Honour Based Violence (HBV) in a nutshell

IKWRO definition of HBV ‘Honour based violence’ is an organised and collective crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community’. It could include mutilation, imprisonment, forced marriage or honour forced suicide. Who are typically most likely to be a victim of HBV … Read more…

Are you in danger?

Muslims do not have a monopoly on so-called ‘honour’ killings and attacks, but they do appear to carry out the vast majority of honour killings. Islamic teachings do not specifically support honour killings, but in practise Islamic states around the world turn a blind eye to it, largely because women are regarded as a commodity … Read more…

Is HBV an issue in NZ?

The problem of threats, intimidation, physical harm and ‘honour killing’ on religious grounds is a worldwide issue across many religions. In non-Islamic (secular) and multi-cultural countries like New Zealand there is more exposure to other cultures and opportunity for Muslims to stray from the ‘right path’ in one way or another. Many Muslim communities are … Read more…

Keep the Faith?

How do Muslims (or Christians etc) reconcile their faith with the evidence from Science? Muslims also have problems in Western countries reconciling their faith with many of medieval punishments meted out under Islamic (Sharia) law. If you were to ask this question of a Muslim (or anyone with strong faith in any of the major … Read more…

Broaden your horizons

When thinking about their faith, Muslims typically focus their attention exclusively on the events of the last 1400 years (since the prophet Muhammad) and get picky about really trivial details, rather than considering the wider picture. Here is another challenge to Muslims: Consider the vast ages of time prior to Muhammad. The chart below shows … Read more…

Defend the faith (fidei defensor)

Once indoctrination has taken root within an individual, any attempt to expose fallacies, ‘rock the boat’ or even what might start out as a purely rational discussion with that individual about alternative points of view, will typically evoke anger; a subconscious attempt to turn it into an argument and to ‘win’ that argument – at … Read more…

Safety in numbers

1.6 bn People can’t be wrong can they? Islam is the fastest growing religion Muslims love quoting the fact that ‘Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world’ and there are 1.6 billion Muslims and growing. The implications are that … It’s great to be on the winning team; Islam must be ‘right’; Praise … Read more…

Enlightened – now what?

Having realised that Islam is not for you any more, you would be sensible to tread very carefully and possibly fear for your life. NZ Muslims are generally a little more open to differences of opinion than others around the world – but you cant take that for granted, so take care who you say … Read more…

Inspirational Stuff

Below are a selection of quotes and phrases that will hopefully encourage and inspire us to investigate, to consider, to action… Quote Author Notes The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before. … Read more…