There’s Nothing Honorable About Honor Killing

An “Honor Killing” is nothing more than a vicious, pre-meditated murder committed by a sick, twisted, demented and psychotic fundamental religionist. The victim is usually female and the perpetrator is usually male.  The charge brought against the victim is bringing dishonor to the family.  How is this dishonor wrought?  Sometimes it is a violation of a dress code or refusing to marry a pre-arranged spouse, but the most common reason surrounds sexual activity.  Of course, the sexual activity doesn’t have to be consensual.  Rape victims are also guilty of bringing dishonor, and they are killed as well.  We’ll examine this in a minute. While records of honor killings date back thousands of years, the advancement of the collective human intelligence and worldwide recognition of basic human rights should have eradicated this ritual long, long ago.  However, fundamental religionists have a tendency to ignore things like human rights, preferring to remain locked in willful ignorance.

Before I get to the prominent perpetrators of this crime, Muslims, I must point out that I find it hypocritical that Christians point fingers at Islam when one of them commit an honor killing. The Quran has not cornered the market on honor killings.  Commands for honor killing can be found in the Bible, as well. Leviticus 21:9 states, “And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire“.  Basically, if she commits one of the hundreds of examples of forbidden sexual acts, she gets toasted because she’s brought shame to her father’s honor.  Sound familiar?  Who can forget about Exodus 21:17, which stats, “And he that curseth his father, or mother, shall surely be put to death“, as well as Leviticus 20:9 which states, “For every one that curseth his father or mother shall surely be put to death“.  Children being put to death for dishonoring their parents.  These are only three examples of the many commands in the bible that command an honor killing.  How can any Christian have a problem with Islamic honor killings when the bible allows them?

Of course, one would be hard-pressed to find a lot of examples of Christian Honor Killings, and many apologists refute the deaths that result from the severe beatings that some Christian women endure by their husbands who feel they have not been sufficiently compliant in their duty to submit and obey. These men will use biblical Scripture to back up their abuse and many women accept it, as well, choosing to remain in abusive relationships because of the Christian doctrines on divorce, etc.  Thus, if you think for one minute that there have not been honor killings committed by Christians then you’ve got another think coming.   I will give Christianity this; their wanton murder of innocent people for crimes of blasphemy has almost disappeared in the time following the Crusades.  However, as I stated, a “True Christian” cannot point their fingers of disapproval at Islamic honor killings when their own bible has almost identical commands.

This brings us to the current disease on humanity known as “Islam“, which is allegedly a religion of peace.  Right…  It’s more like a religion of pieces.  Honor killings occur with shocking regularity in Middle Eastern and South Asian Muslim nations. Those who try to defend Islam often blame the widespread murder of innocent women on tribal or cultural practices, stating that Islam in of itself is not responsible for it.  However, the honor killing within the Muslim community originate from the core value of family honor that is prevalent in Islamic societies.  All it can take to spark an honor killing is speaking with a man or a rumor of the loss of virginity. The sick and twisted bastards who commit these murders are often given extremely light sentences, and sometimes never even serve one single day in jail because they successfully argue their case before sympathetic judges, citing directives from the Quran and the Hadith.

According to Islamic tradition, a woman is property, owned by a man who is responsible for her behavior and even if she is raped she becomes the source of shame to her family. Spoiled. Damaged goods. The shame on the family can only be removed by cleansing the stain with blood, and thus, according to Islam, she must be killed.  The outright misogyny of Islam is horrific in its subjugation and oppression of women, who are considered less than second class citizen. According to the Quran, women have half the rights of men and are considered less intelligent.  In fact, their “prophet“, Mohammad, referred to women as “awrah“, which can be translated as “object of shame” due to the literal definition being “pudendum”, which are the external genitals of a woman.  Tits and ass, as it were. The root of the word “pudendum” is from the Latin “pudor“, which means “a sense of shame“. In fact, the word “Puta” (another derivative) means “whore” or “bitch” in portuguese, spanish, and Filipino.  This is how the Muslim man can justify a women becoming the object of shame for the “crime” of being raped. 

Hundreds, if not thousands, of women are murdered by their families each year in the name of family “honor.”  A recent survey showed that 91 percent of honor killings worldwide are committed by Muslims, and 84 percent of honor killings in the United States were done by Muslims.  Honor killings are not honorable at all, but the result of a religion that has become a cancerous tumor on the body of humanity and like a cancer, Islam seeks to destroy everything except itself and if it finds within itself anything that stunts the propagation of it’s percieved “purity“, it will destroy that, as well.  Hence, honor killings.

The very fact that Muslims issue death threats for cartooning Mohammed, as well as the likelihood that I will get yet another fatwa (already have six) in my inbox for writing this article, is revealing of just how twisted Islam is.  Death threats for speaking out against horrific crimes and demented ideologies, as well as the practice of brutally murdering innocent women for the utterly ridiculous “crime” of blasphemy is enough evidence of how psychotic and delusional Islam is.  The sight of Muslims wearing sandwich boards that suggest the beheading of anyone who states that Islam is not a religion of peace speaks for itself.  I realize that Christopher Hitchens statement that “religion poisons everything” was mainly directed at Christianity (which is true), it is equally true for Islam and I wait with great anticipation for the feedback that will result from today’s entry by Christians trying to defend what I stated earlier about their own holy book supporting honor killings, as well as more drivel from Muslims who try to defend their faith by saying that honor killings are not part of Islam.


