By: Robin Murray-o'hair
Re: Kill a Woman for God
KILL A WOMAN FOR GOD
Honor killings -- in Islamic Arab culture, that's when women are
killed by male relatives in order to preserve the "honor" of their
families. The step is taken when a woman has done something to
"stain" the family's name, such as having sex when unmarried.
One such woman was found outside the village of Beit Jalla in the
West Bank recently. She was bound hand and foot and decapitated.
Others have been found strangled, short, or burned alive.
And what do religious authorities of the West Bank say? In Beit
Duqou, throwing women off the mosque's minaret is
recommended. A respected West Bank district court judge and
lawyer adds: "Murder is a bad and horrible thing. I am, of course,
opposed to murder. But also, in my opinion, what is more
important is moral stability in a society. Religion, culture, tradition
calls for this [honor killings]. Maybe, if one woman is killed
because of honor, it might stop other woman from taking this step."
Under Jordanian law that applies in the West Bank, honor killings
qualify as murders with "special circumstances," thus having
And who said religion was "pro-life"?
Source: Los Angeles Times; Muskegon Chronicle, 3/13/95
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