Robert Spencer here -- Atlas has very kindly allowed me to guest post here while Jihad Watch is down. We are working on getting things up and running over there again. Sometimes you can get to the site, but it is very slow. In the meantime, I am grateful for the space here. Thanks, Atlas!
Here is another honor killing story, this one out of South Africa. Islamic apologists routinely dismiss honor killings as having nothing to do with Islam; however, Islamic law stipulates that a parent who kills a child incurs no penalty, and as for wife-killing, a few years back the Jordanian Parliament rejected on Islamic grounds attempts to stiffen penalties for honor killings. In light of such facts, the refusal of Islamic leaders in the West to face this issue is criminally irresponsible, and only ensures that honor killings will continue.
Note also that "Abdul Rudolph" sounds like the name of a convert. Did he pick up the idea that honor killing could be justified from those who converted him to Islam? How is it that they failed to instruct him in those true, peaceful Islamic teachings that we hear so much about?
"Man allegedly doused wife with petrol," by Jade Witten in IOL.co.za, July 3 (thanks to Maxwell):
An investigating officer has told the Goodwood Magistrate's Court how
an Athlone man walked into his wife's place of work and slit her throat
before attempting to set her alight.
It is alleged that Abdul Rudolph slit the throat of his wife, Firdous Fortune-Rudolph, and doused her with petrol in the kitchen of Morkels furniture store at N1 City Mall, where she worked.
Inspector Anton Abraham, testifying in Rudolph's bail application yesterday, relayed the events that unfolded at around 2pm on April 29.
He said Rudolph, 30, entered the store to speak to his 25-year-old wife. The couple then went to the kitchen where he asked her "if she didn't love or want him anymore".
This was premeditated: he had five liters of gasoline with him:
He then poured petrol from a five-litre bottle over his wife, before attempting to set her alight with his lighter.
But, as this took place, two of Fortune-Rudolph's colleagues stormed into the kitchen and shoved him aside.
They rescued her and rushed her to hospital.
Abrahams testified that Rudolph then knelt on the kitchen floor and slit his own throat. Later he drove off.
Mall security guards gave chase and found him unconscious at the wheel of his car. He was admitted to hospital....
The court also heard Rudolph had a separate case of attempted murder and rape of a former wife pending in the Wynberg Regional Court.
He had allegedly choked and then raped the woman in 2005 and was later released on R2 000 bail....
Abrahams said Rudolph should not be granted bail as he had violated the conditions of the order which prohibited him from physically, emotionally and verbally abusing his wife, harassing her or entering her place of work....