The Ugly Effect of Religion on Society
It’s one of the last great taboos: The murder of 5,000 to 20,000 women each year in the name of ‘honor’. And the problem is not confined to the Middle East.
It is difficult to remain unemotional at the vast and detailed catalog of these crimes. How should one react to a man who rapes his own daughter and then, when she becomes pregnant, kills her to save the “honor” of his family?
It is a tragedy, a horror, a crime against humanity. The details of the murders — of the young and old women (and gay men) beheaded, burned to death, stoned to death, stabbed, electrocuted, strangled and buried alive for the “honour” of their families — are as barbaric as they are shameful.
Most of the victims are young, many are teenagers, slaughtered under a vile religious tradition that goes back hundreds of years, and which now spans half the globe.
You may say this is extremism. But it’s the rigorously literal interpretation of religious scriptures and it’s no different from funamentalist Christian ideas or orthodox Judaic ideas in the US. Only the outcome is different because of legal constraints and public media attention.
Robert Fisk describes what happens. Read it if you dare.