CAIR’s “condemnation” of murder rings hollow

“…CAIR continues to perform their dog-and-pony show for those who continue to be gullible enough to accept their transparent attempts of explaining away the inherent violence within the core of Islamic ideology.” –Douglas J. Hagmann

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

13 December 2007: Again, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), via their American counterpart (CAIR) is being disingenuous if not outright deceptive in their “condemnation” of the murder of 16 year-old Aqsa PARVEZ. They not only fail to address the root cause of her savage murder - allegedly by her religiously devout father, but sully her memory and insult all of the West by attempting to mitigate the circumstances of her murder through a blanket indictment of all of society. They should be ashamed of themselves and their tactics, as should those who readily accept their carefully worded statement of condemnation. Nonetheless, it is business as usual at CAIR and CAIR-Canada.

At issue is the murder of Aqsa Parvez, a young school girl who succumbed to her brutal injuries during the early morning hours Tuesday. Police arrested the girl’s father, Muhammed PARVEZ for her murder and her 26 year-old brother, Waqas PARVEZ for obstruction of a police investigation. The alleged motive was attributed to the father of the girl objecting to her desire to wear Western clothing, and the young girl doing so while in school. Her friends described the Aqsa hastily changing from her loose fitting clothes and hijab into more fashionable attire out of the family view. She would then change back to traditional Islamic garb before returning home.

According to some of Aqsa closest friends, the victim frequently clashed with her family over her reluctance to wear a traditional Islamic headscarf, or hijab, and was becoming increasingly afraid to return home to face the punishment she anticipated. The family emigrated from Pakistan and settled in a suburb of Toronto, where Muhammed PARVEZ continued to be devoted to Islam. The elder PARVEZ, employed as a taxi driver in Toronto, would often stop his cab to pray at the required times and instructed his family to follow the strict doctrine of their beliefs as well. Incumbent in that doctrine are strict instructions on how women must dress while outside of the home.

In an interview with the Toronto Star, Natalie Rance, 14, a friend of Aqsa described her family life: “Her dad wanted her to be a person who followed the religion. But she wanted to follow her own rules, wear her own clothes. But her dad wouldn’t let her do that.”

The fact that the family emigrated from Pakistan and were devout Muslims are two critically important facts necessary to fully understand their societal and investigative impact on this case, as well as CAIR’s apparent refusal to acknowledge the same. Failure to do so, or minimizing their role in the murder of Aqsa Parvez, serves only to obfuscate the essence of this crime.

In an interview with AFP News, Sameer Zuberi, an official with CAIR-Canada indicated that he “is dubious of opinions the girl’s death resulted from a clash of cultures.” He added, “Teen rebellion is something that exists in all households in Canada and is not unique to any culture or background. Domestic violence is also not unique to Muslims.”

That might be so, but it is important to note that Pakistan is a country where nine out of ten Pakistani wives of Muslim men, for example have been struck, beaten, or abused sexually, for offenses that range from failing to produce a male child to poor culinary skills. According to a recent study conducted by the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, such abuses are common among the devout followers of traditional Islamic principles, and encompass all female members of families who adhere to the principles contained in the Qur’an and Hadith. In other words, it is a perfectly acceptable practice to mete out punishment to females by Muslim men within the parameters outlined by Islamic doctrine. And as the study suggests, such practices are indeed conducted with regularity by 90% of the Pakistani Muslims.

Yesterday, CAIR issued a statement condemning “domestic violence” in the context of this murder, indicating that this was the causative factor of this murder. They obviously could not bring themselves to admit that this murder, if the girl’s father is convicted and motive is established, was committed on the basis that violence against women is a contemporary artifact of Islamic tradition. It is also divinely sanctioned within the Qur’an and Hadith as documented by the above-referenced study, and sadly, a common practice among “devout” followers of Islam. Instead, CAIR shamelessly attempted to mitigate the religious and cultural motivation of the alleged murderer - the victim’s father - by stating that domestic violence is “a problem that cuts across Canadian society and is blind to colour or creed.”

Domestic violence is certainly not exclusive to the Muslim population. It is, however, tolerated and accepted as a normal practice in the majority of Muslim countries, and even endorsed by various Islamic scholars as sanctioned by Islam itself.

Compare this, for example, to the numerous scandals that plagued Roman Catholic priests involved in the unsanctioned criminal sexual acts with underage boys and young men. Imagine, if at the very height of the scandal, officials of the Roman Catholic Church issued a statement that pedophilia is a problem that cuts across American or Canadian society and is blind to color or creed. Instead of casually accepting such a blanket statement portrayed as part of a condemnation from Catholic leaders, the media would have been rightfully outraged, and held their feet to the fire. And in that instance, the media did so, even in the absence of such an outlandish and craftily worded statement.

As far as CAIR and Islam are concerned, however, different rules apparently apply.

In their absence of addressing the core issue of Islam’s inherent and sanctioned violence against women, it would appear that CAIR is not being honest with themselves or others. By exhibiting this lack of intellectual honesty and by their apparently purposeful omissions of placing blame where it belongs, it could be effectively argued that CAIR is actually inviting such acts to continue unabated, much like some of the Roman Catholic hierarchy did in the 1970, 80’s and 90’s.

In their statement, CAIR failed to place any of the blame where it squarely belongs - on those who adhere to and practice the fundamental religious and cultural aspects of Islam as sanctioned by the Qurâ’n, the Hadith, and even some contemporary Islamic leaders. Instead, CAIR continues to perform their dog-and-pony show for those who continue to be gullible enough to accept their transparent attempts of explaining away the inherent violence within the core of Islamic ideology.

Will the mainstream media hold CAIR’s feet to the fire for not going far enough in their diluted condemnation of the murder of a young girl allegedly at the hands of her religiously devout father? Will they confront CAIR on the core issues of violence against women that is sanctioned by the religious practices and cultural aspects of Islam? It is more likely that they will continue to accept the sanctimonious and muddled statements from an organization more concerned with agenda than advocacy.