Muslim expert: 'I hope this barbarian gets the full force of our law'

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 6:45 AM

PHOENIX -- Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and an outspoken advocate of integrating Eastern and Western cultures in the U.S., sat down with Javier Soto to talk about the trial of Faleh Hassan Almaleki, the Iraqi  immigrant accused of killing his daughter because he thought she was too Westernized and had dishonored the family.

Jasser, the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said that while Noor Almaleki might have gone against her families' wishes when she got a job and started dating, that is not a defense for her father's alleged actions.

"I hope he becomes an example that Muslims in this country will not get special treatment, that they get the full force of Western law," Jasser said. "This honor killing is a sign of a deeper issue."

Jasser went on to discuss how honor killings are often treated in other countries.

"We as a Muslim community need to recognize that ... Islamic law is used sometimes to modify or minimize sentences and actually condones and contributes to a culture that in many ways condones this barbaric behavior," he said.

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