Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Honor Killings: When the Ancient and the Modern Collide

My latest SFGate column examines the rise of honor killings in the West, and the challenge to young Muslim women, as well as to Western feminists and other adherents to multiculturalism:
Throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, young Muslim women are being targeted for violence. Lest it be thought hate crimes are to blame, it is, in fact, their own relatives who are the perpetrators. So-called honor killings, whereby a Muslim male family member, typically the father, murders his daughter in order to defend the family's honor, is a growing problem.

While statistics are notoriously hard to come by due to the private nature of such crimes and the fact that very few are reported, the United Nations Population Fund approximates that as many as 5,000 women are murdered in this manner each year worldwide. Undoubtedly that's a low estimate, as reports from Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories, among other locales, are filtering in at an alarming rate. Add to the list Germany, Sweden, other parts of Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, and it's clear that young Muslim women in the West are becoming increasingly vulnerable.
Continue reading "Honor Killings: When the Ancient and the Modern Collide"

Update: A 2004 Solomonia post points to another honor killing that occurred in the United States--Scottsville, VA, to be exact.

Update (1/24): An NPR interview with Seyran Ates, a women's rights lawyer in Berlin of Turkish origin, sheds light on what she calls the "multicultural mistake" (h/t Phyllis Chesler).


Anonymous Paul said...

Madness, sheer madness !!

Thursday, January 24, 2008 5:28:00 AM  
Blogger Lutheran Lucciola said...

Thank you for writing about the "honor" killings. There were only a couple of groups following this before the war, and then it seemed to disappear from the feminist agenda.

Friday, January 25, 2008 7:51:00 PM  
Blogger Yankee Doodle said...

At The International Campaign to Stop Honor Killings they have news about honor killings worldwide. From the few times I have stopped in there and counted, about one in thirty is unrelated to Islam, and that seems usually to be a Latino culture. Muslim countries are awash in the blood of Muslim women, and Muslim communities in the tolerant and multicultural West are having some problems. There was one in Texas not too long ago; Hammer Folk Woman has a post about it.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 10:59:00 AM  

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