12 December 2007

UPDATE: One small correction

In an earlier post, I pointed out that Mohamed Elmasry, President of the Canadian Islamic Congress, was being uncharacteristically silent on the Aqsa Parvez murder.
It turns out ol' Mo does indeed have something to say...
"I don't want the public to think that this is really an Islamic issue or an immigrant issue," said Mohamed Elmasry of the Canadian Islamic Congress. "It is a teenager issue."
Well... thank goodness we cleared that up. Damn teenagers... somebody should just, well... uh... 

UPDATE:  Oops... here comes another little tweak
United Muslim Women of Canada's Anisa Ali said the public shouldn't assume that honour killings only happen in the Muslim community. She said honour killings are not limited to Islamic countries like Pakistan, Jordan, Syria and Afghanistan.
I've gotta say, Anisa... we're a little old-fashioned around these parts. Trotting out the venerable "all the other guys are doing it" defense... well, that just might not be your best move here.

UPDATE2:  CAIR-CAN weighs in
A spokesman for the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) said he is dubious of opinions that the girl's death resulted from a clash of cultures.
"Teen rebellion is something that exists in all households in Canada and is not unique to any culture or background," CAIR-CAN's Sameer Zuberi said in an interview. "Domestic violence is also not unique to Muslims."
LAST WORD: I'll have the Spinbot Special 

Who knows how many hours it took for the obviously unapologetic weasel-wordsmiths at CTV news, to come up with a way to report this story... without actually using the word "strangle." To quote (and I wrote it down, so I wouldn't screw it up) talking-head Lloyd Robertson...
"Her neck was compressed, to the point she couldn't breathe."
Good grief. 

'neck compression' - makes it sound like some kind of yoga exercise. Nice.