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OT: Canadian Town Passes Law Banning the Stoning, Burning or Mutilation of Women

This is one of the more bizzare headlines I have seen. This wasn't already against the law?

"We consider it completely outside norms to... kill women by stoning them in public, burning them alive, burning them with acid, circumcising them etc."


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Wed. Jan 31, 10:12am

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i think the whole point is that these things ARE against the law in Canada and the lawmakers want to re-emphasize that to immigrants who may practice these acts of punishment in their home country. (what's interesting is that the immigrants are described as having "abandoned" their countries of origin.) it comes across as sort of stereotypical, but in the long run, it may prevent acts considered tortuous or violent in Canada from being inflicted on women, and may just prevent the need of bringing up the subject in a court of law after-the-fact. i guess it can be seen as racist by some, but a little politically "incorrect" lawmaking that protects women's lives is insignificant compared to the atrocities that some might otherwise have had to suffer through.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 10:19 AM

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Did you read the article? It is meant to send a message to an immigrant population. The fears of the locals were most likely prompted by recent news stories and cases brought up by among others Amnesty international, often tied to Sharia Law in some of the more hardline Islamic societies and the concept of "honour killings" in such places as India and Pakistan. Whether the passing of this law was based on racism, I can't say, but it does bring up interesting issues of integration and culture clashes exacerbated by misinformation and fear.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 10:24 AM

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he reiteration of the laws is really just to calm down those who would be afraid of immigrants and their ways of life in order to avoid blatant racism from corrupting the community. as the community comes to accept people from outside their region, even country, education should definitely be introduced to help defer fears of the unknown. i don't blame the residents for being concerned, after all, they are trying to preserve their way of life and people historically fight changes in this area. the ignorance that provoked the lawmakers to make clear the laws surrounding the legal treatment of women will ultimately lead to education and understanding of others' cultures.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 10:34 AM

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10:34- Ignorance of what? Seems like the folks in this town know exactly what the deal is with certain elements of immigrant populations, and wanted to make crystal clear that "tolerance" is a two way street. I think the problem isn't a lack of respect from the west to elements of islam- it is the other way around. They don't respect us much of the time.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 10:40 AM

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1034 here

ignorance of the fact that Canadian-born residents and immigrants other than muslims use many other ways to torture or commit violence against women and children (and men, too), not just those they rallied against. the fact that the restatement of the laws focuses solely on perceived all-encompassing traditional punishments or acts to ensure obedience and not on all of the actual domestic violence abuses that are committed daily by many different races & religions, be they immigrants or citizens or visitors, limits the population they are preaching about and to. if the law reassessed what defines domestic violence or abuse or torture and did not address specific acts, such as those described in the article, it would be more broadly accepted and not even entertain the thought of racism being involved. simply outlining certain ways in which people are made to suffer at the hands of others doesn't really protect the canadian people from the immigrants (or each other), it protects the immigrants from each other. that's why i used the word ignorance.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 11:21 AM

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