The following excerpt from an article is a few months old, but given the recent news on "honor" killings in America, this glimpse into the mind of a Muslim father clearly displays the mentality behind such barbaric behaviors. It is quite disturbing, so I've place it below the fold.
Within 24 hours, the authorities were able to locate and arrest Samieh’s father. The suspect, who in the initial stages of investigation had opted to remain silent and refused to provide any information about the whereabouts of his daughter, finally confessed, and provided a disturbing account of Samieh’s murder.
Sharif stated: “A while ago, I noticed that my 14 year old daughter is acting suspiciously. Initially, I tried to approach the issue gently, and to find out why Samieh is acting this way. She would leave the house without any reason, and when she returned, she could not provide a convincing explanation. Finally, I could not take it any more and I got in a fight with her, but that didn’t do any good because my daughter accused me of being suspicious and maintained that she has not done anything wrong. After a while, I became fully convinced that Samieh is having relations with a man. I perceived my honor to have been damaged, and tolerating such a condition and remaining silent was like death to me. So I decided to kill Samieh and rid myself of this shame.
"In this context, I had to make a decision about how I should kill Samieh and save myself from such disgrace. I had to choose a method for killing my daughter that would fit her [Ed: "suspected"] wrong-doing. Finally, I became convinced that I should stone her to death, but because I could not personally carry out the execution by myself, I sought the assistance of my friend, Ghafoor. When he learned about my problem, he accepted to help me kill Samieh to wash the stain of disgrace from my family. Ghafoor contacted a few other people and established the time and place to carry out the act.
"On the day of the incident, I forcefully took my daughter out of the house and dragged her to the outskirts of Holoor. She was terrified during the whole trip, and while she realized that she is about to face a horrifying fate, she was not sure of the punishment that I had planned for her. When we reached the planned destination, I threw my daughter on the ground and we began to stone her. Samieh kept screaming and pleaded and begged for her life. But, in order to restore my honor and return myself to a respectable life, I had no choice but to kill her. Then I fled.”
It is frightening to think this type of mindset exists at all, much less in the civilized West. The thought that "suspicions" of improprieties is somehow more shameful than cruelly terrorizing and slaughtering one's own child is simply inconceivable to a majority of human beings. But it isn't uncommon among Muslims and in Islam. This is the ideology we much eliminate, in the name of humanity.