For John, BLUF: This 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.What about the defendant's son? Does he get to beat his wife and then claim he inherited that approach from his Father?
“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.”
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.