Okay, when I first read the title, the first thing I thought was "Well, maybe Texas can show people what they do with honor killers."
Then, I read the article.
Look at the first paragraph.
Not that this is an excuse at all, but is it possible that he was a depressed guy who killed his family and then himself? Non-Muslim Americans do this.GRAPEVINE — Aziz Yazdanpanah seemed to be losing control of his life in recent months — his wife left him, his house was in foreclosure, and his 19-year-old daughter was dating a young man he didn’t like.
Children dead. A boyfriend injured. No Islam.
It's really heart breaking. I think that by making this all about Islam, you're ignoring the very real problem of people who obviously have some mental issues and not being stopped in time, not being helped, etc. Maybe if this man could have gotten some help, he wouldn't have killed his family.
Now, I remember once hearing about an honor killing in which the parents planned the murder of their daughter, a stabbing murder. No mass murder, just one victim. That sounds more like honor killing to me.
I've had Greek/american friends with overprotective fathers, and dutch-american friends who were only allowed to date other members of one of the dutch reformed denominations. I doubt any of those fathers were willing to kill to enforce their rules.
In this case, you are probably right to point out that insanity is the primary factor motivating his actions, but the theme of his insanity is his view of Islam and what he believes is his role as a proper, muslim father.
I'm curious as to why his wife and he were divorced. I always wonder in these cases if the thing that pushes the father over the edge is actually jealousy-that he has an inappropriate emotional attachment to the daughter that may or may not have crossed the line into actual incest.
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