In the name of honor…

I think it’s all but impossible for us to get inside the minds of Muslims who kill their own children to save their family “honor.” You can only read a story like this with a sense of disbelief, shock, revulsion and bewilderment.

Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-year old stepsister to salvage his family’s “honor” — a crime that shocked Pakistan.

The 40-year old laborer, speaking to The Associated Press in police detention as he was being shifted to prison, confessed to just one regret — that he didn’t murder the stepsister’s alleged lover too.

Hundreds of girls and women are murdered by male relatives each year in this conservative Islamic nation, and rights groups said Wednesday such “honor killings” will only stop when authorities get serious about punishing perpetrators….

Bibi recounted how she was woken by a shriek as Ahmed put his hand to the mouth of his stepdaughter Muqadas and cut her throat with a machete. Bibi looked helplessly on from the corner of the room as he then killed the three girls — Bano, 8, Sumaira, 7, and Humaira, 4 — pausing between the slayings to brandish the bloodstained knife at his wife, warning her not to intervene or raise alarm….

Speaking to AP in the back of police pickup truck late Tuesday as he was shifted to a prison in the city of Multan, Ahmed showed no contrition. Appearing disheveled but composed, he said he killed Muqadas because she had committed adultery, and his daughters because he didn’t want them to do the same when they grew up.

He said he bought a butcher’s knife and a machete after midday prayers on Friday and hid them in the house where he carried out the killings.

“I thought the younger girls would do what their eldest sister had done, so they should be eliminated,” he said, his hands cuffed, his face unshaven. “We are poor people and we have nothing else to protect but our honor.”

260 such “honor killings” took place so far this year, a small number considering the size of the religion, but even one such killing is incomprehensible and sickening. Unfortunately, the “anti-idiotarians” will surely point to today’s story as proof that Muslims are all animals. Surely some of them are (the father interviewed in this story certainly qualifies), but apparently most in Pakistan were as shocked and repulsed by this story as we are.

Update: Man, I am prescient. Here’s some intellectual musings on this story from a great Islamic Studies scholar.

The more we hear about the Religion of Piss and their Moongod Followers of the Prophet of Pederasty, the more we long to saw their heads off and piss on their remains….

And President Dickless, in between tonguebathing the rectums of Islamofascist “clerics”, keeps assuring us that Islam is a “Religion of Peace?”

If anybody slit the throat of a child around His Imperial Majesty, he would not only kill the son of a syphilitic goat bastard that did it, he’d kill every single worthless imitation of a human being that had ever as much as said a nice word about the pig. And I’d enjoy the killing too.

But keep sucking excrement out of the sphincters of your muslim masters, Dubya, if you stopped doing it we might get the silly idea that you were a leader of men, after all.

Just remember to swallow.

He’s a proud member of Charles Johnson’s “anti-Idiotarian Blogroll.” And he’s no better than Nazir Ahmed.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Sad story. The honor killings strike me as more tribal than muslim, although the two are often conflated, especially when the tribes in question are conservatively islamic and look to the religion for validation of cultural practices.

Isn’t it alarming that there are some people so far to the right that Dubya looks like leftist softie to them?

December 28, 2005 @ 11:43 pm | Comment

Shocking…despicable. I am glad that the majority opinion in Pakistan is also one of horror and disgust at this man’s actions.

December 29, 2005 @ 11:18 am | Comment

“I think it’s all but impossible for us to get inside the minds of Muslims who kill their own children to save their family “honor.”"

I’m not saying that this is right, because it i sickening beyond belief, but if you can’t ‘understand’ why people like this do things like this, then maybe you need to look a little harder.

January 2, 2006 @ 2:39 am | Comment

ACB, share some of your insights, please!

January 2, 2006 @ 2:41 am | Comment

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