as less than a man." Therefore, it is no surprise that the Jordanian penal code is quite lenient towards honor killers.
While honor killing may be a custom that originated in the pagan, pre-Islamic past, contemporary Islamist interpretations of religious law prevail.
Police, politicians, and feminist activists in Europe and in some Muslim countries are beginning to treat them as a serious social problem. Willingness to address the problem of honor killing, however, does not extend to many Muslim advocacy groups in North America. S.-based advocacy groups are ironic given the debate in the Middle East.
While the religious establishment in Jordan, for example, says that honor killing is a relic of pre-Islamic Arab culture, Muslim Brotherhood groups in Jordan have publicly disagreed to argue the Islamic religious imperative to protect honor. Yotam Feldner, a researcher at the Middle East Media Research Institute, quotes a psychiatrist in Gaza who describes the honor killing culture as one in which a man who refrains from "washing shame with blood" is a "coward who is not worthy of living ...
Or that perceived behind-the-scenes trouble is the excuse used and he or she is actually The Scapegoat for a more complicated problem.See also Undermined by Reality, Actor Existence Limbo, Contractual Purity, and Creator Killer.