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Where “I am more moral than you” gets us.

This is probably the worst thing that I have ever seen. From the Assyrian International News Agency.

According to the Kurdish website up to 1000 men from the Yezidi Kurdish community of Mosul killed a teenager who’s only crime was running away to marry a Muslim man whom she loved and converting to his religion.

For four months the girl had been given shelter by a local Muslim Sheik. It was reported that in the last few days her family persuaded her to return home, convincing her that she had been forgiven by her parents and relatives for her mistake.

In a short mobile video clip which appears to have been taken by locals at seen of the murder, the girl is seen being ambushed on her way home by a group of up to 1000 men who were waiting for her to return; the men killed her in the most brutal way possible, by throwing large stones on her head. The following clips show that while she is alive and crying for help she is taunted and kicked in her stomach until someone finishes her off by throwing a large stone on her face.

From the clips it appears that the girl was first stripped naked to symbolize that she had dishonored her family and her Yezidi religion. She is lying on the road naked while her smashed face is covered with blood and still breathing.

According to the website and footage from the clip a number of armed local police officers were present who in fact helped the crowd to kill the woman rather than preventing the crime. Sometime later the Iraqi army arrived at the scene and refused anyone entry, including the press.

Killing women for reasons of honor, shame and religion does happens in regions of Kurdistan and Iraq. The above incidents are not uncommon in some of the deeply religious and traditional communities. For long violence against women has been commonly used as a political and religious weapon and as a means of social control.

By Kameel Ahmady, Mina Rojdar

It made me physically ill to see the video. It is grainy and jumpy, but you can see what is happening.

I’ve read some racist comments about this on other websites. I think this has nothing to do with race, nor even their religion. I do believe that this is the natural outcome when you mix religious-based “morality” and politics. When you allow your beliefs to manifest themselves in a belief that you are somehow more moral than someone else, because you follow what you think god wants.

If there is any god who would approve of what happened to this girl, then he is truly sick, demented, and not deserving of worship nor reverence of any kind.

This is why I believe in what I do. This is why I believe in protecting the rights of those consenting adults who wish to perform in, distribute, and watch adult media. I don’t market it, I defend it against those who believe that they are more moral than someone else. I don’t mind anyone who says “don’t watch it.” I don’t mind anyone who says “don’t perform in it.” I do mind someone who tries to take that choice away from me, because that is step one on a trail that leads to a girl being stripped naked and stoned to death by people who believe that they are more moral than she.

Some yummy food for thought on this subject.

All believers learn that God holds them responsible for their actions. So far so good, but for many, belief absolves them of all other responsibilities. Consciously or subconsciously, those who are “born again” or “chosen” have diminished respect for others who do not share their sect or their faith. Convinced that only the Bible offers “truth”, they lose their intellectual curiosity and their ability to reason. Their priority becomes not the world they live in but themselves. — Martin Foreman, God would be an atheist: Why can’t we all be Japanese?

Mr. Foreman’s full article is here.

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