Monday, January 30, 2012

Supernatural Writings

Headline reads: Jury finds Afghan family guilty in honor killings

EXCERPT: The prosecution presented wire taps and mobile phone records from the Shafia family in court to support their honor killing allegation. The wiretaps, which capture Shafia spewing vitriol about his dead daughters, calling them treacherous and whores and invoking the devil to defecate on their graves, were a focal point of the trial.

"There can be no betrayal, no treachery, no violation more than this," Shafia said on one recording. "Even if they hoist me up onto the gallows ... nothing is more dear to me than my honor."

It’s hard to be hit with tears, first thing in the morning but this story is absolutely one of the most depressing tragedies of our times. A brainwashed family, consumed in superstition and misogyny, murder 3 young girls and another older female who is part of this polygamous unit because of some flimsy ‘honor’ by the male dominator of the household. In their delusional world of religious dogma there is no empathy, only the teachings from a couple of thousand years ago. No protection, no refuge for the children born into such homes. Even the word ‘home’ sounds depraved where such twisted disciplines exist. The saddest part of this nonfiction is… it still prevails in too many places on this planet today. Misogyny cloaked in religion is rampant all over the world. Will we, as human beings ever become discerning enough to realize that Supernatural Writings from thousands of years ago do not fit into today’s reality? Not as long as religion and its leaders hinder free thought, using the often subjective word ‘sin’ as a tool to control. So very Sad! thinkingblue

Jury finds Afghan family guilty in honor killings

KINGSTON, Ontarioon Sunday found three members of an Afghan family guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another woman in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, (AP) — A jury shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor," ending a case that shocked and riveted Canadians.

Prosecutors said the defendants allegedly killed the three teenage sisters because they dishonored the family by defying its disciplinarian rules on dress, dating, socializing and using the Internet.

The jury took 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

After the verdict was read, the three defendants again declared their innocence in the killings of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar 17, and Geeti, 13, as well as Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, Shafia's childless first wife in a polygamous marriage.

Their bodies were found June 30, 2009, in a car submerged in a canal in Kingston, Ontario, where the family had stopped for the night on their way home to Montreal from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The prosecution alleged it was a case of premeditated murder, staged to look like an accident after it was carried out. Prosecutors said the defendants drowned their victims elsewhere on the site, placed their bodies in the car and pushed it into the canal.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Maranger said the evidence clearly supported the conviction.

"It is difficult to conceive of a more heinous, more despicable, more honorless crime," Maranger said. "The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honor ... that has absolutely no place in any civilized society."

In a statement following the verdict, Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson called honor killings a practice that is "barbaric and unacceptable in Canada." MORE HERE:

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