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Du'a Khalil | by ILINA S.
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Du'a Khalil

Du’a Khalil Aswad was a beautiful 17 year old girl who lived in Iraq. One day, about a year ago, she was publicly stoned to death. Because she fell in love with a boy from another religion.


Many people participated in the so-called "honor killing", including her own relatives... while police stood in the crowd and watched.


Did that happen on the same Earth I walk on?


I was raised during communism when religion was mocked and frowned upon. Not saying that was right and I don't know if there is God or not, but what I do know is that religion makes people do crazy things around the world, every day.


When does that stop??


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I got a few emails after I posted this and I feel the need to address them here.


I don't imagine everyone should agree with my views on religion. Heck, I don't even have any firm views to begin with.

I never tried to say that religion should stop existing. I think religion is good for most people. Even studies show religious people are happier than atheists.


What I think needs to stop is the need of each religion to make itself right and everybody else wrong. I know that's kind of silly, as it's the core of their differences, but from what I see, that's what makes the most senseless deaths in the world happen.

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Taken on February 19, 2008