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Strength in Diversity?

February 3, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, the National Post discussed an editorial on sex-selective abortions in the Canadian Medical Association Journal:

“Should female feticide in Canada be ignored because it is a small problem localized to minority ethnic groups? No,” said the editorial written by Dr. Kale, a Mumbai-born neurologist.

“The solution is to postpone the disclosure of medically irrelevant information to women until after about 30 weeks of pregnancy.”

I suppose that’s a pretty trivial inconvenience, but it would make for a nice clear case of a few minorities ruining things for everyone else. But it’s normal for the media to suggest that problems like this are “our” problems. Which I guess they now are.

In the wake of the Shafia conviction, Monday’s Globe and Mail ran an article called “Understanding the dynamics of a ‘crime of honour’,” which suggests we could do more to help the women at risk in these cases:

Dr. Mojab of the U of T points to Britain and Sweden as leaders in developing strategies for dealing with family violence stemming from a patriarchal need for control. Training materials, such as video clips showing abuse scenarios, have been used extensively with police forces there and in schools. It’s time they were widely adopted in Canada, she said.

If we’re going to take a lesson from Europe’s experience with Muslims, shouldn’t it be that if Muslims are allowed into the country, they’re going to bring a bunch of problems with them? (A little while, Skarphedin rounded up the evidence on race and crime in Western countries, to rather shocking effect. In the same vein, here’s a remarkable news report from Norway indicating that every single “assault involving rape” in Oslo for the ast five years or so was perpetrated by a non-Western man.)

Access to world cuisine is great, but the disadvantages of diversity seem rather more profound than the advantages.

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Credit where credit is due: on Tuesday, the Globe published an editorial by Adnan Khan, putting the responsibility where it belongs:

Any Muslim worth his or her salt will also need to do some serious soul-searching. For years, Muslim communities – in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. – have approached honour crimes as something alien to Islam. They point out the obvious: Killing in the name of honour has nothing to do with their faith. And they are right, of course. They have also pointed out that many non-Muslim societies around the world tacitly condone the victimization of women to protect a man’s honour. This, they have implied, clears Muslims of responsibility for dealing with misogynist behaviour in their community.

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