When he beheaded his wife, he was out of control, says his defense attorney.
You don’t say.

Muzzammil Hassan, along with his wife Aasiya Hassan, founded Bridges TV in 2004 to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims. Then in February 2009, he cut off her head. Now, he’s going with the but-she-called-me-names defense.

His attorney is alleging he was a battered spouse, suffering emotional abuse and feeling there really wasn’t any way out except to savagely kill her. Or something along those lines.

“The spouse was the dominant figure in this relationship,” attorney Frank Bogulski said outside the courtroom. “He was the victim. She was verbally abusive. She had humiliated him.”

Out of curiosity, what goes through a person’s (yes, they’re a defense attorney for a violent killer but we’ll go ahead and call them a “person” for argument’s sake) mind when they stand before a court of law and tell the judge that despite the fact their client killed his wife, you can’t blame him. He was out of control and just not feeling like himself that day. Otherwise, he’s a perfectly congenial fella.

That cleared it right up for the judge.

People get humiliated. It happens to all of us. Yet somehow, with great resolve and restraint beyond all human understanding, a surprising number suffer it without the slightest desire to cut off the offender’s head. Thinking long and hard about this, I’m 100 percent sure…let me recheck my figures…yes, 100 percent sure I’ve never even had the desire to murder someone for humiliating me. Even if they called me…wait for it…names.

District Attorney Frank Sedita had a fantastic response to this news.

“He chopped her head off,” Sedita said. “He chopped her head off. That’s all I have to say about Mr. Hassan’s apparent defense that he was a battered spouse.”

That pretty much sums it up for me.

Liberals will sanitize, emotionalize and then sympathize this trial into complete anonymity. But it comes down to this, the man believed he was in his right. His wife had filed for divorce, this humiliation gave him authority over her right to live.

It’s really that sick. It really is.

And on a side note, even forgetting for a moment this is an acceptable practice within sects of Islam, the idea a person’s emotional status gives them the right to take another life is utter lunacy. When did we ever allow such a defense to enter court?

Instead of explaining away bad behavior, while simultaneously enabling it, why not kick it in the teeth a few times. Believe it or not, realizing you will be punished for a crime has this uncanny way of clearing up all kinds of emotional issues.

For an interesting discussion on Hassan, on extremist Islam, and how the subject of female abuse inside or outside of a religion should not be a partisan issue, here’s a February 2009 Glenn Beck interview with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.