CNN op-ed manages 703 words on honor killings without mentioning Muslims, but ties to UCSB killings

posted at 8:31 am on May 31, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Journalist and author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon penned an opinion piece for CNN this week which covers a very important topic. Unfortunately, in an effort to score political points and further the cause of hashtag diplomacy, she allowed it to run off the rails to the point of unintentional comedy on what should have been among the most somber topics. But before getting the point in this tale where things dive entirely off the beam, I’ll share part of her opening which is surely a valid topic of discussion.

“We were shouting for help, but nobody listened,” said Muhammad Iqbal about the slaying of his pregnant 25-year-old wife, Farzana Parveen, at the hands of her relatives, who gathered to kill her in front of a courthouse in Lahore, Pakistan.

More than 20 members of the woman’s family stoned her to death for the “crime” of “dishonoring” her family by choosing to marry someone she loved rather than a husband her family had chosen. A police officer said “one family member made a noose of rough cloth around her neck while her brothers smashed bricks into her skull.”

Social media immediately picked up on the horrific and very public killing. #Farzana became a hashtag that provoked a conversation about the crime of so-called “honor killings” and society’s tolerance and the police’s alleged indifference to it. Suddenly a crime that not long ago would barely have elicited a headline was now a source of conversation and consternation among those on social media both within and outside Pakistan.

Let’s not beat around the bush here. That’s good stuff, right? I mean, this is an important subject and she deals with it factually, including multiple links to credible news sources. She then turns from that horrific killing to the subject of the girls stolen by Boko Haram. Another winner, yes? But then, as if someone else had knocked her over the head with a blunt object and seized control of the keyboard, she makes the following transition:

Reporters and politicians rushed to follow their lead, and discussions about girls’ education and the crimes of Boko Haram at last punctured public indifference.

In America, another horrific crime unleashed a gush of online discourse. This time it was a 22-year-old man on a quest for what he called his “day of retribution,” when he would torture and kill “good-looking people” before launching a “war on women” to punish girls and women who he said had “starved (him) of sex.” The misogyny in the killer’s more than 100-page diatribe led women to begin using the #Yesallwomen hashtag to push forward a conversation on Twitter and Facebook and Tumbler about the rarely discussed though frequently experienced issues of violence against women, from sexual assault to harassment to domestic brutality.

Whoa! Excuse me? What just happened here? If this were an audio podcast on the story, this is the point where I’d be playing the sound effect of the needle suddenly screeching across the record and the music going silent. (Younger readers should read up on the history of a thing called vinyl records to understand that last reference.)

There are so many things wrong with this #YesAllWomen journey that it clouds the senses. First of all, as I noted in the title of this piece, it’s rather remarkable that anyone can spend that much time talking about the very real horror of what are known as honor killings without once mentioning the Muslim religion. As any long time reader will tell you, I’m not one of those writers who spends great amounts of time talking about the flaws of Islam and in fact have been criticized for my lack of attention to it. But when it comes to these “honor killings” it seems essentially impossible to separate them from the religion which gave birth to them. Thankfully they are far more rare in the United States (though still happening) than in many foreign nations, but it always seems to be cases bound up in Islam.

But then, as if to double down on the nonsensical nature of the piece, Lemmon dives straight into the case of Elliot Rodger as if there was some correlation between the cases under discussion. A fundamentally broken, horrible young man who spent some time in some idiotic chat rooms while engaging in his insanity isn’t remotely related to the sinful activities noted in the first few paragraphs. And yet we see the ribbon tied around this fetid sandwich and a call for hashtag activism with the following:

Much could be done if online activism led to real-life campaigning for concrete progress, such as:

– Enacting and enforcing laws to protect girls as young as 8 and 9 from being married against their will

– Providing aid and incentives to keep girls in schools — built near their homes — and to combat traditions that keep them out of the classroom

– Pushing for more stringent laws in the United States and abroad to punish traffickers rather than children

How is this related to UCSB? While we should admit that there are a few unfortunate cases of underage marriage which take place on compounds in the mountain West, we prosecute those cases. The areas where widespread “child bride” crimes take place are almost universally in Muslim nations from what I’ve seen. It’s not a “macho American privileged white male” problem. Keeping girls in school? We probably spend more cash and bend over backward further than anyone else to get girls through school and they now exceed the boys in college. And while there is certainly a problem with the trafficking of young girls in the United States, it pales in comparison to underdeveloped nations and we put the hammer to them when we catch them.

