Death by Slut Shaming: The American Honor Killing

Today, the headline that kept showing up in my newsfeed was Jordan Honor Killing: Pregnant Woman’s Throat Slit In Ruseife.  While this is obviously one of the most horrifying things I could read first thing in the morning, what frightened me the most was my complete lack of surprise.  Honor killings, rape, and other murders committed in the name of religion are all too common.  What is frequently ignored in the political rhetoric is how often they occur in the Western world and how in North America we have made them our own.

Sitting at my allergist’s office in 2011, I picked up a copy of Time and was shocked to read about the murder of Noor-al-Maleki and the attempted murder of Amal Khalaf in Arizona.  Not Jordan, not Syria, not Afghanistan, but the United States.  Later on, I was surprised to read that similar cases had occurred in England and Canada.  I was disappointed that the only news sites apparently keeping track of these outrageous murders are conservative watchdog sites, which are easily dismissed due to their rabid anti-Islamic rhetoric.  Honor killings are not sanctioned in Islam.  They are less a part of Islam than witch hunting is a part of Christianity.  They are a socially permissible way to dispose of difficult women in a theocracy. Continue reading

How I Became Angry

Hi all and welcome!

You may be wondering what made your nerd girl here so angry.  I’ve tended to be such a calm and passive person.  However, 2013 has just begun and we’ve already had the Steubenville case and the backlash that followed.  Countless blogs and even major news networks (looking at you, CNN and FoxNews) blamed the victim.  We have the ugliness that followed many of us on Facebook changing our profile pictures to a pink and red equality symbol.  Every news report I read on it had dozens of people in the comments asking what they should change their picture to in order to show that marriage equality was morally wrong.  Many of them chose a cross, which I find extremely ironic, considering the fact that if you happen to consider homosexuality as a sin (I personally do not) than you must realize that Jesus would have been kindest to gay people.  Whenever people preach about the sins of others, they seem to forget what Jesus himself said about pride and judgment: “Everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:14) and “Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7: 1-3). Continue reading