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Honor killing has no religious roots in Islam

Posted by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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 DETROIT–Arab-Americans and their supporters held a conference in Detroit on Sunday against bigotry in response to an anti-Islam conference in Dearborn, Michigan.

"We stand for America," said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab-American News, at a panel discussion held at a Detroit hotel. "And they (anti-Muslim activists) stand against America and against the American way of life."

Siblani's views were echoed by others who gathered for a conference organized by the Arab American Institute and supported by several other Arab-American groups to counter a conference held in Dearborn on Sunday by anti-Muslim activists called the "Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killings."

Last year, Mokdad, 20, a Muslim was shot dead by her stepfather in Warren, Mich. Some anti-Islam activists said it was a honor killing because initial reports were that she was perceived as too independent, but Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Cataldo said Friday it was not an honor killing. The family of Mokdad opposed the anti-Islam conference and didn't want Mokdad's name on it, Cataldo said.

On Sunday, Imam Hassan Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn -- the biggest mosque in Michigan -- said : "Honor killing has no religious roots in Islam."

Sunday's anti-Muslim conference features two of the most well-known anti-Islam activists in the United States, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.

Geller, who blogs against Islam, said: "Our goal is to raise awareness about the phenomenon of Islamic honor killing in order to help bring a stop to it. These girls have rights, too, they're human beings, and yet they're completely forgotten in our politically correct culture."

Qazwini said he believes Geller is motivated by money. He said she wants to make "Islam look like a monster to raise funds."

Sunday's anti-Muslim conference in Dearborn is the latest effort by anti-Islam activists to target Dearborn, which has the highest percentage of Arab-Americans in the U.S., according to Census figures. Earlier this month, Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones held a demonstration outside Qazwini's mosque.

In addition, some Christian missionaries have increasingly targeted Muslims at the annual Arab festival in Dearborn; last year, some yelled at festival goers as they walked by.

James Zogby, who heads the Arab American Institute, said of Sunday's anti-Muslim conference: "These people are bigots … they are sick."

The Arab-American conference featured talks by U.S. House Reps. John Conyers and Hansen Clarke, both Democrats from Detroit. Daniel Kirchbaum, executive director of Michigan's Department of Civil Rights, also spoke at the event, saying that many in Michigan want to make sure "Muslims are treated fairly and equally."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-29/arab-american-conference-against-bigotry/54632566/1

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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rotPferd
by Silver Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

 As with every religion, man has to make up their own rules, interpret it to their liking, and feed it to the masses.

JavaLadybug
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I agree that not all persons of the Islamic faith are violent. I agree not all support the Violence. 

Religions in general... MEANING ALL OF THEM! Have been the cause of more than 85% of the death's in the world. 

Be they political, religious or morality based... Each war, murder and or violent attack has been to some extent based on a person's FAITH AND BELEIFS! 

JavaLadybug
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

And in addition.. Killing someone .. IS NOT HONORABLE!

H_Tunisia_Remix
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I think it is pathetic that this group can use that murdered girls name without the consent of her family...

I have never read anymore about what happened to the step father over her murder... so I am off to google...

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Gods, those asshats are sick, using that girl's name in their spiel.

and it sucks that they are using it to go against the religion she was a part of.


Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

American 'patriots' are often the least American of them all.

It is sad and scary that people as a herd need so badly to have someone to fear and hate.


Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

It is pathetic and should be illegal.

Quoting H_Tunisia_Remix:

I think it is pathetic that this group can use that murdered girls name without the consent of her family...

I have never read anymore about what happened to the step father over her murder... so I am off to google...


muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Im sure people will say it's because people interpret religion differently, yada, yada, but, there is nothing to misinterpret in Islam for this. Besides, what about other religions that do this? This has been around before Islam.

muslimah
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

Im sure people will say it's because people interpret religion differently, yada, yada, but, there is nothing to misinterpret in Islam for this. Besides, what about other religions that do this? This has been around before Islam.

 Somebody already did say that.


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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM


Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

Im sure people will say it's because people interpret religion differently, yada, yada, but, there is nothing to misinterpret in Islam for this. Besides, what about other religions that do this? This has been around before Islam.

 Somebody already did say that.

Not surprised.

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