Hashtag activism spent about ten minutes in the headlines as a useful way to raise awareness of underrepresented stories and problems. It’s now becoming a joke with a very poor punchline.


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Orwellian

Scottie on May 31, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Why are these people so reluctant to mention muslim terrorism? This is a horrible cult of people living in the 12th century. Is our “government” and their media so afraid of muslims that they won’t even mention their name? What these people do is murder in anyones vocabulary in the modern world. Stop enabling and protecting them.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 8:38 AM

It’s by design.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 8:43 AM

#MalesWereKilledToo

Otherwise.

Check which royal sovereign fund holds stock in CNN parent co.

Or they knew it would be aired on CNN International. Worse than the BBC Arabic.

Ben Hur on May 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

There is one thing I will differ with you, Jazz. Yes, the social media picking up the story of #Farzana was maybe historically amazing but really, big deal. It’s not like it will change anything. If anything it will desensitize the public to what appears to be any day of the week in the Mid East. And when our so-called feminist icons can’t do anything better then a poorly executed slight of hand in trying to wrap this package, no one benefits.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

#teabaggers

rogerb on May 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Ha!
Philly Mick investigated for insider trading!
That will teach him to comment negatively about high tax rates!
DO NOT CROSS OBAMA!

Privatize It on May 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM

So by this woman’s pretzel logic, the acts of a solo crazy lunatic in California equate to the acts of the many thousands of honor killings across the globe annually … so taking it to its logical conslusion, if the CA kid is crazy, so are these muslim killers… that’s a lot of crazy muslims….ergo, Islam = crazy… works for me..

loubkk on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

A police officer said “one family member made a noose of rough cloth around her neck while her brothers smashed bricks into her skull.”

Islam, Religion of Peace. Should have mentioned that in the article.

fogw on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Muhammad Iqbal strangled his first wife to allow him to marry this one. he is by no means innocent.

dmacleo on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Yeah, all of the sudden they are tiptoeing around religions. *EYE ROLL* Do they think we aren’t on to them? Don’t talk bad about the people who will find you and make you dead right there. No, lets go guns blazing (poor metaphor, but oh, well) on the “turn the other cheek” crowd, because when you want to make a point, all religions are the same. I think the word cowards, fit quite nicely here.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Ha!
Philly Mick investigated for insider trading!
That will teach him to comment negatively about high tax rates!
DO NOT CROSS OBAMA!

Privatize It on May 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM

They have wanted to destroy him for a long time. He is too popular. More popular than Tiger…

djl130 on May 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM

loubkk on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

The author would be horrified at your conclusion.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 8:53 AM

More than 20 members of the woman’s family stoned her to death for the “crime” of “dishonoring” her family by choosing to marry someone she loved rather than a husband her family had chosen. A police officer said “one family member made a noose of rough cloth around her neck while her brothers smashed bricks into her skull.”

Her own family members did this! Her own brothers smashed bricks into their sister’s skull! How could they do that?

Oh those quaint Muslim traditions and values. That’s just sick and debased.

otlset on May 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM

##

docflash on May 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

(Younger readers should read up on the history of a thing called vinyl records to understand that last reference.)

Am I THAT old? Really?

Alien on May 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Those darn Lutherans again.
/sarc

The UCSB killer murdered twice as many men as women. #waronmen.

rbj on May 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM

the rarely discussed though frequently experienced issues of violence against women, from sexual assault to harassment to domestic brutality.

Say what? Really?

Salon
http://www.salon.com/topic/violence_against_women/
Townhall
http://townhall.com/tags/violence-against-women-act/
Time
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/d/domestic_violence/index.html
Baltimore Sun
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/keyword/violence-against-women
Chicago Tribune
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/violence-against-women-act

Patriot Vet on May 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

This time it was a 22-year-old man on a quest for what he called his “day of retribution,” when he would torture and kill “good-looking people” before launching a “war on women” to punish girls and women who he said had “starved (him) of sex.”

