Friday, February 4

Religion of kill-your-teenage-daughter. Again.

In Pakistan a few days ago the father of a 14-year-old girl murdered her when she refused to marry the father's 52-year-old cousin.

The marriage had been arranged by the father, so the daughter's refusal was viewed as bringing dishonor to the family. The father electrocuted the victim--a lengthy process when using household voltage.

The girl's mother reportedly agreed with the murder, reportedly saying she didn't want her husband to be jailed. “My daughter was a disgrace to the family. We can’t tolerate our children disrespecting their elders’ wishes so we killed her,” Mukhtar Mai said. “Why would I want my husband punished? He did the right thing.”

Okay, let's pause for a second: I fully realize that there are crazies in all societies, all religions. But I submit that the fundamental, irreconcilable difference with Islam is...roughly half of all clinically *sane* Muslims in Pakistan would likely agree that this murder was proper and justified.

And *that,* gentle reader, is why I doubt we'll ever find common ground with this particular group of Muslims. Others, possibly, but not these folks.

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