Horror Show Sunday: Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah

When honor becomes more important than life, you’ve got some pretty screwed up priorities.  This tale took place many years ago, but in a story out of Dubai, a family was at the beach when the 20-year old daughter started flailing around in the water, drowning.  Rescuers immediately responded, but the father would not allow them into the water to save his daughter, saying that if strange men touched her, she would be dishonored and he’d rather she died than suffer such an indignity.  The woman did, indeed, drown when she could have easily been saved.

According to Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department, “The father was a tall and strong man. He started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them. He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man.”

The man was arrested by Dubai police and prosecuted but his daughter is still dead when she could have been saved.  Details of the case are sketchy at best but the story could easily be told today.  Religious honor killings, allowing or causing death for family members who bring dishonor to the family or to themselves, are very commonplace.  I’ve told similar tales many times here on the Religious Horror Show and unfortunately, I’ll likely tell many more in the future.

When people take their religious beliefs more seriously than their familial responsibilities, it is the innocent who suffer, and in many cases die and that is an outrage.  No one of any religion ought to be believing this ridiculous nonsense and anyone who causes, directly or indirectly, the serious injury or death of their family members because of religious convictions, those people are not worthy of remaining alive.  It’s a shame that so many of these stories wind up on Horror Show Sunday, but that’s the kind of world we live in.


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