Okay, I should know better than to watch Fox News, but I was in the mood for more punishment last night after spending the day with my family-of-origin. I watched Murder in the Family
last night and was appalled. They have equated Islam with honor killings, saying that it happens commonly among immigrant Muslim populations, etc, etc. With one exception, they showed American women who had married immigrant men from Pakistan, Egypt, and Lebanon. They went on to make the bizarre connection that men who are likely to kill their sisters/wives/daughters are likely to also be part of Islamic-fundamentalist-jihadist groups. Their "expert witness" was a woman who has written something like 13 [very biased] books on Islam as a religion that condones and encourages this sort of behavior. Her qualification as expert? She had a failed marriage to a Muslim immigrant (Egyptian, I think?).
Why is it that when a Muslim man (or woman) commits an inhumane act, it's seen as a part of his/her religion, but when a non-Muslim does it, it's anything but? And then the media jump on these stories, throwing out words like "jihad" when they don't understand what it means, and villify every immigrant Muslim man in the country in the process.
"Honor killings" are anything but honorable and they are certainly not condoned or encouraged by Islam. It is a tribal practice that pre-dates Islam and has been practiced by Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Zoroastrians, and all other religious groups found in the area described as "The Middle East." And by the way, "jihad" means struggle, most appropriately used as the struggle we all find ourselves in every day to do what we know is right versus what is easy, expedient, or just plain feels good.
I'm done now. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. [/rant]