The Tundra Tabloids friend and colleague, Dr.Andrew Bostom, weighs in with his views and concerns about the handling of the Rifqa Bary case by the US main stream media, over at the American Thinker.
The details that are being fleshed out by Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs are so voluminous, that it’s wise to just send the TT’s readers over to her blog and read it all there. Her work in uncovering the details behind the story are to be congratulated.
Tundra Tabloids good friend and fellow blogger, TINSC, also has a good angle that needs to be fleshed out in order to complete the investigation of the story, that being, the people in Florida involved with offering Rifqa protection. The MSM has pretty much relegated them into the role of “troublemakers”, but in order to stem any more mudslinging in their direction, it would be healthy to find out more about them. Who these people are and what they represent, etc..
But as the TT has stated before, in situations such as this, when claims of violence are being leveled, law officials should ALWAYS side with the person making the complaint until it’s proven otherwise. That said, Pamela has been doing a lioness’s job (which means doing all of the grunt work) in getting this story to the light of day. It would be great if other US bloggers would start helping in the effort and do as thorough of an investigation on the people protecting Rifqa, as Pamela is doing on the situation as a whole.
Read Geller’s latest about the lying Rifqa Bary’s parents, Mohamed and Aysha have been doing in regards to their financial status, claiming themselves to be indigents to secure free legal consul in Florida, though they are indeed wealthy business people in Ohio. It goes a long way in proving the credibility of the parents and the honesty of the MSM in getting to the details behind this story, something of which has been pretty much left to one solitary blogger, Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs. KGS
Rifqa Bary faces death for her apostasy from Islam, while the media ignores the solid religious and institutional grounding for the practice. Today. In America.
Magdi Allam, is an intrepid Egyptian-born writer and vociferous critic of jihadism who was publicly converted to Christianity from Islam by Pope Benedict XVI during an Easter eve service in St Peter’s Basilica broadcast worldwide, Saturday March 22, 2008. Writing at the time of his public apostasy, Allam highlighted the West’s weakness and flaccidity, foremost, its stifling multiculturalism.
Allam decried the multicultural ethos for blandly asserting the “equality” of cultural and religious mores, even abjuring rational criticism of Islamic religious bigotry — such as authoritative Islam’s living, consensus jurisprudence that those who apostasize from Islam must be killed — lest the tender sensibilities of Muslims be offended. He noted how in his adopted homeland of Italy, every Muslim can go to a mosque, but in the Muslim world there is ongoing and long-standing discrimination against religious minorities — notably Christians — entirely ignored by Western multiculturalists, of all ilks. Allam observed, moreover, the perverse phenomenon that in Western countries,
“When a Westerner decides to convert to Islam, that’s fine, but when a Muslim converts to Christianity, it is suddenly the end of the world. Everyone condemns him, as though he has done something of which he should be ashamed.”
“I say that it is time to put an end to the abuse and the violence of Muslims who do not respect the freedom of religious choice. In Italy there are thousands of converts to Islam who live their new faith in peace. But there are also thousands of Muslim converts to Christianity who are forced to hide their faith out of fear of being assassinated by Islamic extremists who lurk among us. If in Italy, in our home, the cradle of Catholicism, we are not prepared to guarantee complete religious freedom to everyone, how can we ever be credible when we denounce the violation of this freedom elsewhere in the world.”
The unassuming and previously unknown Rifqa Bary, has now become, arguably, America’s most conspicuous apostate from Islam to Christianity. Truncated, grossly warped media depictions of her plight demonstrate that the American chattering classes remain stubbornly unwilling to even acknowledge, let alone confront Islam’s malevolent doctrinal intolerance, ignoring Magdi Allam’s plaintive appeal.
Rifqa Bary is a 17 year-old Sri Lankan native who was living in New Albany, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus) until recent dramatic events precipitated her flight to Orlando, Florida. An excellent student and High School cheerleader, Rifqa apostasized from Islam, clandestinely practicing Christianity for some 4-years by her account. Hard evidence, i.e., a FaceBook webpage captured by Pamela Geller — consistently ignored by the media, including Fox News — clearly documents that she was a professing Christian over two years ago, at any rate.
Geller’s singularly tenacious and thorough reporting has provided the chronology and context which elucidates Rifqa Bary’s plight. Rifqa was “exposed” as a Christian apostate from Islam by her father’s Columbus area mosque — the Noor Islamic Center, a hotbed of jihadism and Jew- and other infidel hatred. As Bary’s August 18th legal petition records,
“The child’s parents are devout followers of Islam and members of the extreme Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio. This is where the internationally known Hamas cleric, Salah Sultan, was the resident scholar before being banned from the United States. Salah Sultan is known as a global terrorist who publicly advocates the killing of Americans and Jews. The largest cell of Al Qaeda operatives was operating from the largest mosque in the Columbus area. Columbus is one of the cities under current investigation concerning the U.S. operations of Al-Qaeda. The child is a target for the radical Muslim community of Columbus, Ohio.”
Subjected to paternal abuse (bruises on Rifqa’s limbs classmates allegedly brought to the attention of her High School counselor), Rifqa ultimately felt compelled to flee Ohio in July when her father threatened to murder his “apostate” daughter. She found temporary refuge in Orlando, Florida with Reverend Blake Lorenz, pastor of the Orlando-based Global Revolution Church, whom she had met through an online Facebook group. With Lorenz at her side, Rifqa Bary provided this desperate appeal (captured in full on YouTube) during an ~ 6-minute interview with WFTV:
“If I had stayed in Ohio, I wouldn’t be alive. In 150 generations in family, no one has known Jesus. I am the first — imagine the honor in killing me? There is great honor in that, because if they love Allah more than me, they have to do it. It’s in the Koran. I’m fighting for my life. You guys don’t understand. … I want to worship Jesus freely, that’s what I want. I don’t want to die.”
This past Friday August 21, Orlando Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson’s decision granted her the right to remain protected within Florida’s foster care system until another hearing is held September 3rd.
The mainstream media narrative, in stark contrast to Pamela Geller’s hardboiled (while patent) shoe leather reporting, was apparently developed via inept, lazy and uninformed pseudo-investigation, and imbued with an impenetrable “see no Islam” mentality. Hence the repeated media portrayals of Rifqa Bary as a delusional teenage rebel, “brainwashed” to leave her loving middle-American Muslim home by a Florida-based fringe Christian cult. Although Fox News television has at least reported the story, it has also been a (the?) major purveyor of this warped narrative, and its coverage has been devoid of the critical Islamic context — in legal theory and practice — regarding apostasy.
Fox News legal analysts — with the exception of one who hosted a pellucid ~ 4-minute discussion by security expert Frank Gaffney — have endlessly spoken about “jurisdiction,” Florida versus Ohio, yet they appear incurious about the corpus of germane Islamic jurisprudence — which remains applicable in our era — sanctioning the killing of apostates. Fox News has ignored moving and informed written public appeals in support of Rifqa Bary by two prominent, remarkably courageous Muslim apostate intellectuals who have sought refuge in America, Nonie Darwish, and Wafa Sultan.
Fox News has also failed to provide its vast audience with the insights of the most authoritative contemporary scholar on apostasy in Islam — Ibn Warraq, author of the definitive modern work on the subject, “Leaving Islam.” Mr. Warraq is also a refugee from lethal Islamic intolerance now living in America. All three of these individuals — Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan, and Ibn Warraq — are readily accessible to Fox News, but the media giant has thus far chosen not to interview them and share their views.
Read it all here. KGS