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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Culture Follow-up

For John, BLUFThis is the United Staes.  We do have a distinctive culture.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

So in Brooklyn there is an ongoing case about a man who is accused of beating his wife to death (charge of murder).  The defense lawyer is claiming it is manslaughter, since in his native culture (Pakistan) beating one's wife is acceptable.

Defense attorney Julie Clark admitted Hussain beat his wife — but argued that he is guilty of only manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill her.  In Pakistan, Clark said, beating one’s wife is customary.

“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial.  “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”

What about the defendant's son?  Does he get to beat his wife and then claim he inherited that approach from his Father?

At what point is multi-Culturalism an unbearable problem in the Ubited States?  At what point, if any, do we step back from overseas relations due to cultural differences?  Today apparently not in Saudi Arabia or Sudan.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yes, I do think we should maintain relations with nations like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

1 comment:

Neal said...

There is a universe of difference between economic and political relations with another nation/state and sinking to the lowest common denominator of human behavior.

We don't cut off hands of robbers in our country today (although we do have a predilection for shooting them if we catch them in the act) or mutilating female genitalia with a dirty razor blade. So why would we accept the argument that it is okay to beat your spouse to death because your "culture" provides acceptance.

When a society becomes multicultural and multilingual, it is a dying or dead society. Birds of a feather flock together.....and they tend to reject other birds of a different feather. That is the basis of "society." Liberal mania holds that multiculturalism somehow strengthens society.....and yet history disproves that posit...over and over.