I’m sure the author didn’t intend it, but this points directly to the Hollywood sex culture that tells boys they deserve to indulge themselves in meaningless sex with attractive women.

Count to 10 on May 31, 2014 at 9:20 AM

How is this related to UCSB?

It’s not. She works for CNN and her audience is not programmed to pick up on that. Heck, she probably doesn’t even recognize it herself. It’s just another example of a journalistic device that I call the editorial within the editorial practiced mostly by liberal writers. There is no strong thematic connection. The commonality is the emotional outlook on these various matters, whatever is bothering her that day. So it all gets put together – just like garbage.

DaveDief on May 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

(Younger readers should read up on the history of a thing called vinyl records to understand that last reference.)

Am I THAT old? Really?

Alien on May 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I was just laughing with my wife about this. I’m sure that their are plenty of kids (and probably some adults) that instantly recognize that sound as denoting a sudden change of narrative, but have no idea where it comes from.

Count to 10 on May 31, 2014 at 9:23 AM

The important thing to keep in mind is that it’s all violence against women, like climate change.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 9:24 AM

loubkk on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Except for the part where she didn’t mention Muslims or Islam.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM

CNN has been killing it’s honor for years.

Flange on May 31, 2014 at 9:27 AM

# =#^/

itsspideyman on May 31, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Yeah, all of the sudden they are tiptoeing around religions. *EYE ROLL* Do they think we aren’t on to them? Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Yes they do, Cin, some of us anyway.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Wow, Iggy Pop has colored his hair.

faol on May 31, 2014 at 9:39 AM

CNN’s ratings are urinal-worthy, so you gotta wonder who among those who take it seriously have the gumption to augment their viewing by reading CNN’s online articles.

My guess: only those dedicated newshounds who want to dig deeper into the issues of the day.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 9:40 AM

There is one thing I will differ with you, Jazz. Yes, the social media picking up the story of #Farzana was maybe historically amazing but really, big deal. It’s not like it will change anything. If anything it will desensitize the public to what appears to be any day of the week in the Mid East. And when our so-called feminist icons can’t do anything better then a poorly executed slight of hand in trying to wrap this package, no one benefits.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Worth reposting.

hawkdriver on May 31, 2014 at 9:41 AM

#Farzana became a hashtag that provoked a conversation about the crime of so-called “honor killings” and society’s tolerance and the police’s alleged indifference to it. Suddenly a crime that not long ago would barely have elicited a headline was now a source of conversation and consternation among those on social media both within and outside Pakistan.

I was expecting the Jen Psaki line at the end:

‘Let’s hope the Kremlin Pakistani’s will live by the promise of hashtag’

#good-for-nothing

lynncgb on May 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Back in the 30′s there were people and groups that rescued victims of the Nazis. Muslims are violent but are not trying to take over the country…at least not yet. Marxists are trying to take over the country but mainly economically and legislatively. I know there are groups that rescue slaves sort of like in the abolitionist days. Maybe it’s time for conservatives to get back to their roots and step up the battle.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

(Younger readers should read up on the history of a thing called vinyl records to understand that last reference.)

Am I THAT old? Really?

Alien on May 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Nah…vinyl is back in style!

lynncgb on May 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Can vinyl be unwarped?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM

#brownsandeggsovereasy

The only appropriate hash tag for Saturday morning.

NOMOBO on May 31, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Can vinyl be unwarped?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Probably not but we used to make candy dishes out of them.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Muhammad Iqbal strangled his first wife to allow him to marry this one. he is by no means innocent.

dmacleo on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

That seems to be so. And, against the wishes of her family, Farzana married the guy who strangled his first wife so he could marry her.

I’m supposed to feel outrage when she gets killed?

Pakistan is a cesspool.

fadetogray on May 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Keep us posted on your efforts.

Akzed on May 31, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I’m supposed to feel outrage when she gets killed?

Pakistan is a cesspool.

fadetogray on May 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Maybe it wasn’t her idea to marry him. They have forced marriages.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

hashtag diplomacy

What’s the redeeming value of #?Is there a redeeming value?

docflash on May 31, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Maybe it wasn’t her idea to marry him. They have forced marriages.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Not in this case. In fact, it was her family that killed her for marrying the murderer against their wishes.

