Thanks for the link. Just watched the YouTube clip of the CNN segment; as reprehensible as christianity is, islam is even more vile by orders of magnitude. Obviously, any number of apologists will claim the young woman’s death is due more to Kurdish tradition than islamic decree, but I can’t bring to mind any recent (20th century, let alone 21st) “honor killing” enacted in a “Western”, non-muslim society. Although, if a 600C member cites one such homicide somewhere in Latin America, as I have vaguely skirting the periphery of my memory, I’ll readily concede the point.
The young woman in the (presumably accurate) clip was a stranger to me, and I will not feign any deep personal sorrow at her death -- strangers die every day. But any religion that demands “submission”, and has its adherents prostrate five times daily is even more of an enemy to me than christianity.
Most muslims I’ve known here in the U.S. are similar to xtians I’ve known, in that they are fairly hypocritical when it comes to living up to the ideals of their professed religious convictions, and to this point pose a manageable “threat” to my way of life. But when bad comes to worse, I’ll side with Christopher Hitchens (http://www.hitchensweb.com/) in condemnation and contempt for fundamentalist islam as a serious threat to the basic foundations of Western “enlightenment”.
Beyond that, any religion that forbids the use of alcohol can seriously fuck off. And on that note, I believe I’ll have another shot of vodka just for allah...