There’s No Honor In Killing For Gods Sake

I don’t typically follow headline news stories. I know, on many levels, it’s worth doing so to stay on top of current affairs. But I also know from experience that, all too frequently, I end up disgusted and appalled at what I find going on in the world. In addition, when horrible things are done in the name of a religion, I just can’t stop shaking my head in disgust. But today, when I stumbled across the story of a the stoning to death of a 17 year old girl, I had to push back the tears.

If you’ve not seen or followed the story, there was what is called an ‘honor killing’ last month of a teenage girl in Bashiqa, Iraq. It seems that she was Kurdish, her religion is ‘Yazidi’, and she’d fallen in love with a Sunni Muslim man. Marriage outside of the faith is strictly forbidden. The girl decided to convert to Islam, told her family, and when their community learned of her plans, she hid with a local cleric for protection. Her parents allegedly begged the cleric to not surrender her to anybody. But when her uncle came to get her, telling him that the family had forgiven her, he brought her out, where she was shortly surrounded by a large crowd.

Here’s where it really turns horrific. There’s a video of this, captured on a cell phone and available online, but having read the description I’ve no interested in witnessing such an atrocity. She was kicked, punched, forced to the ground and beaten. Her father attempted to get to her but was prevented by the crowd. She was brutally beaten with increasingly larger stones and bricks, bleeding heavily and shouting for help, until her skull and spine were crushed and she lay lifeless. While the crowds cheered. And later, her killers removed her body, burned it and buried it with the remains of a dog as a sign of her worthlessness.

13 of the attackers were her cousins. Her uncle brought her to them. And they killed her for loving somebody of another faith and choosing her own beliefs.

I can’t begin to comprehend such an act. I can’t fathom that it’s even within one’s nature to take such extreme and inhumane steps. Your own family? And in the name of a religion? How, exactly, does that rationalization work? Yet how does it work that strapping on explosives and boarding a bus filled full of innocent people as an act of religious devotion make any sense either? Killing for the sake of God? For “Honor”? I just don’t get it, and I don’t understand how anybody can rationalize such behavior on any level.

This is one of those things that make me a strong believer the the world would be a much better place without such blind adherence to writings from thousands and thousands of years ago as the word of a supreme being, let alone a ‘Loving God’. You’d think that we’d have evolved along with all of the findings of science, astrology, chemistry, biology and meteorology. We know so much more today then we did when such antiquated writings and theologies were practiced, if not mandated. We’re no longer treating ailments with leeches and blood-letting, are we? We’re no longer believing that the sun revolves around the earth, even though Galileo was shunned by the church at the time for such heretical statements. We understand biological and medical conditions today that would have been deemed possession in darker times. We’ve traveled into outer-space and back, discovering incredible details of our own solar system as well as others. We’ve cured diseases that would and had wiped out millions. And we’ve unlocked the mysteries of genetic DNA. Yet somehow, there are cultures still embracing myths such as those from these faiths that somehow have earned a ‘get out of logic free’ pass.

I’m sorry but it’s just beyond understanding for me. Could you honestly, knowing what you know today, subscribe to stoning somebody for not believing in another’s faith? Could you honestly defend, as the word of God, something like this once you read it…

“If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”

Stoning. And people call that the word of God. That’s from the Bible, by the way, not the Koran. Deuteronomy, Chapter 13. Vers 6-10. But there’s plenty of those statements in the other worlds religions, as well as those in the Bible.

Like I said.. It’s beyond my understanding as to why this things like this are still a part of a modern society.


Written by gsm

05/23/2007 at 8:08 am

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  1. Wow! Very powerful. Very well done my friend. It’s very painful to admit that mankind can still act like this given how far we THINK we’ve evolved.


    05/23/2007 at 10:52 am

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