Pakistani Mother Burns Her Teen Daughter to Death For Going Against Tribal and Religious Customs

About three times a day, and maybe more, a Pakistani woman is killed for “dishonoring” her family. But to whom does the dishonor really go? How does a sentient human being, with malice aforethought, brutally murder anyone, much less his or her own child or sister? What are we to do with people so threatened and upset by love that they douse their kin in kerosene and light the fateful match?

A woman in Pakistan burned her 17-year-old daughter alive on Wednesday to punish her for marrying against the family’s wishes, the latest in a series of so-called “honor killings” that claim the lives of nearly 1,000 women every year in the conservative Muslim country.

Police say Zeenat Rafiq’s mother, Parveen, tied her to a cot and drenched her with kerosene before lighting her on fire. Neighbors in the congested, working-class neighborhood in the eastern city of Lahore came running when they heard the screams, but family members kept them from entering the house, said Nighat Bibi, who lives nearby.


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Florida Pastor With a Violent Past Shoots and Kills His Wife While Cleaning His Gun, He Claims

Pastor Darrel Reid, who runs a home-based ministry in Apopka, Florida, was cleaning his gun on Monday night when it went off and the bullet hit his wife in the head. Katie Reid died hours later in a local hospital.

It’s not the first time the pastor’s been involved in an incident.


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Head of Graying, Faltering Anglican Church Wants U.K. Broadcasters to Intensify Religious Coverage

Whatever things you may fault Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby for, a lack of chutzpah sure isn’t one of them.

Yesterday, Welby called for British public broadcasters, especially the BBC, to “promote religious literacy.” In fact, he wants that goal to become part of the BBC’s official mission (called a charter) that the government periodically gives the broadcaster as a set of stringent guidelines and obligations.

The ruins of Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset, England.

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Bangladeshi Home Minister Thinks He Knows Who’s Really Behind the Hacking Deaths of Secularists

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan says that the brutal killings of atheist bloggers and other minorities can be blamed on the Israeli government.

I guess Muslim extremists are off the hook.


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A Reminder: People Are Going to Have Different Worldviews. That Doesn’t Make Them Assholes.

If we get mad at peaceful protesters, we’re only going to hurt ourselves.

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