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.

  • Glodson

    That is sickening. Once again, we see the humanity of a person robbed by religion. Murdering your daughter in cold-blood, all for the sake of “honor.”

    And let’s not forget that such an act is also commanded in the Bible as well. Abrahamic religions are ugly.

    • Nate Frein

      Honestly, I think Islam is a big example of how Greek ethical philosophy changed western christianity and acted as a buffer for some of the nastier stuff in the bible. Western society certainly can’t say that christianity is the reason this stuff isn’t so bad here.

  • Nate Frein

    Ugh.

    If you want a palate cleanser sometime during the day, I’d love to see your take on Pachelbel’s Canon as a music major and what you think of it when it’s transposed to D Minor (have a youtube link here).

    I can’t donate any more right now, but I can throw some in when I get paid friday.

    • Katet

      You would recommend listening to Canon in D Minor to allay the depression?

      You have heard it, right?

      • Nate Frein

        yes <3

        It's the only version I can stand to listen to.

        • Katet

          It is beautiful. It sounds so sad.

          • Nate Frein

            if it’s any consolation, i also tried to get him to sing this song during the stream.

  • Loqi

    Now, one would think that when told a person should murder his daughter, the only viable response would be “Fuck you”.

    Oh, I bet I can come up with a few other appropriate responses…

  • Loqi

    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.

    So we’re going to be seeing a lot of stories like this one today? Thanks for the heads-up so I knew to take a double dose of antidepressants. If I die of complications from an overdose, I want my tombstone to read, “Here lies Loqi, anonymous internet smartass.”

    • Glodson

      Yes, I am surprised he started off with this one. But I guess if one needs to drink, this is a great story to drive the drinking.

  • Rain

    Yeah music theory tips and tricks please!

  • islandbrewer

    I would be entertained if you jumped into this:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kathyschiffer/2013/04/at-carnegie-mellon-naked-pope-tosses-condoms-into-crowd/#comment-45217

    She’s an old catholic biddy who is REALLY upset that a woman was NAKED! (on the private CMU campus)


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