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Kudos for their courage in even pursuing the possibility that Yaser Abdel Said may have killed his daughters out of “honor.” But pay close attention to one of the spokesmen that the station found to talk to. He belongs to the Islamic Society of North America. Yeah, the same ISNA that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial and has been identified as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, an antecedent of al Qaeda. He’s the one making the argument that “honor killings” are cultural rather than based on anything in Islam.
The Chicago “honor killing” of an Indian immigrant family, which appears to have been based on the disparity in caste between the married couple, would back that up. But this editorial from Yemen cuts the other way.
Fathers are responsible for their daughters’ behavior, but human rights organizations deny this too. Brothers also should take action regarding their sisters’ behavior, especially if their parents are too old or dead. If a daughter or sister makes a mistake – especially a moral one – that negatively affects the entire family and its reputation, what’s the solution by such [human rights] organizations?
According to them, women should complain to the courts about any type of violence against them. Likewise, should fathers and brothers complain to police if their daughters or sisters violate moral, Islamic or social norms?
Fathers should handle their daughters via any means that suits their mistake; thus, is it better to use violence to a certain limit or complain to the police? Shall such women then complain to the police against their fathers or brothers? It’s really amazing to hear this.
That in mind, go back to the video. How free is the head scarfed girl to talk openly when her father is standing right there next to her? After the Said killings?
The story also points out that most honor killings take place…where?
Update: Thanks to commenters and an emailer, here’s last night’s story from NBC5i in DFW. Its angle is the girls’ boyfriends, one of whom followed the girls and their father for several miles on the day of the killings, until one of the girls called him and told him that everything was ok.
Update: Fox News Channel recycles the local Dallas story that’s linked above.