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February 22, 2010

Creeping Sharia: Honor Killer Spared Death Because He’s Muslim?

Honor Murdered: Noor Faleh Almaleki

Remember that quaint and outdated notion of equality under the law?  Not anymore!  How far should we go in our efforts to be culturally “sensitive” when certain aspects of that culture are the epitome of barbarism?  Below the marriage of jurisprudence, multicultarism and the changing muslim demographics.

A Glendale man accused of slaying his daughter in an “honor killing” will not face the death penalty.

After sparring with the suspect’s defense attorney over its death penalty review process, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has said it will not seek death for Faleh Almaleki, 49. The Iraqi immigrant is accused of slaying his daughter, 20-year-old Noor Almaleki, for being “too Westernized.”

The decision not to seek the death penalty comes after Almaleki’s attorney, Billy Little, a public defender, asked a judge to take special precautions to ensure the County Attorney’s Office wouldn’t wrongly seek the death penalty because Almaleki is a Muslim.

Little requested that the office make public the process it uses to determine whether to seek capital punishment.  “An open process provides some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs,” Little wrote, referring to County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ Christian faith.

Mike Scerbo, a spokesman for the County Attorney’s Office, issued the following statement Friday:  “The defendant is charged with first degree murder and, if convicted, will spend the rest of his life in prison. As is in all first degree murder cases, the decision on whether to seek the death penalty is made on a case by case basis. Cultural considerations played no part in the decision not to seek the death penalty.”

Prosecutors said Almaleki has admitted killing his daughter because she disgraced the family by not following traditional Iraqi or Muslim values.  They liken the case to honor killings that occur in the Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world. In tribal societies where the practice occurs, male family members feel they must kill a rebellious female relative who shames them by not adhering to traditional values.

Read the rest, here.

Equal treatment under the law.  Is that still the standard?  It’s a standard that, because of human frailty, admittedly isn’t always met, but it’s been the standard nonetheless.  And it’s a good one.  In the new multicultural society of “wise Latinas” and cultural sensitivity (read allowances) of all kinds, the very notion of equality under the law begins to sound like a relic of our reactionary past.

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