A father defends his honor in Afghanistan.

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Today I’m downing a beer after every blog post to raise money for the SSA!  Please leave me stuff to write about or suggest things to write/rant about.

First up: in Afghanistan a woman ran away with another man (her cousin) while her husband was in Iran.  Her father was torn on what to do.  Sure, he could wonder why his daughter would do such a thing and just hope that she is happy, but he figured he’d ask the people who talk to god in order to be sure.  Boy, did they have a different idea…

“Violence against women continues to be endemic in Afghanistan and those responsible very rarely face justice,” said Horia Mosadiq, Afghanistan researcher at Amnesty International.

The killing came after three of the village’s religious leaders, allegedly linked to the Taliban, issued a fatwa (religious edict) that Halima should be killed publicly, after her father sought their advice about his daughter’s elopement.

“Not only do women face violence at the hands of family members for reasons of preserving so-called ‘honour’, but frequently women face human rights abuses resulting from verdicts issued by traditional, informal justice systems,” said Mosadiq. “These systems must be reformed and the police must prevent such verdicts being carried out.”

Now, one would think that when told a person should murder his daughter, the only viable response would be “Fuck you”.  But when your mind has been corrupted by faith, sometimes humanity goes by the wayside.  And that’s exactly what happened here.

The woman, who has two children, was shot dead on Monday 22 April by her father in front of a crowd of about 300 people in the village of Kookchaheel, in the Aabkamari district of Badghis province in north-western Afghanistan.

Because god decreed that improper use of his daughter’s genitals dishonors the father so greatly that the only way the father can redeem himself as a stand up guy is to commit the apparent non-crime of shooting his daughter to death.

But if we don’t take our moral cues from god (or, in every case, the people claiming to speak for god), how could we ever have morals?

Islam is ugly.  Period.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.