Tuesday, October 14, 2008

When is an Honor Killing not an Honor Killing?

Answer: When it is done by some* Muslims? At least, that's what Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations in Dallas, would have us believe.

“We (Muslims) don’t have the market on jealous husbands ... or domestic violence,” Carroll said.

According to the girl's great aunt, Gail Gartrell, the girls' Egyptian-born father killed them both because he felt they disgraced the family by dating non-Muslims and acting too Western. Yaser Abdel Said repeatedly beat and threatened to kill his daughters, so much so that their mother feared for their life and moved them away from their father. She had a change of heart and returned with her daughters after a brief separation.

Mustafaa Carroll said he worries that terms like "honor killing" may stigmatize the Islamic community. “We (Muslims) don’t have the market on jealous husbands ... or domestic violence,” Carroll said.

Yaser Abdel Said killed his two teenage daughters by shooting them in the backseat of his taxi in Texas on New Year's Day. That was not the act of a 'jealous husband' or 'domestic violence' -- it was premeditated murder.

I have a personal message for Yaser Abdel Said; Texas has a sure-fire cure for murderers like you -- the death penalty, and they're not afraid to use it.

The Islamic Community stigmatizes itself with real life stories of vile and disgusting atrocities and the accompanying silence of leaders in the Islamic Community. Carroll's own silence on the matter smacks of this same nonsense, and for him to suggest that the FBI would add to that stigmatization by calling a pile of crap a pile of crap is idiotic at best, blasphemous at worst.

Now, I don't want to leave you with the impression that I'm biased against Muslims, because that's where Carroll was going with his comments. I am against murderers no matter their faith, and I'm against the cognitively challenged like Carroll.

There are Muslims who do not practice honor killings and denounce the act as immoral. Clearly in this case it was an honor killing, and calling a 'pile of poop' a 'rose' doesn't make it smell any better to anyone -- it just makes Mustafaa Carroll wrong. -CE

* - "Honor killing is currently virtually unknown in Muslim sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh and Indonesia. It is most commonly practiced by Muslim Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Afghans and Pakistanis and their immigrant populations abroad." - Ken Lydell

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