The study by researchers from the university’s Institute of Criminology found that almost half of boys and one in five girls interviewed in the capital, Amman, believe that killing a daughter, sister or wife who has “dishonored” or shamed the family, is justified.
“Importantly, the study found that these disturbing attitudes were not connected to religious beliefs.”
So-called “honor” murders claim between 15 and 20 women’s lives, on average, every year in the Arab kingdom.
“We noted substantial minorities of girls, well-educated and even irreligious teenagers who consider honor killing morally right, suggesting a persisting society-wide support for the tradition,” said Professor Manuel Eisner, who led the study with graduate student Lana Ghuneim.
In all, 33.4 percent of all respondents either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” with situations depicting honor killings.
Murder is punishable by death in Jordan, but in “honor killings,” courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim’s family asks for leniency.
-www.aljazeera.com, 20 June 2013
Jordan is considered a modern and Western friendly country. The nation is governed by a constitutional monarchy. The League of Nations awarded Britain the mandate to govern much of the Middle East, and all of the territory named Palestine. Jordan gained independence in 1946. About 92% of the population is Muslim, with approximately 6% Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic. The CIA World Factbook lists Jordan with an impressive life expectancy of 80.3. The GDP per capita is 6,100. Thus, the question: why “honor killings?” The study indicates these “legalized murders” are not exclusively religiously motivated. The major reason cited by Professor Manuel Eisner is tradition. However, tradition must have a source. There is a volume of information on the internet about this subject, and the majority seems to indicate that honor killing is religiously motivated.
Since Islam is a relatively new religion compared with Christianity/Judaism, it stands to reason that the fundamental structure of the Koran has been copied from the Jewish Bible. Reading for example Leviticus 20, we find a number of socially unacceptable behaviors carrying the death penalty. For example, verse 10 says, “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
What does the New Testament say? The Pharisees challenged Jesus regarding the Law of Moses in case of adultery. Jesus answered, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). Each and every one of the accusers was convicted of his own guilt and left. Finally Jesus asked the woman, “hath no man condemned thee?” To which she answered, “No man, Lord.” And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Jesus did not condone adultery, but He exposed the origin of sin where it all begins—in the heart. Speaking about the Law in Matthew 5, Jesus makes this statement, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).
For more on this subject, read The Seven Dispensations in the Bible, Item 1069.)