Like I said, Pakistan is a cesspool. It is no surprise that’s where the Taliban sprang from and that’s where Osama fled to and was hidden from us.

fadetogray on May 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM

(Younger readers should read up on the history of a thing called vinyl records to understand that last reference.)
Am I THAT old? Really?

Alien on May 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Only if you have 78′s

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

See, Gayle, the key issue here is that honor killings and kidnapping women and slaughtering women for no reason (and and and…) are legal actions in Muslim countries. Trivializing them with a hash-tag campaign will do little to stop them happening over there or prevent them happening over here.

Knott Buyinit on May 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Can vinyl be unwarped?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Yes.

Clean the vinyl with glass cleaner first. Make sure it’s super clean with nothing left on the record that can scratch it. Place the record between two pieces of thick glass and place it in the sun on a very flat surface. (If the glass is too thin it won’t work.) Leave it in the sun for about 1/2 hour -depending on how bright the sun is it could take longer- and you should be able to actually manipulate the record the way you want. Put it back in the glass and leave it in the sun again for another 1/2 hour or so.

This can work for general warping (although not always) and won’t work for severe edge warps. My husband has done it numerous times.

lynncgb on May 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Muhammad Iqbal strangled his first wife to allow him to marry this one. he is by no means innocent.

dmacleo on May 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

That seems to be so. And, against the wishes of her family, Farzana married the guy who strangled his first wife so he could marry her.

I’m supposed to feel outrage when she gets killed?

Pakistan is a cesspool.

fadetogray on May 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

You’re not supposed to notice that part. Sounds like she was ok with the murder of the first wife.

BobMbx on May 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM

The term ‘honour killing’ has a specific meaning and does not include the murder of all women.

Merriam-Webster definition of honour killing:

: the traditional practice in some countries of killing a family member who is believed to have brought shame on the family

Wikipedia:

An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their relatives, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, or engaging in homosexual relations

Both Ted Bundy and Elliot Rodger murdered women, but neither committed an ‘honour killing.’

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The thing I detest most about CNN is that it pretends to be objective, yet it has moved farther to the left since Jeff Zucker took control.

For whatever reason (probably because they are not Christians),the left (including women’s groups) always gives Islam a pass. No other religion that I am aware of treats women with such disrespect (from separate religious services to forcing them to dress like refugees from the seventh century to so-called honor killings).

bw222 on May 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM

A black lesbian muslim could kill multiple girls on TV and not get a single bad thing said about it from the media. Whereas a white Christian hetero male would have a crap storm of biblical proportions if he opens a door for a woman.

Some animals are MORE equal than others…particularly in American media.

jukin3 on May 31, 2014 at 10:19 AM

It’s by design.

Bigbullets on May 31, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Yup.

Bow down to the ones you serve…

Fallon on May 31, 2014 at 10:20 AM

What, pray tell, is the “Muslim religion”?

corona79 on May 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM

For whatever reason (probably because they are not Christians),the left (including women’s groups) always gives Islam a pass.

bw222 on May 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM

In a rather startling moment of honesty, the current CEO of the New York Times Company and former Director-General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, admitted that Christianity is treated with far less sensitivity than other religions, especially Islam, because it is ‘pretty broad-shouldered’ and its adherents are far less likely to react in a violent manner towards the media and society, in general.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM

It’s not. She works for CNN and her audience is not programmed to pick up on that. Heck, she probably doesn’t even recognize it herself. It’s just another example of a journalistic device that I call the editorial within the editorial practiced mostly by liberal writers. There is no strong thematic connection. The commonality is the emotional outlook on these various matters, whatever is bothering her that day. So it all gets put together – just like garbage.

DaveDief on May 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

And the Pulitzer goes to….

leftamark on May 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Does a Muslim own CNN?

albill on May 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

it’s rather remarkable that anyone can spend that much time talking about the very real horror of what are known as honor killings without once mentioning the Muslim religion.

I don’t know. The writers at Hot Air can wax lyrical about little brown oppressed folks without mentioning Islam or Muslims all the time. Sometimes a weasel word like Islamisticist is used when the writer is cornered into a descriptor but for the most part reality is avoided at Hot Air too.

