We’ve been following this story for some time now but it’s looking increasingly like an attempt to apply the template for handling the Trayvon Martin murder to the murder of a Muslim woman in San Diego isn’t going the way the Islamists would like.
Islamist organizations sprang into action when they thought Shaima Alawadi was the victim of a hate crime, brutally bludgeoned in her El Cajon, Calif. home March 21. They linked the case to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, saying he was considered suspicious for wearing a hoodie and she was targeted for her hijab.
Islamist groups and their spokesmen blasted what they saw as anti-Muslim rhetoric fueling the hate leading to the attack. A Facebook page was created calling for “a Million Hijab March” to protest “a world so full of hatred that a woman wearing a head scarf is afraid for her life.”
Subsequent disclosures now cast that conclusion in doubt. They show that police suspect Alawadi’s murder may have been a vicious act of domestic violence, and that the hate crime clues were an attempt to deflect investigators’ attention.
Police found divorce papers in Alawadi’s sport utility vehicle. Her daughter, who said she found Alawadi’s bloody body, was fighting an arranged marriage to a cousin so vehemently that she threw herself out of a moving car to get away.
No arrests have been made, so the true motive remains undetermined. If it is an “honor killing” motivated by religious/cultural sentiment that a woman shamed her family, or straight domestic violence by an angry or jealous relative, those voices that leaped to the wrong conclusion should be just as loud in demanding a discussion on the causes.
A statement released by CAIR seems to point to the group realizing it is on the wrong end of a PR campaign:
An April 5 statement from the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Chicago office said any external debate on Muslim family violence is inherently bigoted. Even if Alawadi’s death was not a hate crime, CAIR argued, it still “has brought significant attention to the inequality that prevails in American culture. It has highlighted the dangers of allowing hateful rhetoric and bigotry to go unpunished, and the fatal consequences that can result.” Discussing domestic violence merely is a ploy by “those who would like to deny the prevalence of hate crimes, racism, and bigotry in the United States will use the new information in the Alawadi case to further damaging stereotypes, such as the oppression of women in Islamic communities, and detract from the xenophobic sentiment that exists in this country.”
How’s that for a mea culpa? Even if the woman was killed by her daughter or her husband, non-Muslims are the bigots for bringing it up.
Welcome to the Middle Eastern mind.
If hate crimes warrant greater punishment, then so should staging them.