Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Corner - Honor Killings On the Rise

The Corner - National Review Online Even famous actresses can be potential victims of honor killings. The recent attempt on Harry Potter actress Asham Azad's life by her own father and brother recently made world headlines. Her crime? Dating a Hindu, which is a capital crime in the Muslim tradition. Now a beautiful young woman, full of promise, must go into hiding and be protected from her own family. What a shameful tragedy. Why would her family, who must have been enjoying the fruits of her labors as an actress in four extremely lucrative Harry Potter movies, want to kill her? How does killing a beautiful young woman restore honor to a family? You have to wonder what they were thinking to want to kill the one who was probably the highest paid bread winner in the family. You would think they would have been more ashamed of her acting in the movies. But dating a Hindu is far worse than that apparently. And what constitutes dating? Going to the movies? Sleeping with him? Apparently just being in the same room with him could be enough to bring dishonor in the eyes of a Muslim or a Hindu. Lest we be unfair, the Hindus have their fair share of honor killings too. However the Muslims have had the most honor killings in the last 20 years.

It has been said that the measure of a successful thriving society is the way the women and children are treated. Looking at the abysmal treatment of women in the Muslim culture it is no wonder some Muslim countries are still stuck in the 10th century. If we are to make any progress towards world peace, health, harmony and happiness this must change. In order to change, western countries must never ever tolerate barbaric treatment of women. It is time to make Muslims in western countries understand that Sharia Law will never prevail over the Rule of Law. It is time to take a stand. It is as simple as that.

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