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What religion teaches you to kill your own children?

December 12, 2007

I can’t tell you the depth of shock that reading this article caused me. How can a father’s devotion to his religion ever convince him to kill his 16–year-old daughter for not wearing a hijab (head scarf)? I don’t think any parent can fathom such an abomination.

I’m well aware of the story of how God told Abraham to sacrifice his own son, Isaac, but I’m more than reasonably sure that Allah didn’t appear as a pillar of fire and tell 57–year-old Muhammad Parvez to kill his 16–year-old daughter, Aqsa.

Because of this man’s twisted religious beliefs, a young woman will never see a life of her own. She’ll never experience the joys and sorrows of parenting. She’ll never see tomorrow.

I don’t know if there is a hell deep enough or that burns hot enough for a parent who murders his own child. I’m sure that Mr. Parvez will have a long time to consider his actions. I wish the Canadian court would see to it that his daughter’s face was painted on the wall of his prison cell. Every day, he could gaze upon her likeness and ask himself how he could have been stupid enough to believe that his religion demanded that he kill his daughter for not wearing a head scarf.

As for the rest of the Parvez family, who sat idly by rather than calling police, one can only hope that behind the veil of their religious beliefs, they will mourn the loss of Aqsa. Not only have they lost a daughter and sister, they’ve lost the head of their family.

Until next time,
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  1. Will of Ohio permalink
    November 2, 2008 7:48 pm

    This is a tragedy for the world and a warning for people of all faiths. Religious extremism in any faith is dangerous, period.

    I recently watched a documentary on the increase in teen runaways in America. Many were Gay & Lesbian teens who had been abused or kicked out of their “traditional Christian” homes because their parents viewed them as sinners and embarrassments. These kids are dying too..some from HIV acquired while prostituting themselves for survival…some from self medicating themselves with heroin…some falling victim to predators..others by suicide.

    I hold these parents just as responsible for the deaths of these children as Mr. Parvez is for his daughter. The only difference is he killed quickly,they are killing slowly….but it’s all done based on the arrogant extremest assumption that they alone know the mind of God and have a divine blessing to enforce His will.

    Moderates of all faiths need to wake up and start pushing back against the various extreme elements within their community. Call them out…push back with the message of tolerance.

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