Facebook kills!

If you’re like me, you use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and find people you haven’t talked to in years. But in restrictive, religious countries, the site has a reputation for being a ‘lustful hotbed of activity’. That’s why a young Saudi Arabian woman was murdered by her father, who caught her having a conversation with an unknown man. He beat and then shot his own daughter, presumably an honor killing, simply for having innocent conversations over the Internet.

Firstly, I’m not sure about you, but I’ve never had a ‘hot and lustful’ conversation on Facebook, much to my dismay. I normally just wish people a happy birthday, and occasionally try and organize a house party. The clerics who claim that Facebook is a place of debauchery have more than likely never visited it.

Secondly, even if it was a place where young people were sharing naughty messages, what is the harm in that? Sexy notes shared between two forbidden lovers makes for great story telling. We can all identify with a love that was never meant to be, and sometimes, fantasizing about what could be is the only thing that makes our dreary lives bearable.

I’m always personally outraged every time an ignorant and highly religious man kills his own flesh and blood for some mistaken ideal. Although I have no children of my own, it blows me away that a person’s own protective instincts towards his children could so easily be ignored over the delusion an invisible cloud deity would seriously care that one’s daughter is on Facebook.

There is something terribly wrong with a religion that places outdated and dangerous concepts, such as ‘family honor’ over the lives of others. My disappointment is always furthered by the non existent protestations of moderate Muslims, who seem to regard such matters as being private, rather than symptomatic of the deeply violent nature of their faith.

Comments (12)

  • avatar

    joe Botelho

    Jacob as usal i totally agree with you. i cant see anything you say being contested let alone aruged about. one last thing PUT OUT MORE EPISODES you lazy shit.

    love joe

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    Sebastien Baillargeon

    Double that.
    Clear and limpid information that’s enjoyable to read, I may spend more time reading your blog, man.

    Great meeting you yesterday,
    keep in touch

    Seb

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    Thanks Seb. It was great to hang out. We should definitely do it again real soon. Be sure to listen to the radio show. That’s the real gem of the site.

  • avatar

    joe botelho

    “We should definitely do it again real soon.” should you rename the site as the GAY atheist?

    im not a homophobe i ‘ve had sex with lesbians.

    bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Accomando

    “…He beat and then shot his own daughter, presumably an honor killing…”

    Where’s the honor in killing your own daughter?

    Sad to say, but at least she wasn’t stoned to death; and as sick as that sounds, it was probably less painfull for this poor woman. Keep in mind, in Saudi Arabia, this story is just the tip of the iceberg of “honor killings”.

    “…it blows me away that a person’s own protective instincts towards his children could so easily be ignored over the delusion that an invisible cloud deity would seriously care that one’s daughter is on Facebook…”

    No shit, totally uncomprehensible.

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    Accomando

    And incomprehensible too. (oops)

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    Aaron

    An honor killing is when you kill someone to protect the honor of yourself or your family, and having a “lustful” conversation over Facebook is perceived as dishonorable to this man and his family, so to protect his honor….

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    Aaron

    P.S. put out more podcasts!!!

  • avatar

    C.S

    Two dishonorables don’t make an honorable, to turn a phrase.

    At least he didn’t find her Stickam account. Imagine that shitstorm …

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    Swedish guy

    This shit is why I am an evil atheist instead of a good one. This seriously gets me mad as hell.

  • avatar

    Norm

    Lot’s of great points. Now what is the prescription?

    How do we wash the world of ignorance? We need a new enlightenment!!! How do we start one?

  • avatar

    susanna

    enjoyed your article, you are good with words.
    norm: the way forward is quantum physics!!heehee

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