Is inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment worse than beheading your estranged wife?
A coalition of eight family and women’s groups are calling on the National Organization for Women to retract comments by its New York president linking the death of Aasiya Z. Hassan to a Muslim “honor killing.”
“We were so shocked by her comments,” said Laura Grube, coordinator for Child & Family Services Haven House, a coalition member.
The comments by Marcia Pappas, NOW’s state president, were insensitive and harmful to domestic violence victims, she said.
But Pappas stood her ground and said that dozens of Muslim women have written to thank her for speaking out.
“There will be no retraction,” she said.
Hassan was found beheaded Feb. 12 in the office of Bridges TV in Orchard Park. Her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, the chief executive officer of the television channel, is charged with her slaying.
In a statement Feb. 16, Pappas criticized the media for paying little attention to the case, which came to light the same day as the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence.
“Why is this horrendous story not all over the news?” Pappas asked in the news release.
“Is a Muslim woman’s life not worth a five-minute report? This was, apparently, a terroristic version of ‘honor killing,’ a murder rooted in cultural notions about women’s subordination to men.”
Linking the death to the couple’s religion “inflamed anti-Muslim sentiment and let the non-Muslim community off the hook for addressing the real issue—ending domestic violence,” the coalition said in a statement.
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