Sunday, May 15, 2005

This is absolutely nauseating:

The shots came from nowhere and within minutes the young Turkish mother standing at the Berlin bus stop was dead. A telephone call from a relative had brought her to this cold, unforgiving place. She thought she would only be gone for a few minutes and wore a light jacket in the freezing February wind. She had left her five-year-old son asleep in his bed. He awoke looking for his mother, who, like many Turkish women in Germany, harbored a secret life of fear, courage and, ultimately, grief. Now her little boy has his own tragedy to bear: His mother, Hatin Surucu, was not the victim of random violence, but likely died at the hands of her own family in what is known as an "honor killing."

A Muslim woman, killed for abandoning the fundamentalist version of Muslim life. And the worst thing is, this is not an isolated case: this may actually be a trend in Europe.

I believe that religious fundamentalism -- no matter which set of Scriptures is at its heart -- may be the ugliest aspect of human activity today.

(via Rox Populi)

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