Another WNY Tragedy

15 Feb

The founder of Bridges TV – the channel that was founded in WNY to help counter the image of Muslims as violent terrorists – apparently beheaded his wife, Aasiyah Hassan. They were in the midst of divorce and custody proceedings, and the victim had filed for an apparently very needed restraining order.

Hassan wasn’t just murdered, she was beheaded. With that act, her husband didn’t just tragically cut her life short. He also did further damage to the reputation of regular, law-abiding Muslim Americans, providing more fodder for reactionary types who brand Islam as a religion of criminals and terrorists. A double-whammy of senseless tragedy.

8 Responses to “Another WNY Tragedy”

  1. rastamick February 15, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    My thoughts on the subject : glad you made it home safely too btw

  2. Derek J. Punaro February 15, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    If you make it your personal mission to try and show that Islam is a religious of tolerance and love, beheading your wife probably isn’t the way to do it. Just saying.

  3. hank February 16, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Anyone who thinks that every person who practices Islam as a faith is a terrorist is a pea-wit.

    Not all Muslims are terrorists. That’s an irrefutable fact.

    Another irrefutable fact is that tens of thousands of Muslims ARE terrorists. By no means have they cornered the market, but they’re trying awful hard to lay claim to it.

  4. Christopher February 17, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    Nothing like a old fashioned beheading to counter negative portrayals of Muslims.

  5. Ward February 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    I must say, BP, that I have not come to think of beheading as a cross-cultural, ecumenical sort of amusement. At least since the demise of Robespierre’s engine of egalité, the ritual seems mostly to confine itself to practitioners of the “religion of peace.”
    And, as regards institutional abuse of women, don’t take my word for it–a person with unquestioned liberal bona fides, the president of the NYS chapter of NOW, said, “Too many Muslim men are using their religious beliefs to justify violence against women.”
    It is not just Mr. Hassan who is damaging a certain group’s reputation.

  6. Tuco February 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    Fairly certain that so-called honor killings, as this is being called, are pretty much relegated to Muslim culture here in 2009. Hard to sell your religion as peace-loving to non-Muslims when divorce-seeking wives, and daughters who are victims of sexual assault, are murdered for bringing dishonor to the family.

  7. Ward February 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    According to the book Cruel and Usual Punishment, by Egyptian-born American author Nonie Darwish, published last month and cited in the Toronto Star on Feb. 15, under Islamic law (Sharia), crimes such as apostasy (leaving Islam), adultery, theft or drinking alcohol are punishable by beheading, stoning, amputation of limbs or flogging.

    It seems to me that it is not so much the coward Hassan, but Sharia itself–a fundamental tenet of Islam–that is doing “damage to the reputation” of its adherents. I must admit that the adherents, if they renounce Sharia, could be deemed apostate and subject to the punishments cited above. Scary and ironic all at the same time.

  8. USpace February 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    No matter how many beheadings, stonings, or terrorist attacks there are, we must never fear, resist or mock the precious and ever peaceful Islam. Who are we to say that raping 9 year-olds is immoral? Who are we to say that stoning gays and rape victims to death is evil?

    Who are we to say that killing hundreds of people every month in the name of Allah is the height of evil? That is just their culture and ideology and it MUST be respected. Morality is all relative, we must remember that.
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    cut off your wife’s head

    if she dishonors you
    by asking for a divorce

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe wants
    all planets Islamic

    Earth is one of many
    in process of conversion

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe wants
    many Taliban planets

    stonings and beheadings
    billions served daily

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    convert the infidels

    or make them pay a tax
    if they don’t want to die
    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech there can be no real freedom.

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