We at the Independent Women’s Forum have long wondered why some women in the west harshly criticize our own society, while refusing to utter more than a peep against certain anti-woman practices (honor killing springs readily to mind) in other parts of the world. Now, as Mark Steyn reports, a Canadian radio host is taking this refusal to condemn honor killing a step further:

[Radio Host] John Oakley is seriously entertaining the question of whether Canadian judges should give those who commit “honour” killings a break because they have different “cultural practices” and may not be aware of our norms and laws; defence attorney Lawrence Ben-Eliezer thinks judges should take these differences into consideration because we have “multiculturalism.”

Oakley’s defense of honor killing was prompted by a discussion of the death of Aqsa Parvez, who was strangled by her father and brother after she posted an item on Facebook. It apparently dealt with how hard it was to live in the traditional mandated by her father in an open, western society. Tragically, it turned out to be even more difficult than the sixteen-year-old thought it would be. Steyn observes:

These deaths are not the result of sudden outbreaks of violent anger, but the horrific final moments of years of abuse ended often with meticulous planning by the “family” and prolonged suffering by the victim. Yet the American media gave more coverage to Muzzammil Hassan when he launched an unwatched cable talk network in 2004 than when he sawed off his wife’s head five years later.

Steyn does give gutsy feminist Pam Chessler credit for writing about how the media ignores these murders.