Little Green Footballs

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

All the news that's fit to twist

Check out this sensationalist headline on LGF.

'Honor Killing' Epidemic in Britain
In a post which includes a devastating one line of commentary from the 'lizard clown' himself he states.

At least 17,000 women are victims every year.
You would conclude that 17,000 women are being killed in Britain every year because of the 'epidemic' of this barbaric practice.

The first line of the piece however (which Charles quotes) puts it into context.

Up to 17,000 women in Britain are being subjected to “honour” related violence, including murder, every year, according to police chiefs.
So that's not 17,000 murder victims then, despite what Charles misleadingly states in the headline and his one line post. Police estimate the number of killings at about 12, which itself is a horrific figure but not exactly an 'epidemic' as Charles states.

Now we here at LGFW believe that one victim who suffers because of an 'honor crime' is too many, but as a label 'honor crime' is useless and unrepresentative.

Obviously Charles highlights this on his blog in the context of painting Britain as being 'Islamized' and the dreaded Muslims importing their religious fanaticism, but in reality 'honor killing' is far from being a uniquely Islamic problem. Immigrants from South Asia are the most likely to be the victims of these crimes and many cases have involved Sikhs and Hindus. Even Christians have been found to indulge in the practice.

None of the world's major religions condone honor-related crimes. But those who are guilty have sometimes tried to justify their actions on religious grounds. I suppose this is good enough for bigots like Charles Johnson.


Karen said...

Au contraire. Those who are guilty insist that the savage murders of their female relatives have nothing to do with Islam.

But the UN report of 5,000 murders for "honor" each year is a gross underestimate, as many such killing go unreported out of fear, or cover-up.

However, until recently, when did you hear of honor killings on a regular basis in Europe, Canada and the US?

It's certainly not in the fabric of Western culture.

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

MJ said...

Those who are guilty insist that the savage murders of their female relatives have nothing to do with Islam

I used the word 'sometimes' and would encourage you to think about that, so as to avoid vast sweeping statements like the one above. My statement regarding them blaming faith (no matter what belief system) was not directed solely at Islam.

ERS said...

The dishonor killings in Britain have different characteristics than those that occur globally.

Globally, the overwhelming majority of the U.N.-estimated 5,000 dishonor killings per annum occur in Arab/Muslim countries and in Arab/Muslim immigrant communities elsewhere. This is due not to Islam per se, but to certain cultural practices.

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"