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Originally posted by LexusYou know, you could always look past this without the burden of stereotype. After all, if a man beheads his wife, the obvious conclusion is 'he's insane' not 'he's religious'.
That would be an obvious conclusion IF it were not that the religious culture the man is in has a history of doing this.
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Originally posted by LexusAfter all, if a man beheads his wife, the obvious conclusion is 'he's insane' not 'he's religious'.
I agree that insanity should be given primary consideration as the cause of any such horrific crime. It seems impossible, in my one hundred percent non-professional opinion, to consider the facts of this case and not conclude that the murderer was suffering from some form of mental illness. However, I don't think society as a whole is helped by ignoring or brushing aside the role of any secondary or contributing causes in the commission of this grisly act. I think it's important to know (as best that can be known) what factors played a part in shaping the perpetrator's state of mind (his insanity, if you will) that may have lead that person to first consider, and then commit, such a grisly crime; all in the hope that such knowledge may one day help save someone else's life. For example, in another domestic violence murder (which received national attention and quite a bit of discussion on this board) the role of drugs and post-concussion syndrome on the perpetrator's state of mind were studied and discussed; ideally in the hope that any information gathered from said studies and discussion just might help prevent a repetition of this type of crime by someone else in the future. For that reason, I think it's fair to examine the possibility in this case that what the perpetrator was taught in the name of religion may (just may) have been a secondary or contributing cause to his deranged state of mind, leading him to commit such a ghastly act.
Originally posted by Fred Williams of The Buffalo NewsThe gruesome death of Orchard Park resident Aasiya Zubair Hassan— who was found decapitated—and the arrest of her estranged husband are drawing widespread attention, as speculation roils about the role that the couple’s religion may have played.
While Muslim leaders have urged against applying cultural stereotypes to the crime, advocates for women linked the killing to attitudes in Muslim societies.
“This was apparently a terroristic version of honor killing, a murder rooted in cultural notions about women’s subordination to men,” said Marcia Pappas, New York State president of the National Organization for Women.
While domestic violence affects all cultures, Muslim women find it harder to break the silence about it because of a stigma, she said.
“Too many Muslim men are using their religious beliefs to justify violence against women,” she said.
Nadia Shahram, a matrimonial lawyer in Williamsville, said that some Muslim men consider divorce a dishonor on their family.
A teacher of family law and Islam at the University at Buffalo Law School, Shahram said that “fanatical” Muslims believe “honor killing” is justified for bringing dishonor on a family.
For those interested, the full article may be found here (buffalonews.com)
This is a good point, incidentally. When Clinton beat Dole in '96, it was considered a landslide. And in the Electoral College, it was 379-159. Popularly, Clinton won 49.23-40.72, which is not a landslide by any stretch of the imagination.