RD Blog: 2.20.09

My latest is up at The Devil’s Advocate: I write on the mischaracterization of Aasiya Hassan’s murder as an ‘honor killing’:

But while Rihanna’s and Laci Peterson’s stories have not been connected to their ethnicities or their religions, Aasiya’s has. News reports dubbing her gruesome murder an “honor killing” are all over the news, and there are many who are quick to blame Islam or Pakistani culture for what her husband has allegedly done, despite the fact that he has not used Islam to justify his deeds, and no Muslim organization, scholar, or imam has condoned her murder.