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Honor Killings are about Gender

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Submitted by Dawnbreaker (United States), Jan 4, 2006 at 18:06

My understanding is that violence against women and children is endemic in virtually every society on earth whether the men practice Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, or are atheists. While interpretation of religious texts might be a person's justification, the issue is the belief that men are superior to women and have the right to control women through violence if necessary.

Many practices common in Muslim countries are really reflections of ancestral tribal value systems and customs, just like they are among Christians in both the East and West. My point is not to make excuses for Islam as it is currently practiced, but to point out that honor killings, like bride burnings and female genital mutilation are about gender inequality, whatever the religion of the perpetrator.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Common events [104 words]Phil GreendMay 25, 2007 18:0594560
This is utter nonsense. Dont blame Pakistan or Islam [126 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Philip SolomonSep 6, 2006 17:3455100
Naseer Ahmed [878 words]jonny9110Feb 20, 2006 04:1336452
The Pyscho patho'allah'gy of everyday Islamic life [164 words]Ben van de PolderJan 5, 2006 17:5031137
A Pakistani Humbert Humbert ? [189 words]Ben van de PolderJan 5, 2006 17:0931129
Humanity - The Ultimate Dichotomy [53 words]heather clarkJan 5, 2006 01:2831075
Honor Killings are about Gender [126 words]DawnbreakerJan 4, 2006 18:0631058
Evil is evil - no matter the apparent religion [76 words]Joe MarschallJan 1, 2006 03:1030873
Re to JOE [100 words]tom nortonJan 1, 2006 19:4930873
Don't blame Islam or Muslims [98 words]Un DrainedDec 27, 2005 11:5530628
Reply to Un Drained [268 words]frazDec 27, 2005 16:4730628
A religious crime? [87 words]Michael ElvinDec 27, 2005 02:0330613
Michael Elvin's "A RELIGIOUS CRIME "..... [61 words]jacob mandelblumDec 29, 2005 20:0630613
Your bias against islam is showing [113 words]Islam loverJan 1, 2006 00:4330613
Re : Islam lover [66 words]World loverJan 4, 2006 17:3130613
Equal rights [4 words]IanusJan 11, 2006 14:5530613
there is one difference [37 words]Phil GreendMay 25, 2007 18:1130613
crimes have been committed by Baptists and Methodists [28 words]mortal sin DichotomyMar 14, 2009 02:3930613
The door mats of Islam [298 words]Merry WhitneyDec 26, 2005 21:1930601

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