“Man enjoys the great advantage of having a god endorse the code he writes; and since man exercises a sovereign authority over women it is especially fortunate that this authority has been vested in him by the Supreme Being. For the Jews, Mohammedans and Christians among others, man is master by divine right; the fear of God will therefore repress any impulse towards revolt in the downtrodden female.” – Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex 1949
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 reasons surround sexual activity.
Of course, the sexual activity doesn’t have to be consensual. Rape victims are also guilty of bringing dishonor, and they can be killed as well. 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 doctrinal ritual long, long ago. However, fundamental religionists have a tendency to ignore things like human rights, preferring to remain locked in willful ignorance.
Honor Killings And The Muslim Man…
To quote Syed Kamran Mirza:
Honor killing is the bone chilling horrific cruelty committed by the family members—father, mother, brothers, brother-in-laws, even in some cases own sisters also. In this terrible episode the victim is always the daughter/sister or other blood related young women who get killed. Perpetrators are always the family members stated above. Family honor is one of the core values of Arab society. Anything from speaking with an unrelated man, to rumored pre-marital loss of virginity, to an extra-marital affair, refuses forced marriages; marry according to their will; or even women and girls who have been raped—can stain or destroy the family honor. Therefore, family members (parents, brothers, or sisters) kill the victim in order to remove the stain or maintain, and protect the honor of the family. Killers are given light sentences, sometimes with little or no jail time at all. The killers mainly defend their act of murder by referring to the Koran and Islam. Family guardian will say that they are merely following the directives set down in their Islamic ethical beliefs
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. As was stated by Mr. Mirza, all it can take to spark an honor killing is speaking with a man or a rumor of the loss of virginity.
According to most Islamic traditions, 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. 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 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), but it is equally true for Islam.
Honor Killing And The Christian Man…
There seems to be a divide on whether or not murder committed by Christians of those who have dishonored or disrespected the perpetrator. Many Christians would argue that the bible does not support this practice. They will tell you that modern Christianity does not condone the taking of a life for transgressions that result in dishonor or disrespect.
However, I would be remiss if I did not address the the hypocritical finger-pointing that is routine among many Christians who condemn Islam for being barbaric in it’s support for this kind of violence. The Quran has not cornered the market on honor killings. Commands for honor killing can be found in the Bible, as well:
“And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.” – Leviticus 21:9
“If however the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death…” Deuteronomy 22:13-21.
Yeah, but that’s the Old Testament, right? Well, consider this:
“Do not think that I [Jesus] have come to abolish the Law (the Old Testament) or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke or a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (the Old Testament) until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18)
“For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head;” 1 Corinthians 11:9, 10.
There exist many similar warnings, condemnations and death sentences within the pages of Christian Scripture. These that I have referred are only a few examples, and it behooves me how any Christian can have a theological problem with Islamic honor killings when the bible allows them. This is because you don’t see Christian husbands and fathers going about lopping off heads.
However, one cannot deny the prevalence of abuse against disobedient children that have resulted in their murder, nor the abuse that results in the murders of insufficiently compliant wives. The perpetrators of these heinous crimes have acted out in response to a perceived disrespectful transgression against their honor as godly parents and husbands. They believe that their wives and daughters need to be “taught a lesson,” and most of the perpetrators use biblical Scripture to back up their abuse.
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.
Abusive Muslims, Abusive Christians…
What it comes down to is that many Christians and Muslims use their twisted beliefs to justify their abusive behavior toward the women in their lives. Purists may disagree with me that deaths resulting from the physical abuse of Christian wives and daughters are not true honor killings. However, a close examination of death sentences that God/Allah command to be meted out for sexually related transgressions reveal quite the opposite.
The Muslim and Christian men who beat and/or kill their wives and daughters are not just dangerous, but also ignorant, uneducated, hate-filled, narrow-minded, bigoted, intolerant, self-righteous, dishonest, egocentric, arrogant and cruel. They are totally pre-occupied with sex to the point of producing sexual misery, have exceedingly narrow and legalistic views on morality, sanction slavery, and are the lowest form of human life on the planet.
They have been brainwashed into believing that committing some of the most horrific acts of inhumanity toward women are the want, will and desire their sick, twisted, perverted, megalomaniac deities, and that includes Yahweh, Allah, Jesus and especially the pedophile Prophet of Islam, Muhammad.