Thursday, February 19, 2009

This Can't Be True

This is a hoax, right? Mencken and the 'Bathtub Hoax', but more mean-spirited, right? From the Lafayette Journal & Courier:
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Police say an upstate New York television executive who sought to improve the image of Muslims in the media beheaded his wife after she filed for divorce.

Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM'-mel HAH'-sahn) is charged with murdering his wife, Aasiya (AH'-see-ya) Hassan. Police say she had an order of protection against her husband and he had been kicked out of the house they shared in Orchard Park, near Buffalo.

They accuse the 44-year-old Hassan of cutting off his wife's head at the TV station where he launched his Bridges TV network in 2004. In an AP interview, he said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

I'd say that if true, his TV work pretty much was in vain.


varangianguard said...

Do as I say, not as I do?

Seems to be a credo for more than just Muslims, though.

Michael said...

Perhaps, but when was the last time you heard of a Catholic or Protestant or Pagan beheading someone? Or murdering their daughter for dishonouring them?

varangianguard said...

Are you limiting your question to just the U.S? Or, can I cite examples from one (or more) of the belief systems you mention from elsewhere.

varangianguard said...

OK, I grant that "beheading" isn't on the preferred choice list of most women killers in the U.S.

Still, it isn't unheard of in more fundamentalist Hindu and Sikh communities, whether here or in South Asia.

And, even though "illegal" since the early 1990s, Catholics in some South American countries still openly commit murder upon their women.