January 30, 2012, - 1:30 pm

Wall St. Journal, MSM Whitewash Guilty Canadian Muslim Honor Killers

By Debbie Schlussel

They’re not Muslim Murderers. They’re “Exotic Immigrants.”

I don’t think I need to repeat the particulars regarding the Canadian Muslims found guilty, yesterday, of murdering three daughters and one of the wives in the polygamous Islamic family in an honor killing.  Canadian media have covered it for months, repeatedly making excuses for the “family” and usually refraining from the one common thing that unites most honor killers:  they are Muslim.  But what is jaw-dropping (but which I should be used to by now in over ten years of this BS) is today’s Wall Street Journal exercise in apologism that parades as “reporting” by Alistair MacDonald.


Sly Mohammad & the Family Shafia’s Family (Honor Killing) Affair: Kingston Trio of Convicted Murderers Tooba Mohammad Yahya, Hamed Shafia, and Mohammad Shafia

Mr. MacDonald only once mentions the word Muslim (and never Islam), and only when he is repeating the name of an organization from one of the many apologists whose excuses he reprints: that these Afghan “immigrants” were found guilty because they are “exotic” immigrants. And that’s only in the online edition. In the same article in the print edition of today’s Wall Street Journal, Islam and Muslim are words that simply never appear in the article. And in both version of the article, MacDonald never once alludes to the religion that has cornered the market on honor killing murders.  He repeatedly makes excuses and uses the euphemism “immigrants” for Muslims as a way of explaining away what is obviously not common to most immigrants unless they are Muslim.  He talks about how there have only been 15 honor killing convictions in Canada since 1954, as if this means there aren’t a lot of honor killings.  Uh-huh, because Muslims never ever get away with crimes.  They never cover up what was in fact an honor killing, trying to make it look like something else when they get caught.

MacDonald refers to the murdered first wife of the polygamous, honor-killing patriarch in this family, but refused to mention which religion it is that both has many wives and engages in honor killing.  Is it Wicca?  Shintoism?  Yup, it’s another case of “Guess the Religion.”  But, because, the answer is so obvious, you don’t win a prize.  In fact, the prize seems to go to the “reporter” who tries hardest to avoid reporting on Islam when it is behind anything but positive PR spun from phoniness.  And today’s prize goes to Old MacDonald, who sadly isn’t relegated to the farm, but instead gets to “report” and whitewash Islam for the Wall Street Journal.

Here is the article.  Tell me if you see the word Islam, Muslim, or any form thereof, other than in the last sentence (where, again, it is only the name of an organization of apologist jihadists).  And tell me the number of excuses you can count (hint:  more than the fingers on your hands).  Oh, and check out his cute little definition of “integration”:  homeownership and speaking English.  Huh?  Nidal Malik Hasan and Mohammed Atta spoke English and either one of ’em could have owned a home.  This is “integration?”  Frickin’ hilarious.  Here’s a hint:  if you have several wives and murder your own daughters for dating “unapproved boyfriends,” you ain’t integrated.

A Canadian court found two Afghan immigrant parents and their eldest son guilty of murdering four female family members in a so-called honor killing Sunday, the climax of a case that’s transfixed Canada and sparked a wider debate about clashing cultures amid the country’s large immigrant population.

Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and eldest son, Hamed, were found guilty of killing Mr. Shafia’s three teenage daughters and Mr. Shafia’s first wife in an elaborately staged, though ultimately bungled, car accident in June 2009. The defense argued the four died after a late-night joy ride went awry.

The four-month trial opened a relatively rare window onto honor killings in North America. The crime, where victims are murdered for bringing shame on their family, is increasingly common in western European countries like Britain and Sweden, which have seen large-scale immigration from countries where researchers say the custom happens most—such as Pakistan, India and Turkey.

Even as Canada and the U.S. increasingly welcome in a growing number of immigrants from the same places, high-profile court cases of honor killings are still comparatively uncommon. The heinous nature of the Shafia case has shocked Canadians, proud of their relatively open borders and the country’s reputation for integrating immigrants.

In Canada, there have been only 15 convictions related to honor crimes since 1954, with all but three after 1999, according to research from Quebec’s Universite de Sherbrooke.

Some commentators have argued honor crimes have risen in Canada as the country’s ethnic profile has changed. In the 1970s, Canada’s biggest source of immigration, or 36%, was Europe, according to government statistics. By 2006, one in two new immigrants came from Asia, with Europe accounting for 16% of new entries. Other academics argue violence against women exists across all communities, but when it is committed by some ethnicities it is called an honor crime.

