: “God’s curse on them for generations. … They betrayed Islam.”
And yet Rosie DiManno wrote that honor killing had nothing to do with Afghan traditions (the Shafias are from Afghanistan) and hence nothing to do with Islamic traditions, either. DiManno comes across as a confused apologist desperately wanting to believe that the Shafia honor killing had nothing to do with Islam – but then she’s confronted with reality. On the one hand, DiManno insists that “there is nothing in being Afghan that can remotely rationalize or contextualize the crime of which they, with son Hamed, stand accused.” But then she quotes Tooba’s sister Soraya, who lives in Kabul, saying yes, that she would kill for honor. Soraya’s husband then adds: “If any of (my) daughters dishonored me, I would put them in a bag and eliminate them so no one would ever find their traces in Afghanistan.”
And as for “contextualizing the crime,” Islamic scholar Robert Spencer has pointed out the context time and time again:
A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.
Also, several Muslim countries prescribe lenient sentences for honor murder.
But DiManno knows nothing about all this. She doesn’t even see what’s right in front of her face. She says in the same sentence that “the Shafia family was not particularly religious,” but then adds that “they did pray five times a day.” I kid you not.
DiManno’s observations about life in Afghanistan are completely anecdotal and do not reflect reality. On the one hand she writes, “women are worth less than cattle and sheep. Daughters, sisters, wives are an extension of their menfolk. Creepy old men marry 10-year-old girls,” and then goes on to say that “though honor killings are hardly atypical,” this one is just outside the limits of their barbarism. Tell it to all of the dead girls, Rosie.
DiManno’s entire column was a pathetic attempt to whitewash the motive of this mass honor killing, thereby paving the way for more of these murders.