honor killing

Honor killing is murder.

You can probably guess why a certain type of murderer would make up a term like “honor killing.” It helps the murderers feel better about killing their spouses or children for “crimes” against the family and keeps other people from asking too many difficult questions. Makes sense, right? Of course they’d call it honor killing.

But why do we call it honor killing?

People who use “honor” to justify murder are telling a story about themselves: They’re not murdering their daughter — they’re defending the good name of their family or community. When we say “honor killing,” we’re repeating that story. Whether we agree with it or not, we are telling it again and again.

Like “freedom,” “honor” can mean just about anything. But “honor killing” always means murder.