December 13, 2007 @ 09:58
I went to visit my mom and dad yesterday, and while driving home I caught several minutes of a very compelling John Downs Show on am 640.
Downs is a jack of all trades at 640 and on nights where there isn't any hockey he does a two hour call in show and he does it very well.
Last night between seven and eight the subject was the killing of Aqsa Parvez and how it's divided communities. Muslims and non-Muslims.
It really is remarkable how non-Muslims are so quick to write this off as an honour killing or the actions of another religious fanatic trying to force his beliefs upon the rest of us.
Meanwhile, several Muslims called into the Downs Show to put the breaks on and attempt to keep this in perspective. They didn't defend the killing, but they did dispute the honour killing angle.
Yes, honour killings happen and in the end it could prove to be true, but the rush to judgment is a sore point.
Other men have killed their children and it had nothing to do with religion or culture or customs. They were nothing more than whacked out maniacs who lost control for a moment and did something horrible.
Those who called the radio station last night insisted that everybody slow down and let the courts decide what happened. Nobody knows what actually took place in that Mississauga home the other night or what led up to it.
From that angle, I have to agree. Listening to the radio over the past couple of days it's almost like a feeding frenzy. Some people leave the impression they "want" it to be an honour killing, they "want" it be an example of religious fanaticism and its uncomfortable to listen to.
And don't worry; I realize I was just as guilty as anyone else, my posting from Tuesday was written with the assumption that this tragedy centered around a hijab.
There's little doubt that Muhammad Parvez strangled his daughter to death on Monday night, but to this point it's far from certain that he did it on behalf of Islam.
He's a despicable man and he should be held accountable to the far reaching limits of the law, but in the end he shouldn't be used as an excuse to pound a whole religion.