to crimes by protected species:
Madam Justice Lynn Ratushny of the Ontario Superior Court did a good thing Tuesday. She sentenced a man to a year in jail for threatening his daughter with violence. She also identified his deed for what it was: a crime of honour, committed in the name of a “seriously dangerous belief system.”
Many groups – not just Muslim ones – refuse to admit the existence of honour crimes in Canada. After all, they point out, domestic violence is universal. As Mr. Al Mezel's lawyer argued at his sentencing hearing, “What you have is a loving and caring father who thought his daughter was on the wrong path.”
The judge didn't buy it. She found that this particular father believed that violence is a wholly justified response to female disobedience. Mr. Al Mezel, she said, “deliberately and repeatedly invok[ed] the concept of violence against her in the name of honour.”
A very important point: there is a difference between someone who's a general jerk who threatens or hurts a family member, and one who believes he's religiously compelled to do it.* The general jerk can often get the idea that "We'll drop on you like a ton of bricks if you do it" and back off; the "Deity/Sacred Law orders me to do it" jerk often will not since he thinks he's compelled by said higher order to do it. Which makes the latter more likely to carry through(generally speaking), and when the boob is a member of a protected species far more likely to get the benefit of stupidity on the part of many observers and legal authorities. For instance, the reluctance of many to call this crap what it is: a crime of 'honor'. At least this judge wouldn't back off.
*from here on is an addition; a comment made me see that I'd not completed my thought originally.