Roger’s Rules

Multiculturalism in action

What is multiculturalism? It is the belief that different cultures have different values and that it is “ethnocentric” to judge another culture by one’s own, necessarily limited, cultural values. Here in the West, we may think that people should be free to marry whomever they like. But that is only our Western custom. Elsewhere, people believe that young women can be killed by their fathers or brothers should they display too much independence in the matters of the heart. Elsewhere? Well, multiculturalism is a portable commodity: what had been the custom in Africa or Pakistan can easily be transplanted. The New York Post reports on a successful transplant to the state of Georgia:

On July 6, police say, a Pakistani named Chaudhry Rashid strangled his 25-year-old daughter San-deela Kanwal with a Bungee cord in her bedroom because she wanted to end her arranged marriage. This “honor killing” came not in Pakistan, but in Jonesboro, Ga. – a suburb 16 miles outside Atlanta.

“Honor killing”? Where, pray tell, is the honor? And where, as the Post‘s reporter asks, is the outrage?