BL@KBIRD on May 31, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Muslims are violent but are not trying to take over the country…at least not yet.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

That’s only because they don’t have the numbers or power yet. They are trying to control the discourse. CAIR and other Muslim groups tries to remove any reference to jihad at the 911 Memorial.

bw222 on May 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM

False moral equivalence is one of the rhetorical tools in the toolbox of the left. They’re just too stupid to realize that the ‘Religion of Peace’ which they give a free pass to is the same one that given the opportunity would gladly execute them for their hedonistic lifestyle.

They may get their chance to learn that some day, though I hope not. Europe is headed that way demographically.

xNavigator on May 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Moonbat Professor Links Santa Barbara Killer To “Conservative Christianity”…

In the wake of last week’s University of California, Santa Barbara shooting, a professor at a California college has sought to tie the roots of the suspect’s misogyny with Christianity.

Devin Kuhn-Choi, an assistant professor in the religious studies program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, attempted to link suspected shooter Elliot Rodger’s views on women with the perspective of “conservative Christianity” in an article written for ReligionDispatches.org, an online publication hosted by the University of Southern California. While Kuhn-Choi makes a point of writing that Rodger “was not directly influenced by conservative Christianity,” she spends much of the essay trying to make a comparison between Christian views on gender roles and the “pick-up artist” culture to which Rodger has been tied.

“Many commentators have discussed the ‘pick up artist’ (PUA) culture in which Rodger’s ideology is based, but broader cultural forces shape the exaggerated ideas of gender roles that are the foundation of Rodger’s misguided notions of masculinity and entitlement — including most conservative Christian constructions of strict gender roles,” writes Kuhn-Choi. “Though they approach beliefs about masculinity from different perspectives, both PUA and contemporary portrayals of conservative Christian masculinity share some similar points.”

**eyeroll**

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 10:33 AM

um, where is the part where she rants about the Christian woman in Sudan who is going to be executed for not being Muslim?

chuckh on May 31, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Top Egyptian Islamist Issues Fatwa Telling Husbands To Abandon Their Wives To Rapists If His Life Is In Danger…

Islam permits Muslim husbands to abandon their wives to rapists in order to save their own lives—so says Dr. Yassir al-Burhami, vice president of Egypt’s Salafi party, the nation’s premiere Islamist party since the Muslim Brotherhood was banned. [...]

Indeed, the many fatwas of Dr. Burhami, a pediatrician by training, include banning Muslim cab and bus drivers from transporting Coptic Christian priests to their churches, which he depicted as “more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar”; permitting marriage to minor girls; banning Mother’s Day—“even if it saddens your mother”—as a Western innovation; and insisting that Muslims cannot apostatize from Islam—a phenomenon often in the news.

Now in his most recent fatwa—that husbands are permitted to forsake their sexually-assaulted wives in self-interest—Burhami relies on qiyas, or analogy, based on the rulings of a prominent twelfth century jurist: according to Imam ‘Azz bin Abdul Salaam, a Muslim should abandon his possessions to robbers if so doing would safeguard his life.

Based on this logic, Burhami analogizes that the Muslim husband should abandon his wife if defending her jeopardizes his life—as she is just another possession that can easily be replaced.

Keep reading…

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM

The point of the CNN op-ed was moral equivalence. The left will use it to justify or condemn, which ever path it takes to make their case. It is as twisted in its own right as honor killings.

Dan_NV on May 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Yes, all the Muslim “honor” killings of women are exactly like the California killings.

Except that the California killer targeted and killed both men and women.

And the California killer was not motivated by his twisted religious beliefs, but by his general lunacy and out-sized sense of entitlement (okay, maybe the killers all do have that in common).

AZCoyote on May 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The difference was Chamberlain wasn’t afraid of Hitler.

formwiz on May 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Just because a media outlet hires a copywriter, doesn’t make the copywriter a journalist. Advocacy Journalism is an oxymoron. Confused advocacy journalism is just…confused. Please stop referring to these intellectually challenged sycophants as “journalists”. They are not. At best they are propagandists, and most even suck at that. If Journalism is ever to re-find salvation and the path to enlightenment, raise the bar on who wears the title.

Skip2014 on May 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM

lynncgb on May 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Thank you, I have the glass and I live in just the place for this to work. I’m going to give it a try. No today, it’s going to rain.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Wow, it only took HA 13 years since the 9/11/2001 attacks to finally admit (sort of) that the problem is Islam, when the Conservative base and regular commenters on HA have known this for years.

