I’m not so sure we can lay this particular story entirely at the feet of Islam.
Aqsa Parvez would leave home each morning wearing track pants and a Muslim head scarf. Once the 16-year-old got to school, she would remove the scarf and change into close-fitting jeans.
But, her friends said, her parents got wind of what she was doing. Parvez soon began showing up at school with bruises on her arms.
It was a struggle that may have led to Parvez’ death this week at the hands of her father, who was denied bail Wednesday after being charged with strangling her.
My problem with blaming Islam for this is complicated. I understand that there are cultural issues with Islam, and that when strictly practiced it is difficult to adapt to the Western World. That being said, I feel like this guy would have killed his daughter no matter what religion he was.
Bad parents are bad parents – it usually doesn’t matter to whom they direct their prayers. If some guy thinks his daughter is dressing like a slut and decided that the only way to deal with it is to abuse her, that’s what he’s going to do. “You won’t leave the house dressed like that” is followed by a slap in a lot more places than just Muslim homes.
Of course, I also can’t hold Islam completely blameless either; specifically because of the cultural influences that you see at work here. You cannot import an abusive, repressive culture to the West and expect us to sit idly by as you mutilate, degrade, and otherwise marginalize women. It is simply not acceptable.
Thanks to Tam for the story.