Al Stefanelli is the founder of the “United Atheist Front”.  For more information about the UAF, visit us on the Web, Facebook and Twitter.   Al also produces “Radio Free Atheism“, a Podcast.

  12 comments for “There’s Nothing Honorable About Honor Killing

  1. July 26, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Excellent post Al – teaches a lot about a horrible practice and just another one of the many ways religion destroys man – mike

  2. July 27, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Great post and blog. The notion that so many have of organized religion being of a ‘peaceful’ nature never ceases to amuse me.

  3. Sandman
    July 28, 2010 at 3:46 am


    if you are looking for Christian honour killings look to the Balkans and it also seems to be an on off issue in Armenia.

    Usually when a Christian is linked to a Muslim but also between Xtian denominations (Orthodox and non Orthodox).

    It also happened in old N Ireland on odd occasions, although the it was usually the community not the family.

    Hindhus are also big on honour killings – usually when one of the individuals is a muslim or lower caste….or just not approved by the village elders. Hindhus have also resurrected the filthy cult of Kali..see recent press from India on that.

    We even get it here in Thailand…. down south where the Muslims live funnily enough.

    Personally Id consider it a singular honour to choke the life out of the scum who do it.

  4. Sandman
    July 28, 2010 at 3:54 am

    sorry to do a double whammy but I hit the send too quick

    the point Im trying to make is that while its religion that is used to justify it, its nothing of the sort.

    Its just the leftovers of oppresive partiarchal societies where the family head is the big I am, and any challenges to that stsus are addressed with exteme violence.

    In Roman and Hellenic society this was accepted practice – defy the patriarch and he could kill you, and it was enshrined in law that it was NOT murder.

    shame we dont seem to have evolved much since eh?

  5. Rachel
    March 31, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Honor killing is not condoned in Islam.It’s a cultural issue and many families never have practiced it.

  6. curls
    June 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Yet Judaism has zero honor killings. Making your whole argument mute. The Jewish Tanakh (similar to OT) has those statements. Yet the religion from it, doesn’t condone honor killings. Judaism interprets it’s book in contexts, and non-literally.
    So your claim that Islam can point at OT because of mere words falsely equates that to actions.
    Yet the world can not simply point to Islam for honor killings, because they do exist outside of Islam. There is a cultural element to them.
    Atheism shouldn’t need to be non-peaceful even verbally at religion, in order to exist. Religion has brough pluses and minuses, as has atheism.

    • June 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Judaism has it’s issues, as well. Just ask any Palestinian. And the word it “moot,” not “mute.”

  7. July 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    allah approved misogyny is one of many severe problems with islam which is dangerous no matter how it is packaged…

    the twin fogs of political correctness & ignorance must be dispersed before western society better understands this menace. even a brief review of islamic theology & history quickly exposes the deadly roots of this evil ideology.

    see the links in the pdf version below for more accurate info about islam

    islam is a horrible ideology for human rights

    5 key things about islam

    1. mythical beliefs – all religions have these (faith) because its part of being a religion: having beliefs without proof until after the believer dies. the problem is people will believe almost anything.

    2. totalitarianism – islam has no seperation of church and state: sharia law governs all. there is no free will in islam: only submission to the will of allah as conveniently determined by the imams who spew vapors to feather their own nests. there are no moderate muslims: they all support sharia law.

    3. violence – islam leads the pack of all religions in violent tenets for their ideology & history: having eternal canonical imperatives for supremacy at all costs and calling for violence & intimidation as basic tools to achieve these goals.

    4. dishonesty – only islam has dishonesty as a fundamental tenet: this stems from allah speaking to mohamhead & abrogation in the koran which is used to explain how mo’s peaceful early life was superseded by his warlord role later.

    5. misogyny – present day islam is still rooted in 8th century social ethics: treating females as property of men good only for children, severely limiting their activities, dressing them in shower curtains and worse.

    conclusions ??

    there really are NO redeeming qualities for this muddled pile of propaganda.

    islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

    graphics version

    1 page pdf version – do file/download 6kb viewer doesn’t show fonts well, has better fonts header footer links, great for emailing printing etc

  8. Malcolm
    September 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    what alotof crap about Islam

    • julie
      December 30, 2011 at 8:06 am

      dont blabber anythng whn u dont know much abt tht

  9. julie
    December 30, 2011 at 8:10 am

    n u 2 al- just dnt talk smthng on any religion…..make ur verificationz correct n den post an “article” plz

  10. Paul
    July 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I am doing some research on this subject. I’m finding it hard to find good stats.

    “A recent survey showed that 91 percent of honor killings worldwide are committed by Muslims, and 84 percent of honor killings in the United States were done by Muslims. Honor killings are not honorable at all, but the result of a religion that has become a cancerous tumor on the body of humanity and like a cancer, Islam seeks to destroy everything except itself and if it finds within itself anything that stunts the propagation of it’s percieved “purity“, it will destroy that, as well. Hence, honor killings.”

    Can you pass along the survey information or research?

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