Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fundamentalist Honor Killing

There was another "honor killing" last week, this time in Arizona. While an "honor killing" is common & doesn't make the news in some parts of the world, like Iraq where the perpetrator is from, it is rare in the United States. 

In this instance, the Iraqi father was quite upset his daughter was becoming to "Westernized" after she left her husband & moved in with her boyfriend. Evidently a lady who wanted out of a marriage (for whatever reason) deserves death. So, a 20 year old lady is dead & her 48 year old father is in jail on murder charges --- because the Koran says so. (USA Today article.)

Now before anyone starts condemning the Muslims for their uncivilized view of things & the Koran for mandating such a terrible thing, let's stop for a moment & give our own history a glance or two. Remember such things as "defending your family's honor?" Even the infamous Hatfield & McCoy feud was escalated because a young woman left for an affair with the other clan (see Wiki article). In the South there is a common expression: He needed killing --- a statement that means justifiable homicide because the offending individual was so rotten.

This is not something unique to Islam. Don't forget Exodus 21:17: And he that curses his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Or Leviticus 20:10: And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

From a Biblical perspective, the guy followed the command of Scripture.

I'm gonna stop & let that sink in for a moment. 

1 comment:

Georgia Mountain Man said...

I saw where a Somali adulterer was stoned. His pregnant girlfriend will meet the same fate after her baby is born. Believe me there are Christians in this country who would participate in this kind of thing, if it were legal. If fundamentalist Christians ever succeed in taking over the US govt., there is no doubt in my mind that it will be legalized.