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Canada’s largest paper: honor killings just part of colo(u)rful multicultural tapestry (you ignorant racists!)

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Posted on June 22 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Also? Don't forget the Jews!

This week in Toronto, Aqsa Parvez’s father and brother were convicted of the 2007 “honor killing” of the Muslim teen who wanted to live freely in an allegedly free country. (Don’t get me started.)

Not surprisingly, the Toronto Star — the nation’s largest circulation daily for some reason — is still making excuses for this brutal crime. After all, they’ve been making the same excuses since the day she was murdered.

“Now that Aqsa Parvez’s murderers have been convicted,” Mark Steyn writes today, “it’s worth re-visiting some of the unreal, beyond-whitewashing coverage of her death.” He points to a particularly egregious contemporaneous column that appeared in the Star right after Aqsa’s funeral.

The columnist, Jim Coyle, scolded Parvez’s teenaged “pals” for daring to express their anger at the vicious murder of another child.

You see, these stupid teens just aren’t as wise and understanding as the rapidly aging Mr. Coyle. Naturally, this being the Toronto Star, Mr. Coyle was contractually obligated to school these grieving teens about the mysterious wonders of diversity, tolerance and multiculturalism that, er, the bloody execution of a Muslim immigrant child represents. He wrote:

They need to understand how profoundly disorienting is the experience of immigration – the risk taken, the price paid by someone moving to the other side of the world, almost always in the interests of the next generation.

The stakes are huge, just like the aspirations, just like the certainty of divided loyalties and conflict to come.

It’s for their perennial resonance that stories of the intergenerational culture clash are so frequently retold – in recent times in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, in Bend it Like Beckham, in a library’s worth of stories of shtetl Jews arriving in America.

Most of the time, compromises made, the story works out. Occasionally, it even inspires art…

(Funny he should mention “art”, because when Pamela Geller was “inspired” to create “art” to memorialize Aqsa, and I championed her efforts, we silly females were denounced as Islmaophobic, troglodyte racists by another male Toronto columnist, who was so disgusted by me in particular that he refused to sully his work by even spelling out my name in his column.)

(Granted, I hear that if you intone the words “Kathy Shaidle” three times into the men’s room mirror at the National Post, a Klansman appears. Although if the one doing the repetitive chanting is Chris Selley, that image might be an improvement…)

Anyhow: Canadian freedom fighter Ezra Levant takes up Steyn’s challenge at his blog today.

Like me, Levant was particularly struck by Coyle’s weird insistence upon inserting what sounds like rejected marketing copy for the 1972 Thunder Bay Multicultural Festival into a column about the slaughter of a young woman. Levant writes:

Can you believe this disgusting man, comparing Aqsa Parvez’s murder — an “honour killing” because she refused to dress like a chattel owned by the males in her family — to the heartwarming, light-hearted culture clashes in Bend it Like Beckham or Yiddish stories?

Honour killings? It’s a problem every immigrant has! It’s part of the great American dream, really!

Other than the 3% of Canadians who are Aboriginal, the rest of us are immigrants or children of immigrants. Have you ever heard of this sort of honour killing before, in our nation’s 400-year history?

Yeah, weird huh? Yet right after Aqsa’s murder, (male) Canadian columnists made excuses for her death by reminding us that the Italian immigrant fathers who came to Canada in the 1970s were strict with their families too.

You see, American readers (and stop me if you’ve heard this one…), for some reason Italy decided to export its entire illiterate, patriarchal, vaguely superstitious peasant class to another country about forty years ago, and they picked Canada. Italy figured they weren’t going to need all those stone cutters after all, since they weren’t planning on building any more churches, what with all the ones they already had being used mostly as public toilets by Muslim migrants and such.

So I grew up in a city that was overwhelmingly first and second generation Italian. Imagine the cast of the Jersey Shore multiplied by five hundred; that was my high school. So I know all about the double standards (and occasional physical and mental cruelty) of Italian immigrant dads. (At the height of its popularity, I was frequently inveigled upon to “watch The Sopranos.” I replied that there was no pressing need for me to do so. Although not in those words…)

Yet amazingly, I have absolutely no recollection of any of my classmates being, you know, murdered.

I must’ve been smoking behind the gym when it came over the P.A.

Also: I may just be a mangiacake shiksa, but I’m fairly familiar with the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, and naturally even more familiar with those of Mordechai Richler.

And I totally don’t remember the parts in those “stories of shtetl Jews arriving in America” where the fathers chopped their daughters’ heads off.

Granted, it would have made Yentl much, much shorter. Harder to sing with no head. So there’s that.

Maybe that song about honor killings got cut from Fiddler on the Roof.

Know who would know? Mark Steyn!

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