And who would have thought that the writer to have broken that ice would have been Jazz, of all people.

At least AP has dared to recently let the word ‘jihadist’ slip into some of his writings. Ed has no balls whatsoever, and continues to stubbornly focus on chimeral “terrorism.”

Anyway, better late than never. Good job Jazz. A rare bit of intellectual honesty.

WhatSlushfund on May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Wow, it only took HA 13 years since the 9/11/2001 attacks to finally admit (sort of) that the problem is Islam, when the Conservative base and regular commenters on HA have known this for years.

And who would have thought that the writer to have broken that ice would have been Jazz, of all people.

At least AP has dared to recently let the word ‘jihadist’ slip into some of his writings. Ed has no balls whatsoever, and continues to stubbornly focus on chimeral “terrorism.”

Anyway, better late than never. Good job Jazz. A rare bit of intellectual honesty.

WhatSlushfund on May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Well Said

reddevil on May 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I don’t know. The writers at Hot Air can wax lyrical about little brown oppressed folks without mentioning Islam or Muslims all the time. Sometimes a weasel word like Islamisticist is used when the writer is cornered into a descriptor but for the most part reality is avoided at Hot Air too.

BL@KBIRD on May 31, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Were you trying for ISLAMIST there? If so, I’d agree that is the cop out word that is used. JIHADIST

Try calling them muslim Terrorists on social media and see the hate flow from them.

reddevil on May 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I was going to say JIHADIST is another favorite diversion word.

(HotAir really needs an edit function.)

reddevil on May 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM

It’s easier to attack western white males (the patriarchy) for what happened in UCSB than for the white females to attack a religion/ ideology that demonstrably hates them.

They know they have a forum here, but in Pakistan, well, they would be stoned to protect the honor of their (patriarchal) families!

The hypocrisy is real and based on simple fear of islamic savages.

virgo on May 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Moonbat Professor Links Santa Barbara Killer To “Conservative Christianity”…

In the wake of last week’s University of California, Santa Barbara shooting, a professor at a California college has sought to tie the roots of the suspect’s misogyny with Christianity.

Devin Kuhn-Choi, an assistant professor in the religious studies program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, attempted to link suspected shooter Elliot Rodger’s views on women with the perspective of “conservative Christianity” in an article written for ReligionDispatches.org, an online publication hosted by the University of Southern California. While Kuhn-Choi makes a point of writing that Rodger “was not directly influenced by conservative Christianity,” she spends much of the essay trying to make a comparison between Christian views on gender roles and the “pick-up artist” culture to which Rodger has been tied.

“Many commentators have discussed the ‘pick up artist’ (PUA) culture in which Rodger’s ideology is based, but broader cultural forces shape the exaggerated ideas of gender roles that are the foundation of Rodger’s misguided notions of masculinity and entitlement — including most conservative Christian constructions of strict gender roles,” writes Kuhn-Choi. “Though they approach beliefs about masculinity from different perspectives, both PUA and contemporary portrayals of conservative Christian masculinity share some similar points.”

**eyeroll**

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Now now. Let’s not forget all those 5th grade Sunday School lessons where we learn how Moses was able to pick up chicks.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Does a Muslim own CNN?

albill on May 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

No, a muslim doesn’t own CNN, but the “religion” obviously p’wns CNN.

NOMOBO on May 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Top Egyptian Islamist Issues Fatwa Telling Husbands To Abandon Their Wives To Rapists If His Life Is In Danger…

Islam permits Muslim husbands to abandon their wives to rapists in order to save their own lives—so says Dr. Yassir al-Burhami, vice president of Egypt’s Salafi party, the nation’s premiere Islamist party since the Muslim Brotherhood was banned. [...]

Indeed, the many fatwas of Dr. Burhami, a pediatrician by training, include banning Muslim cab and bus drivers from transporting Coptic Christian priests to their churches, which he depicted as “more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar”; permitting marriage to minor girls; banning Mother’s Day—“even if it saddens your mother”—as a Western innovation; and insisting that Muslims cannot apostatize from Islam—a phenomenon often in the news.

