Queensland Islamic Council spokesman Sultan Deen said it was unacceptable to kill someone because they chose to leave their religion.
He said families should use other methods to convince a relative not to abandon their religion, but said killing was never appropriate.
“There are other ways to deal with it, you talk to them and try to work it out but you don't kill them, if they're going to go they are going to go,” he said.
“In no circumstances in Islam are you allowed to take another person's life, no-one can say the Koran tells you to do that.”
Islam expert Kathryn Robinson, from the Australian National University, said most Muslims would be horrified by the death.
“Clearly there is something going on about the type of control that father wanted to have over his family, but you can't blame the religion.”
Really? I'm sure the father who killed his wife in an effort to kill his daughter is familiar with the central tenants and texts of Islam. Otherwise he wouldn't have acted as he did. After "the Qur'an" (only slightly less explicit on death for apostasy) come ahadith and the Sunnah. Those are horribly explicit on the issue.
Woe to him who changes (his religion) after me.
...for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' "
' I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'"
Search "Islam kill religion" for more.
What would we do without "Islamic expert(s)"?
Robert Spencer's Jihad/Dhimmi Watch is always a good resource for the unvarnished truth about Islam if the clear statements of the ayatollahs and imams aren't available due to the mainstream media blackout of their off-camera remarks. Death for apostasy in Islam is not debatable by serious students of Islam.
Pretending something isn't true is not the same thing as dealing with the issue forthrightly. It's possible to mount arguments against the morality and behaviors of the Seventh Century, but only if the so-called experts first admit the problem exists. The Australian National University should ask for its money back.