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By: Robin Murray-o'hair Re: Kill a Woman for God __________________ KILL A WOMAN FOR GOD Honor killings -- in Islamic Arab culture, that's when women are killed by male relatives in order to preserve the "honor" of their families. The step is taken when a woman has done something to "stain" the family's name, such as having sex when unmarried. One such woman was found outside the village of Beit Jalla in the West Bank recently. She was bound hand and foot and decapitated. Others have been found strangled, short, or burned alive. And what do religious authorities of the West Bank say? In Beit Duqou, throwing women off the mosque's minaret is recommended. A respected West Bank district court judge and lawyer adds: "Murder is a bad and horrible thing. I am, of course, opposed to murder. But also, in my opinion, what is more important is moral stability in a society. Religion, culture, tradition calls for this [honor killings]. Maybe, if one woman is killed because of honor, it might stop other woman from taking this step." Under Jordanian law that applies in the West Bank, honor killings qualify as murders with "special circumstances," thus having lighter penalties. And who said religion was "pro-life"? Source: Los Angeles Times; Muskegon Chronicle, 3/13/95 --- * OLXWin 1.00 * Dial-THE-Atheist at (512) 458-5731 --- WILDMAIL!/WC v4.11 * Origin: American Atheists Online (512) 302-0223 (1:382/1006.0)

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