If you are around tonight (11:30 Eastern time), I will be appearing on a TV special on ABN focusing on honor killings in Islam and our Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killing in Dearborn on April 29th. David Wood, who is hosting the show, will be speaking at our conference. Appearing with me on the show, among others, is a close friend of Jessica Mokdad who will recount Jessica's fears about being honor killed. She lived in abject terror.
Tune in here.
The Muslim community, if it were honest about this phenomenon, would institute classes teaching Muslims against the attitudes and assumptions that lead to honor killing, instead of denying that it has anything do with Islam, when it obviously does.
Mohammad Shafia made it clear that he did it because he thought his daughters were violating Islamic norms: “May the devil s–t on their graves. Is that what a daughter should be? Would a daughter be such a whore?” He also said: “God’s curse on them for generations. … They betrayed Islam.”
In Islamic law the emphasis is not so much on the crime of rape but on the shame that the woman has brought upon her family by her sexual immorality, even if it was forced. So that shame can be washed away by her marrying the rapist.
Islam's emphasis is wholly and completely upon women as having the responsibility not to tempt men. If they do, and the man rapes, it's the woman's fault. So Islamic honor killing is of a piece with the wearing of hijabs, burqas, etc.