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Thank you for not jumping ahead of the facts as regards Honor Killing

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Submitted by repsac3 (United States), Feb 20, 2009 at 03:46

While I seldom find myself on the same side of any debate as Daniel Pipes, I want to thank you for not skipping over the facts and calling this an honor killing, as have many of your ideological peers and admirers.

While this may turn out to have all the markings that Phyllis Chesler lays out for honor killings, very few of those conditions have been met so far, and I'm appalled at those who need see nothing more than a Muslim man and a dead female to dub this murder an honor killing brought about by religion or culture (in effect, saying that Muslims are genetically or culturally conditioned to kill in a way that others aren't.)

I hope your cooler head will encourage others to reserve judgement--if not actually pull back on the condemnations of Muslims, rather than of this particular murderer--until enough of the facts are in for us to judge this case fairly.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, it is important not to jump ahead of the facts.

Today, Feb. 20, a week after the murder became known, I have reviewed the 8 characteristics of honor killings vs. domestic violence that Chesler established in her MEQ article (see the table in this weblog entry).

I find that charascteristics 6 and 8 fit the HK better, 1, 2, 4, and 7 fit the DV model better, and 3 and 5 remain unknown. So 2-4-2 - not enough to assess what happened. We don't know enough, in short, to draw conclusions.

For this reason, however, we must also resist the defense lawyer's, the Islamist organizations', and the MSM's determinatiion to dismiss HK as a motive.

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