The prosecution argued it was honor rooted in Afghan tribal traditions that led Mr. Shafia to cleanse the shame he felt from the conduct of his rebellious daughters, Zainab, 19 years old, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13. The eldest two took unapproved boyfriends, and all three disobeyed their father through their independent behavior and sometimes-revealing dress. Rona Amir Mohammad, who was Mr. Shafia’s first spouse in the polygamous family, was killed, the prosecution argued, because she was a troublesome first wife and lenient step mother.

The trial filled the Canadian press with the macabre details of a murder in which police believe the victims were drowned and then placed into a car that was then pushed into a lock outside of Kingston, near Toronto. The local press printed police transcripts of a ranting Mr. Shafia calling his daughters “whores” and boasting, “nothing is more dear to me than my honor.”

In recent decades, immigrants in Canada have ranked as the world’s most integrated among North American and European nations receiving large numbers of new arrivals, according to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a U.S. think tank that compared indicators such as homeownership and learning English.

But Canadian commentators have seized on the Shafia case as an example where immigrants aren’t required to integrate enough. They have broadly criticized Canadian public services, including teachers and police, for not intervening when the girls complained of their father’s sometimes-violent discipline. An editorial in the right-of-center National Post newspaper framed the Shafia girls as victims of Canada’s “perverse national habit” of emphasizing “multicultural propriety” over individual welfare.

Alia Hogben, executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, believes “the system” failed the three because they were treated as “exotic” minorities rather than “ordinary” Canadians.

“Exotic,” indeed. Um, sorry, but as much as Muslims–and their apologists like Wall Street Journal “reporter” Alistair MacDonald–would like to think of themselves as extraordinary and better than all of us, they are as “exotic” as “exotic” dancers and the poles around which they gyrate (with apologies to both the strippers and the herpes-infested pole for the degrading comparison).

And even more phony. Ditto for Wall Street Journal apologist MacDonald’s pretense at reporting.

Canada lets these Muslims in.  And so do we.  Why, then, are we surprised that these honor killings go on?  It’s obvious which religion brings this murderous practice to our shores.

And it ain’t Buddhism.

The problem in this case and so many others like it is not “immigrants,” it’s MUSLIM immigrants. And, frankly, just plain Islam, native or foreign-born.

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I brought it to Debbie’s attention Sunday.

This funniest thing about this sickening display of Islamo-pandering we see in the MSM is the fact that not one feminist organization has come out to denounce “honor killings.”

If its Islam, brutality towards females gets a pass. And these are the same folks up in arms over the slightest effort to secure equal treatment for Western men.

The hypocrisy is so thick you could cut a knife with it. Are they going to demand Muslims be required to conform to our way of life and live by our values?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

NormanF on January 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Debbie, I think that the National Post columnist, Christie Blatchford, who’s been covering this multiple murder case for quite some time, has made it clear all along, that this is a case involving one of Islam’s favourite practices.


Certainly, there was never any doubt in my mind.

OCH: She is a columnist, NOT a reporter. Also, the National Post is conservative, supposedly. I was referring to more of the MSM in Canada, like CBC, etc. DS

Occidental Charlie Hearse on January 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I noticed how our local ABC television Channel 7 news reported this story at noon today, describing the family only using the words, “Conservative Afghan background.”

Nesh on January 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    The creativity is frickin’ hilarious!

    But then again, Islam is the Religion Of Peace and they would never ever commit the staged murders of their own children, now would they?

    People just don’t want to see the trees for the forest.

    NormanF on January 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Her article does not once mention the word Islam or Muslim any context associated with “honor killings.”

Its like there is a concerted attempt not to hold Islam responsible for a barbaric practice. I would think if it was a Jewish or Christian culturally sanctioned practice, they would connect the dots and condemn it.

But Islam and Muslims can never ever be responsible for anything they do.

That is why you see this universally agreed code of silence about it in the mass media.

NormanF on January 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

“They’re not Muslim Murders. They’re Exotic Immigrants.”

Huh, what? Is the WSJ kidding me or are they just pulling my leg or something? Of course these are muslim murders who did this honor killing in Canada, this is pretty typical of islam, honor killings occur whenever someone from the muslim faith isn’t “muslim enough” according the islamist who are rabidly devout zealots.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Nothing exotic about murder…

Alan on January 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Wow, great article, Debbie.

