The Corner

A Teenager Issue

The Canadian “human rights” complaint against Mark Steyn has been brought by the Canadian Islamic Congress, a key spokesman for which is Mohamed Elmasry. Elmasry has just been quoted by the Associated Press making the following comment on the apparent murder of Aqsa Parvez, the 16 year-old Canadian girl who may have quarreled with her father over her reluctance to wear the hijab: “I don’t want the public to think that this is really an Islamic issue or an immigrant issue….It is a teenager issue.”

Police are still working to confirm the motive of the murder, if it was indeed a murder, so we don’t yet know for certain that this girl’s refusal to wear the hijab was the motive. But Elmasry appears to believe that even if the hijab and family honor were at stake the murder of this girl, it would merely be a “teenager issue,” not an issue involving Islam or immigrant assimilation. This is the judgement of a man whose organization is trying to silence Mark Steyn for “Islamophobia.”

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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