Now in his most recent fatwa—that husbands are permitted to forsake their sexually-assaulted wives in self-interest—Burhami relies on qiyas, or analogy, based on the rulings of a prominent twelfth century jurist: according to Imam ‘Azz bin Abdul Salaam, a Muslim should abandon his possessions to robbers if so doing would safeguard his life.

Based on this logic, Burhami analogizes that the Muslim husband should abandon his wife if defending her jeopardizes his life—as she is just another possession that can easily be replaced.

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Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM

You know, it’s really not sufficient to label Islam as barbaric 7th century Arab culture. It’s not just barbaric. There are plenty of cultures just as old that don’t treat women that way. Modern feminists would be absolutely appalled at the “gender roles” of the Old Testament, but Israelite culture seems to have been completely devoid of the hostile view to women exemplified in Islam.

Just try to imagine the Koran ever containing anything like the 31st chapter of Proverbs, dedicated to a virtuous woman who runs an entire household, including servants, buys land, helps the poor, and of whom it is said, “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.”

But, you know, “gender roles.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

While we should admit that there are a few unfortunate cases of underage marriage which take place on compounds in the mountain West

Sometimes even when you manage to come close to being on the right side you screw it up and find a way reveal your northeastern liberal bigotry. So a few unfortunate cases of underage marriage “in the mountain West” over the years need to be noted but not the thousands, if not tens of thousands, of underage girls being used as rentable receptacles on the streets of new york city this morning? It wasn’t sufficient to say there are bad individuals everywhere on the planet but it’s the backward cultures and societies that need to be addressed without indicting our entire country because of some individuals?

peacenprosperity on May 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

She then turns from that horrific killing to the subject of the girls stolen by Boko Haram. Another winner, yes?

No? What does the Boko Harem kidnapping of school girls have to do with honor killings?

The fact is it doesn’t.

Dusty on May 31, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Oh Jazz puh-lease. It’s the usual moral relativism. Too bad they couldn’t squeeze Christianity into the UCSB killings, that’s what they really want to do.

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

The hypocrisy is real and based on simple fear of islamic savages.

virgo on May 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Feminism = hypocritical cowardice

Feminists are spoiled rotten women who are submissively cowering from the men who might actually hurt them at the same time they are pissing all over the men who both protect them and treat them as equals.

Absolutely despicable, and right at home on the left.

fadetogray on May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

How is this related to UCSB?

It’s not. She works for CNN and her audience is not programmed to pick up on that. Heck, she probably doesn’t even recognize it herself. It’s just another example of a journalistic device that I call the editorial within the editorial practiced mostly by liberal writers. There is no strong thematic connection. The commonality is the emotional outlook on these various matters, whatever is bothering her that day. So it all gets put together – just like garbage.

DaveDief on May 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Just because a media outlet hires a copywriter, doesn’t make the copywriter a journalist. Advocacy Journalism is an oxymoron. Confused advocacy journalism is just…confused. Please stop referring to these intellectually challenged sycophants as “journalists”. They are not. At best they are propagandists, and most even suck at that. If Journalism is ever to re-find salvation and the path to enlightenment, raise the bar on who wears the title.

Skip2014 on May 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM

A glance at her wiki page proves that she was “trained” as a “journalist” (read: “indoctrinated”):

Gayle earned a BA in journalism summa cum laude from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. From 1997 to 2004, she worked in the ABC News Political Unit, where she served as producer in the first year of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

So. she was educated at a Far-Left J-School, and got her “grad degree” from one of the greatest Democrat Propagandists of all time, Steffy.

Dr. Goebbels would approve of her molding.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Sudanese woman facing ‘barbaric’ death sentence for marrying a Christian will be FREED after U-turn from authorities

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Good news. Thanks, RWM.

fadetogray on May 31, 2014 at 1:42 PM

this is the point where I’d be playing the sound effect of the needle suddenly screeching across the record and the music going silent

The sound track in my head actually did the needle screeching followed by a very loud Oh WTF, right as I read “This time a 22 year old man on a quest”

Wallythedog on May 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

What a shock. No mention of Islam at all in that article even though it’s the root cause of ‘honor’ killings. I think 90 plus percent of all honor killings are done by Muslims. Freaking dhimmi writer.

sadsushi on May 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Can vinyl be unwarped?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Yes, and if you want to make sure you don’t set it in the sun too long, or the sun is more intense than you reckoned (possibly ‘melting’ or otherwise degrading the microscopic undulations in the vinyl grooves thus degrading the sound on playback) or if you have several warped LPs and you’re really into it (I’m a vinyl junkie and enthusiast myself), then consider a vinyl flattener like this:

http://www.stereophile.com/content/vinyl-flat-affordable-record-flattener

otlset on May 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

I’m SO old that I remember when these things (#) were called pound signs, as in, “If I see another hashtag meme, I’m going to # somebody!”

