Monday, January 21, 2008

Tonight, on double standard watch

Just consider, for a moment, what the press would be filled with if this dude was a Muslim:
In a statement of fact agreed to by the defence and the prosecution, the Terrace court heard that Blair Donnelly was under a lot of stress at the time, and believed God wished him to kill both his wife and daughter.

Stephanie Joy Donnelly was an accomplished figure skater who coached local children. Stephanie Joy Donnelly was an accomplished figure skater who coached local children.

His 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie Joy Donnelly, was found stabbed to death in the family home by her mother on Nov. 23, 2006.

The father was found praying outside a local church with blood on his hands, the court was told.
We accept that this guy is probably mentally unbalanced (as, you know, a murderer must be almost by definition) and that it wasn't "really" God's voice in his head. Because he's a white Christian. Slap a beard on him and have him outside a mosque with blood on his hands, and we'd have a different -- and altogether more hysterical -- reaction, wouldn't we?

See, this story was all about how Muslims are adjusting, or not, to Canadian society. Whereas this horrible story from Kitimat is all about how unbalanced this one individual was.

Two stories where the facts are almost the same -- father murders daughter, religious belief is the immediate factor blamed in both cases. But in one case we indicted a whole religion and culture (because we were already prepared to anyway) while the other religion and culture (North American white Christianity) escapes more or less unscathed.

Way to go, everyone.


G B said...

As a child my family attended both of the churches in Kitimat that Blair Donnelly attended, the Pentecostal Church and the Alliance.

The evangelical church in Canada is full of dangerous lunatics - exactly the sort of person that the western media whips up fear about, as long as the person in question is a muslim.

Stephen Harper and Stockwell Day are both part of it.

Naito_mitsukai said...

If you'll notice, there's a BIG difference you're over-looking.

" "Her dad was threatening her and she was getting scared and she just didn't want to live there anymore," another student said."
~ quote taken from the site you linked

In the Donnelly case - it was a 'heat of the moment' thing. Completely unexpected, and 'out of the blue'.

You have - threatening your daughter, and later killing her - for religious believes


Going temporarily insane, due to stress - and believing God was telling you to kill your daughter.

This isn't to say that I believe what the jury chose was right, in either case (I'll keep my opinions on that part to myseld), only that the situations are not completely the same except for 'muslim vs christian' or any other stereotyping you see there. They were DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.

It's like the difference between first degree and second degree murder - premeditation.
I'm not saying that he did, I'm using it as an example.
The fact that one father was had been said to have threatenned his daughter before hand, where as the other did not - is the deciding factor.

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