Just mind-boggling the blatant pandering, misinformation and misdirection that the MSM goes through to obfuscate the facts about muslims and islam.

DS_ROCKS! on January 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I know that the WSJ advertises itself as being a more conservative approach to journalism, and I think they have dropped the ball BIG TIME with this story. Unreal. ISLAM IS A MURDERING, LYING, DECEIVING AND EVIL RELIGION. Call it for what it is! Not surprised though that most other media outlets will not speak of the oversize stinky elephant in the room, but for the WSJ to do so? Come on man!
Sad that these women had to die for their misguided faith. How many will die today, and tomorrow, and on and on, because of that wretched book of lies known as the Kookan?

Disgusted with Media on January 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    The WSJ’s reporters are liberals – have been for decades.

    Its editorial staff is advisedly conservative. Should use the term advisedly.

    There’s no good in it apart from its business pages.

    NormanF on January 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

When you read the WSJ article be sure and read the reader comments.
Obviously the readers are ten times more informed and honest then the author of this white washed crime.

And could we please come up with a different phrase than “Honor killing” to describe these murders.
There is NO honor at all involved here.

Trying hard to look at the positive side of every thing, at least three of these girls died before they could produce more murderous barbarian offspring.

smg45acp on January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

The so-called “sanitized” reporting on the gruesome Safria murder cases is a continuing sign that the U.S. media is in deep denial on the reality of Islam. The U.S. media’s treatment of Islam in the news reflects a deef fear of being labeled an “Islamophobic.” This fear is so pervasive and extreme that an entirely new term is appropriate to explain this perverse behavior. I call this perverse behavior: “Islamophobia-phobia”–the irrational fear of being called an “Islamophobe.”

Because the nature of the “reporting” is so consistent abhorent, it surely reflects a top-down corporate agreement to give Islam a free pass on whatever atrocities are committed by their Muslims followers.

The fact is that the prosecution’s very case is that the Safria murders were “Islamic honor killings”–and that is the prosecution’s specific wording. And, in fact, the very defense of the Afghan father–Mohammad Safria–was to deny that he “killed” his daughters. To use his specific defense wording, “I’m a strict Muslim, but I’m not a killer.”

To deliberately avoid reporting on these ineluctible facts is shameful, perverse, vile, and repugnant.

Here is an example of appropriate reporting on another set of Islamic “honor killings”–but from the press of India: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/turned-over-to-kin-after-elopement-baghpat-women-killed-by-mothers/790613/

Ralph Adamo on January 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Excellent Ralph, If you ran for President I would support you, unfortunately you do not have a Muslim middle name, and you might also be too knowledgable.
    Islam is the enemy, we need to legislate a war powers act that suspends all aid to Muslim schools in the name of national security,

    Ron Wolf on February 1, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Comments NOT BY ME, the Ralph Adamo who livs in New Orleans.

    Ralph Adamo NewOrleans on February 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Are they Canadian citizens? I tried to find out whether or not they were and couldn’t seem to get an answer. I don’t know if they have been here long enough to acquire citizenship. I was hoping that after they had served their sentences that they would be deported!!!

Karen on January 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

The MSM unwritten law: Islam is innocent until proven guilty and then it is still innocent. Quite consistent with it’s converse proposition: The Jewish state of Israel is guilty until proven innocent and then is still guilty.

lee, of the lower case "l" on January 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Wow Deb, I din’t know there was a dis-honor murder problem in India.

“…where researchers say the custom happens most—such as Pakistan, India and Turkey.” Must be the Hindus, huh?

D: India is home to 150 million Muslims. DS

Dave on January 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm


    Some of the honor killings in India have been committed by Hindus and Sikhs.

    India’s evil caste system has been responsible for honor killings among different religions. Women who’ve chosen to marry men in castes lower than their own have been murdered for bringing “dishonor” to the family.

    Scott on January 31, 2012 at 1:37 am


Even Wikipedia’s page on “honor killings” notes the vast majority of honor killings take place in Muslim countries.

That’s a fact Alastair MacDonald and the rest of the MSM’s journalists don’t want you to know.

Its the Islam, Stupid!

NormanF on January 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I am simply speechless,the butcher man killed his own 13 year old? Woow, these murderers barbarians know no limit to their evil,and we are supposed to integrate these monsters into our society?…. we should deport all muslims and close our doors to them permanently and to all who have a muslim name,then sort them out later to let them visit,not to live here,monsters is too kind a description for these butchers.

