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dan2see


Jan 29, 2012, 7:54 PM

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Re: [pinktricam] Islam, the religion of honor (killings)...
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As a Canadian of long standing, I found this case, and the trial, very interesting.

Canada is a "Land of Immigrants". I have seen wave after wave of immigration to our country, and I've seen how the new cultures adapt to the existing Canadians, and eventually become the existing Canadians. It's a difficult process, and painful for many.

In the 21st Century, there has been a lot of effort to allow new cultures to operate here. This is not easy, because the old rules aren't like Canadian rules. But we try to accomodate where possible.

Religious Tolerance.org wrote:
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canada's Constitution, guarantees religious freedom to all citizens and residents. This includes both freedom of belief and practice. However, the Charter also contains a section that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race and other factors. These two requirements often result in a conflict between religious freedom and human rights...
Here's the link: Religious Tolerance.org

Our Charter is more powerful than culture and even the law.

As the Shafia murder trial went on, I read and watched every day. I was horrified by the parent's beliefs and saddened by their crime. I thought about what this "honour" thing must mean to them, and how it got that way. I asked why did their culture take on such a dire attitude? Even the idea of modesty, which applies very broadly to women but not men, seems odd.

In my mind, Shariah and Honour are both travesties of morals.

But what can I say to my many Muslim friends? Nothing. Canada is a land of immigrants, and we try to respect everybody's culture.

Now we know, there's a limit to how we treat each other, and the limit is clearly defined by our Constitution.

This case boldly proclaims to our New Canadians, and to the rest of the world, how our Constitution requires that our human rights and freedoms really matter, and are absolute rules of behaviour.

(Edit to add...)
After the verdict, Mr. Shafia was videotaped as he exited the Court, saying "Wrong, wrong..." and yet this is 2 1/2 years after the murder was committed.


(This post was edited by dan2see on Jan 29, 2012, 8:02 PM)



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