This latest sillines is the perfect example of Obamaism…when confronted with a big problem, do something meaningless that makes you feel good. Will it help anything? Who cares…I re-tweeted and now I’m going to take a nap.

Kenz on May 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Why are these people so reluctant to mention muslim terrorism? This is a horrible cult of people living in the 12th century. Is our “government” and their media so afraid of muslims that they won’t even mention their name? What these people do is murder in anyones vocabulary in the modern world. Stop enabling and protecting them.

crankyoldlady on May 31, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Because Liberal/Marxist/Progressives, Humanists, and Muslims are all united in their hatred for Jesus of Nazareth. Those folks also have visceral hatred for followers of Jesus Christ.

oldleprechaun on May 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

On the plus side, she didn’t call for stricter gun control laws to prevent honor killings. Perhaps she introduced the UCSB paragraph to promote the topic and changed her mind? It doesn’t fit otherwise.

talkingpoints on May 31, 2014 at 4:51 PM

On Islam – “No greater retrograde force exists in the world” ~ Winston Churchill, 1899

lel2007 on May 31, 2014 at 5:26 PM

(HotAir really needs an edit function.)

reddevil on May 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM

They do. It’s called “Preview”.

Yeah, I know. Proofreading is a grueling chore, and so last century.:p

S. D. on May 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

S. D. on May 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

It’s not that as much as I always see what I meant to say rather than what I really said.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2014 at 5:48 PM

The photo captions reads: Fighting honor killings in Muslim world

VirginiaPlain on May 31, 2014 at 7:31 PM

They do. It’s called “Preview”.

Yeah, I know. Proofreading is a grueling chore, and so last century.:p

S. D. on May 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I didn’t hit post, that’s the thing. Had the shift key down and chrome went out on its own. I’m actually a stickler for proofreading.

reddevil on May 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Wow, it only took HA 13 years since the 9/11/2001 attacks to finally admit (sort of) that the problem is Islam, when the Conservative base and regular commenters on HA have known this for years.

And who would have thought that the writer to have broken that ice would have been Jazz, of all people.

At least AP has dared to recently let the word ‘jihadist’ slip into some of his writings. Ed has no balls whatsoever, and continues to stubbornly focus on chimeral “terrorism.”

Anyway, better late than never. Good job Jazz. A rare bit of intellectual honesty.

WhatSlushfund on May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Well Said

reddevil on May 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Hahahahahahaha … are you two kidding me? Do you seriously not even know where “Allahpundit” took his name?

Good grief.

Jaibones on May 31, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Hahahahahahaha … are you two kidding me? Do you seriously not even know where “Allahpundit” took his name?

Good grief.

Jaibones on May 31, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Um, yeah dude, I get it. I doubt there’s anyone over the age of 18 in our country — Left or Right — that wouldn’t get his pseudonym.

But having an irreverent (or even blasphemous, by Islamic standards) pseudonym is not the same thing as clearly pointing out in one’s analytical writing that Islam, as an ideology, is the cause of all this horror.

People know who Jazz is. He doesn’t post anonymously. And yet he had the guts to come out and say it explicitly.

WhatSlushfund on May 31, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Hahahahahahaha … are you two kidding me? Do you seriously not even know where “Allahpundit” took his name?

Good grief.

Jaibones on May 31, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Why the FU** do I care where he got his name? WhatSlushFund is spot on. If you’ve got a problem with that, tough sh**.

reddevil on June 1, 2014 at 1:56 AM

This “journalist”, Mizz Lemmon, is nothing more that a leftist hack. Pushing the liberal narrative is always more important than stating the facts to lefties.

Whitey Ford on June 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM