In Britain there was an “honor killing” where a Muslim man killed his daughter b/c she was becoming too “Westernized”. He is being prosecuted for murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Now in Muslim countries, even relatively modern ones like Jordan, the concept of an “honor killing” are not unknown and the perpetrators are usually not punished. So to some extent, it’s a cultural difference; it’s allowed in their native countries.
So should it be allowed in the UK or US in the Muslim immigrant communities? I realize it’s against the law, but should it be punished less? Should we not conform our ideas of justice and the laws to adopt to our new citizens, whether legal or not?
If we don’t aren’t we saying that “our” laws and cultural traditions are somehow “better” or more “moral” than theirs? If we say that, isn’t it a form of racism?
Before you say anything, please remember that these people are people of color (for the most part) so that their customs, though different, should be seen as at least equal in morality to ours.