Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Slow-Mo Invasion

Recently, I've been debating whether the Blue-State/Radical Islam alliance is a threat to the West. Well, that debate's over, after reading this story at Ekstrabladet; an English-language website in Denmark (Denmark.dk) covered the same incident:
A Pakistani man's alleged shooting of his younger sister in a so-called 'honour killing' over the weekend has led members of the Pakistani community to discuss ways of halting the practice.

The Organisation of Pakistani Students and Academics intends to discuss the practice during an upcoming debate forum, according to the organisation's chairman Qasam Nazir.

'Many (Pakistanis, ed) are very disappointed that this problem has again appeared in contemporary Denmark,' said Nazir.

Many members of the Pakistani community were shocked over the weekend to hear reports that a 29-year-old Pakistani man was apprehended on Saturday, accused of shooting his 19-year-old sister and her Afghan husband on Friday. The sister died shortly after from her gunshot wounds.


(source: LGF)

It's bad enough in Pakistan. Now, honor killing is creeping into Europe via Muslim immigration. Is America next?

Is the brutal practice commanded in the Koran? Some say no, others maybe and a few claim it's compelled. It may be significant that the Koran considers criminal rape "waging war on allah" (along with kidnapping, banditry, and robbery), punishable by "execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land." (Surah 5:33).

I don't pretend to know the answer. But I can identify the source of the problem--the Koran's treatment of women:
Islam addresses the differing needs of man and woman comprehensively. The need of woman, in child bearing years, feminism notwithstanding, is sustenance and security. A pregnant woman requires care; a nursing mother and infant require protection; a wife, mother, sister require respect: these are their rights. Equal rights, in proportioned measure: the way of Islam is honest and clear-sighted. To safeguard the one from the oversights of the other; to remind the one of the requirements of the other; the balanced checks of Islam work in supreme rationality: "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them stronger than the other, and because they spend out of their possessions (to support them)." (Surah 4:34). Women have the same rights as the husbands have on them. But man is the burden-carrying partner; with the weight of duty and responsibility, comes a measure of fair recognition: "But men are a degree above them (women)." (Surah 2:228). These are the basic injunctions of Islam concerning women. They revolve around the rights of women, not their restrictions. Injunctions placing restrictions on women in the Qur'an, emerge chiefly in connection to the greater curbs placed on men. For male lust, that primary, but blindest of drives, is not allowed to become the driving force of society. Thus the Qur'ânic injunctions recommend modesty, for both men and women. (24:31; 33:35). Where the parade of enticement and seduction prevails, Islam upholds the standard of straight forward human dealings, inner mettle to inner mettle. Sex and beauty stay at home; neither commodity nor potential incentive in wider social relations, their power is curtailed to strangers, enhanced to the bonded partner. Where promiscuity runs rampant, Islam builds a society where children know their fathers, and fathers are responsible for their wives and children. By severing the loose ties of lust, Islam restores the lasting ties of partnership. Where the sexual society objectifies, Islam humanizes.
Try explaining that to your bride.

I agree with Robin Burke, who recommends preventing and policing honor killings -- whether or not sanctioned by the Koran. And that goes double when you're in my home.

(via LGF)

4 comments:

ilona said...

"I don't pretend to know the answer."

I have,and do, maintain that the answer is Christian Evangelism. It used to be that Christians prayed for the opportunity to share the gospel with Muslims. Well. They are here, and they are evangelizing and instituting their religious tenets wherever they are found. It is time for convinced Christians to boldly target Islamic communities for evangelization.

That is my answer. I have many reasons for this, but I just put it out there bare-faced for all to see.

I think if we humbly and with love present the claims of Christ, it will do much more than all the hand wringing that goes on. No offense, but that is about all the political and social realms have without dismantling our freedoms, isn't it?

What we believe matters.

ric ottaiano said...

absolutely excellent post...i'm linking it asap

Carl said...

ric: thanks!

ilona:

I don't disagree with you. Remember the column that got Ann Coulter fired from National Review:

"Airports scrupulously apply the same laughably ineffective airport harassment to Suzy Chapstick as to Muslim hijackers. It is preposterous to assume every passenger is a potential crazed homicidal maniac. We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now.

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

Coulter defended her position in a Today Show interview by Katie Couric:

"Point one and point two by the end of the week had become official government policy. As for converting them to Christianity, I think it might be a good idea to get them on some sort of hobby other than slaughtering infidels. I mean perhaps that's the Peace Corps, perhaps it's working for Planned Parenthood, but I've never seen the transforming effect of anything like that Christianity."

Even non-Christians must acknowledge the truth of that last phrase.

Still, in admitting I didn't know the answer, I was referring to whether honor killing was demanded by the Koran, or merely had a near-perfect correlation with Islamic nations. Regardless of the source, it's a practice that must be abolished, even if ending it requires force, just as the British Royal Navy unilaterally ended the slave trade in the 19th Century.

OBloodyHell said...

> It is time for convinced Christians to boldly target Islamic communities for evangelization.

Just be certain you have your head up about exactly what that may result in should you do it.

The behavior of Islam towards those who convert isn't what I'd call socially acceptable, nor does it behave particularly well towards those who seek to do it. It's rather "stridently unfriendly", as a matter of fact.