Madam Speaker, murder in the name of religion has struck again. This time it happened in Dallas, Texas.
On New Year's Day law enforcement officials found the bullet-riddled bodies of two teenage sisters, 17-year-old Sarah Said and 18-year-old Amina Said. They were found in the back seat of their father's taxicab.
Now their father, Yaser Said, a Muslim and an Egyptian-born immigrant, is on the run. Authorities believe he murdered the girls after he found out they had American boyfriends.
Family members say the murder was motivated by a Muslim tradition known as "honor killing." According to this tradition, religious extremists justify homicide in the name of religion in order to correct the "shame" that a family member has brought on the family.
Well, in the United States it is absolutely never acceptable, let alone honorable, to murder your own kids. This criminal needs to be tried and sent to prison. We live in a Nation that values life and liberty. And no father has a right to kill his daughters and try to claim the defense, "My religion made me do it."
And that's just the way it is.