Six Feet pointed to a piece by Mark Steyn taking down- apart, rather- a piece by a dumbass who has a problem with what Steyn wrote on the subject. Part of his response:
In other words, Phyllis Chesler and I are writing about how "honor killings" have migrated from the distant horizon to The New York Times' backyard. All the examples she and I cite and link to are from North America. That's what we're writing about: Dead Muslim women in New York, Illinois, Texas, Quebec. Our neighbors.
Conor Friedersdorf demolishes our argument by pulling up yellowing Times thumbsuckers from ten years ago about "honor killings" in the Arab world, Turkey, Pakistan - and, eventually, Berlin.
I think Friedersdorf, in his usual pedantic way, has not refuted my point but reinforced it: The Times was more enthusiastic about covering "honor killings" when they were way out on the fringes of the map and could be used for a distant anthropological study of remote tribal cultures. Now they're happening down the block in Buffalo, Peoria and Kingston, Ontario, and raise complicating questions for the prevailing pieties on diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, assimilation et al, questions for which most of the liberal press has no stomach.
And, just for delight, I'll throw in one of the two updates:
[UPDATE: Friedersdorf's colleague, The Atlantic's Chief Obstetrician, thinks my post is evidence of "epistemic closure" on the right. Ah, yes. Because nothing says "closed-minded conservative bubble" like a right-wing racist sexist loon worrying about the murders of brown women.]
That's something I've noticed: the soft bigotry of these people. Take someone from a small town whose daughter has been raped; if the sheriff or police can't or won't do anything there's a serious chance of the rapist winding up in a hole, or left out as coyote food, which is decried by Times types as 'vigilante action by right-wing government-haters' and such. A girl from a muslim family is raped or she was dating a non-muslim or acting too western and her father/uncle/brother/combination thereof murder her to 'save the family honor' and these same Times types make excuses. Or try to overlook it entirely. And if they can't overlook it they'll do almost anything to keep from mentioning the 'muslim' part of the equation. It's like they don't expect 'those people' to be able to act in civilized fashion so it's just terribly unfeeling and non-PC to actually take notice of it.