There was a story just reported on Headline News' program called Prime News, http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/02/arizona.iraqi.dad/index.html, about an Iraqi father who came all the way to America to uphold his families honor by killing his daughter.
The reason he killed his daughter was because she became "too westernized" and fell away from her Islamic upbringing. Through her westernization, she refused an arranged marriage, disobeyed her fathers rules and was living with her boyfriend.
To uphold his families honor, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, took extreme action and ran over his daughter with a car, sending her to the hospital for two weeks of pain and suffering before she succumbed to her injuries. A friend of Noor Faleh Almaleki was also seriously injured in the attack. He is now facing several charges.
Many Islamic countries suffer these honour killings, as well as non-Islamic countries. It usually is based on immoral actions on the part of a child or wife, and is vastly perpetuated against women.
This is a very sad case and murder should never be allowed. It does raise a question. Do American parents still teach morality, whether based on religion or basic decency?
One wonders, is our society too soft on the actions of our children and of ourselves? Do Christian, Jewish or other religious parents talk to their children about honoring their religion, themselves and their family?
It is amazing what many parents today allow their children to do. Killing a child for their poor choices is not an option, but do parents today, especially those who claim to be religious, talk to their kids and try to dissuade them from some of the poor choices they make? It seems like living together is the norm with many parents today. Most Christians are taught to be against co-habitation, but do they uphold that value in their homes?
Co-habitating isn't the only problem. School violence and many other immoral activity plagues our children and the schools they attend. Parents aren't doing enough, nor are the schools. Is Western culture heading down a dark path? The line between right and wrong is very blurred with today's children and young adults. Who's to blame?
While no one should condone the action of honour killings, this country does need parents to speak with their children about immoral behavior and steer them away from it. Talk to them, but don't assault them and certainly don't kill them.
Sometimes it takes a horrible atrocity to have a culture look at themselves. Parents and teachers, are you teaching your kids and students morality and having honor?