Ironic doesn't even begin to describe it.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu recently stated that a project called the Islamophobia Observatory
has been launched in order to eliminate the worldwide waves of fear of Islam
'Worldwide waves of fear of Islam'? How could that be? What is anyone doing in the name of Islam that anyone on this planet could possibly be afraid of?
Like say, women, for instance?
See, the OIC is all concerned about Danish cartoons and short films like 'Submission' and Geert Wilders' Fitna as unfair and undeserved affronts and insults to the peaceful religion of Islam.
No mention as to the butchery of Theo van Gogh in Holland over said 'Submission' or the burning down of three Danish embassies by 'Muslim students' over the Danish cartoons, or even the attempted assassination of the cartoonist who drew the 'Mohammed Turban Bomb.'
That isn't their problem, you see? That's all our fault for bringing it on ourselves.
Their problem is containing the bad publicity that Islam keeps getting over suicide bombings, terrorist attacks, indiscriminate murder, beheadings, calls for genocide of the Jews, death threats of public figures.
An oh yeah, 'honor killings'.
How do you make the butchery of women in Islam look respectable?
You know, make it their fault?
That's the easy part. You just call it an 'honor killing'.
Makes it all right.
The Kaleej Times
reports that Jordanian authorities are questioning a 22-year-old man who shot his pregnant 20-year-old sister at her in-law's house in western Amman to avenge 'a matter of family honor.'
No reason was given for the 'honor killing'.
Jordanian authorities report that this is the 23rd honor killing in Jordan since the start of last year, though some outside NGOs believe that number is far too low.
According to Rana Husseini
, a former Jordanian who now monitors the problem from outside Jordan, honor killings accounted for one-third of all murders of women in Jordan in 1999.
Honor killings are not limited to Jordan. Far from it. Honor killings have been on the rise in places like Gaza as well.
According to the UN and the International Campaign to Stop Honor Killings, over 5000 women and girls in 52 nations are murdered every year.
Reasons for these murders can be as trivial as talking to a man or as innocent as being raped.
Nor is it limited to the uneducated. According to the Women News Network
, 1he 1977 execution of Saudi Arabia’s Princess Misha’al bint Fahd al Saud is believed, in some corners, to have been carried out on the instructions of the Saudi royal family itself.
The order for the death of the 19 yr. old princess, due to her insistence in marrying someone not approved of by the family, was carried out by her great uncle.
More recently, a Saudi father shot his daughter to death after discovering her using Facebook.
There have been sensational and tragic cases here in the West as well.
Two teenage sisters in Texas, Amina Said, 18, and Sarah Said, 17, were shot to death by their father, Egyptian-born Yaser Abdel Said, who is wanted on capital murder charges and has since been linked
to Al Qaeda.
The girls' pleas for help, heard on 911 tapes, stunned the nation.
In Canada, the strangling of 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez by her father for her refusal to wear the hijab and overall defiance of Islamic traditions, shocked that nation as well.
Sadly, Aqsa Parvez
was not the first girl to be honor murdered in Canada.
In March 2004, a 14-year-old female rape victim is strangled to death by her father and brother because she has supposedly tarnished the family name.
In April 2004, a man brutally murdered his wife and daughter after finding out that his brother had previously molested them.
A teenage girl with a Turkish background had her throat cut by her father after he learned she had a Christian boyfriend.
I've had my say on this subject many times, and I grow weary of even reporting on it.
Maybe I need to check into the OIC's 'Islamophobia Observatory.' Cleanse my mind.
You know. Like the Jordanian man cleansed his honor.
Here's a radical idea: what if everyone in Islam just stopped killing for ONE DAY!
Think of how peaceful the world would be, even if only for twenty-four hours.
You could call it Life Hour, like the Green Hour thing. Only better.