Juan on January 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Take it easy Juan, I understand your passion, however there are a few here and there who fled just to get away from this ShitAllah religion. Yes, they still say Inshallah, Bismallah but that is their upbringing.
    As a Jew there is no one more concerned about this poison apple primitive tribal cannibal cult called Islam. Yes, they litterally eat their own if they dare stray from the “fold”.
    As we are in a state of war we must close the floodgate of those whose first loyalty is to this crap.To come here they must renounce any loyalty other than to the United States and let them know that we are willing to send them back if there is even one whiff of hate speech and or treason.
    Though religious freedom is a tradition I believe that we need under some war powers act yet to be legislated to make an exception as far as the hijab, or burka in public “for their own protection” just as we disallow nudity in public.
    When in Rome…this is not Mecca so f%&kem! Vote Gingrich!

    Ron Wolf on February 1, 2012 at 1:16 am

Dear Reader

The WSJ obviously does not mention Islam or Muslim for “Politically Corrrect” reasons. But as for the informed among its readership, they are indeed well aware of the facts.

Jeffry on January 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Where are those sellouts at NOW (National Organization for Women)? They’re silent as usual when it comes to Islam.

Their agenda is leftist politics more than it’s about women’s rights, so Islamic oppression of women is met with silence from NOW.

NOW actually complains about “bigotry” against Islam.

Scott on January 31, 2012 at 1:47 am


91% of the World’s honor killings are done by Muslims. The story from India cited above by Ralph bore that out – the 2 women who did the murders there were Muslimahs. And as Debbie pointed out, there are 150 million Muslims in India – it’s #4 in the world Muslim population wise, after Indonesia, Pakistan & Bangladesh.

Infidel on January 31, 2012 at 7:29 am

NBC guilty as well: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/pj-gladnick/2012/01/30/nbc-ap-avoid-m-word-report-about-honor-killings

Spineless, just spineless…

Kent on January 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Does anyone actually expect honesty and facts in reportage from today’s state run media? We live in an era of propaganda and what I call, “Journalism by omission.”

On another topic, Romney sang “America the Beautiful” yesterday and was roundly criticized – starting with Mika the Moron. However, when the current occupant of the White House let fly with a few dog howls, he was praised as, “The voice,” etc. This is amazing – with NO grace!

Herbster on January 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

“Exotic Immigrants” my arse!

For over a year we Canucks had to put up with this bullshit. People who think that they’re entitled to anything they damn well want make me cringe.

The Sharia (misspelling deliberate) family is an example of what happens when you make multiculturalism a religion. “Can’t we all just get along?” No, we can’t: otherwise we wouldn’t be human.

Of course we cannot offend the Muslims because the Prophet Muhammad is God’s final Prophet who’s more relevant to Jesus H. Christ and because they’re a saintly people who’ll rightfully kill us unclean unworthy infidels if we were to even to question the existence of such a Prophet. Plus, the Prophet says it’s okay to have sex with children.

That’s why we have an MSM whitewash! DUH!

Given our justice system, the Sharias will get 2-for-1 credit for time served, thus more likely 2-years give-or-take a day or two. Then they’ll be sent away to the nearest pen for the next 25 years, minus the time-served credit, giving us a total of 23 years before parole eligibility.

If they were to behave well in the pen, they may be eligible for something called the “Faint Hope” clause, which may have them serve up to 2/3 of their sentence before being eligible for parole. So by my math, they would be serving 15 years and 4 months – still a bit of a stretch in the big house.

Once paroled, they might wind up getting deported back to their Taliban masters in Talibanistan.

That’s is all. May I wish rape unto the Sharias. (Just venting stuff, y’know…)

The Reverend Jacques on January 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

At least our local papers get it right when reporting this type of atrocity.

Jackie53 on January 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Sun News said there have been 12 honor murders that they know of in Cansada since 1998.

Remember the University of Montreal Polytech massacre of women by a Muslim WHO HAD CHANGED HIS BIRTH NAME to Marc Lepine. TLiberal government and the leftist Canadian media made this slauhjter of women 1- a feminist issue and 2=a gun control issue. NOT what it really was a muslim disgusted women were allowed to be students in an engineering school.


bill on January 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    That is why they are Canadians. They have a need to be loved you know. Meanwhile, they ejoy our nuclear umbrella free of charge.

    Ron Wolf on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 am

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