Ohio Imposes Sharia on an ex-Muslim Girl – by Jamie Glazov


Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Pamela Geller, founder, editor and publisher of the popular and award-winning weblog AtlasShrugs.com. She has won acclaim for her interviews with internationally renowned figures, including John Bolton, Geert Wilders, Bat Ye’or, Natan Sharansky, and many others, and has broken numerous important stories — notably the questionable sources of some of the financing of the Obama campaign. Her op-eds have been published in The Washington Times, The American Thinker, Israel National News, Frontpage Magazine, World Net Daily, and New Media Journal, among other publications.


FP: Pamela Geller, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.

Tell us about how the The Rifqa Rally went and where the case stands now.

Geller: The Rifqa Rally on November 16 in Columbus, Ohio, was an enormous success. Freedom lovers traveled from far and wide to stand up for Rifqa’s religious freedom and human rights — from Wisconsin, Toronto, California, Dearbornistan (so they said), Michigan, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana and it was good.

Police said about 250 people were there. The Sudanese ex-slave Simon Deng spoke out powerfully about Sharia law, showing how what he suffered under Islamic law (as he was taken into slavery in the Sudan) was the same force that threatens Rifqa’s life and religious freedom in Ohio today. Nonie Darwish, the courageous ex-Muslim and expert on Sharia, spoke about how Islamic law does call for the death of the apostate, and how Ohio authorities should be protecting Rifqa, not throwing her to the Islamic wolves. James Lafferty of the Anti-Sharia Coalition gave the crowd some tips on what we can do to fight for Rifqa and for freedom. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, who helped me organize the Rally, also spoke, along with Rifqa’s friend Jamal Jivanjee, a Christian pastor in Columbus and himself also an ex-Muslim.

The crowd came away energized and excited, determined not to let Sharia prevail in the U.S., and to stand up against the Islamic machine that is compelling Ohio authorities to implement (unwittingly) Sharia laws about isolating the female apostate.

FP: What is happening to Rifqa right now?

Geller: The vise is tightening further on her. The authorities, at the command of the Barys’ lawyer Omar, continue to isolate her. She has been in Ohio for well over a month and still there is no “approved visitation” list. How can this be? How can it be that friends who request a visit, and whom Rifqa requests to visit, are repeatedly told “there is no approved visitation list”? Is it not the very mission by objective of children’s services to protect the health and welfare of a child? Why has Rifqa been denied “pastoral guidance”? Convicts, murderers, rapists, and pedophiles have access to “pastoral guidance”. Is that how powerful and influential Islamic jihad has become in the state of Ohio — that one young girl is starved of spiritual nourishment so as not to insult Islam? Has everyone gone mad?

No phone. No net. No religious succor.

This is why I so fiercely fought her return to Ohio. Columbus is home to one of the largest Somali Muslim populations in the United States, 70,000 and growing. This is the group, Somali Muslims, that has been at the epicenter of myriad busts for jihad in recent weeks (and one coming soon). Is she safe in a devout Muslim community?

The office of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (recipient of boucoup Islamo-bucks) issued a statement back on September 14th, on why Rifqa Bary should be returned to Ohio.

“Child welfare agencies and authorities in Ohio and Franklin County are fully capable of providing for the security and well-being of Ohio’s children,” the statement said. “The governor believes this is a family matter and therefore would most appropriately be handled here in Ohio with the assistance of the child welfare and foster care system.”

“We have no reason to believe that she would be unsafe in Ohio,” his statement said.

FP: It appears that the authorities are actually forcing Rifqa to live under Sharia law right now. Yes?

Geller: Yes. One can see the stark difference in how Florida and Ohio are handling Rifqa. This speaks to my fear of Rifqa’s being returned to Ohio. There is a level of corruption and Islamic influence all the way up to Governor Strickland’s office that is deeply troubling. Strickland is on their payroll. And so now Rifqa Bary’s civil rights are being violated by the state of Ohio. She is being for all intents and purposes held prisoner, deprived of access to a phone, to the Internet, and to public school. And why is all this being done? What crime has she committed? The Ohio authorities may not realize what they are doing, but they are holding Rifqa under house arrest in accord with Sharia law, which stipulates that female apostates are to be imprisoned until they recant. Ohio is effectively practicing Sharia law.

FP: Where are all the feminists in America coming to the defense of this young Muslim girl?

Geller: Where indeed? Whenever feminist groups are asked to comment on an honor killing or gender apartheid, they always defer and suggest that the media speak to the Muslim groups. How courageous. It is despicable that feminist groups and child welfare groups are nowhere to be seen. Feminist groups are either afraid of the Islamic supremacists who are trying to deny Rifqa her religious freedom and human rights, hate Christianity for its position on abortion, or they hate America so much that they will be silent when women are being oppressed by a force that also hates America.

The barbaric oppression of women under Sharia has never mattered to American feminists. Hillary Clinton has never said a word about it. Gloria Steinem hasn’t touched the subject. Code Pink has never come out against the barbarians. But they will go to Israel and protest freely their against the Jewish people right to self defense. Morally ill.

If she was a pregnant girl who had run away from a devout Christian home because she wanted an abortion, she would never be returned to home. The left would make her iconic like Roe in Rove v Wade.

FP: What is the meaning of all these events?

Geller: Everyone is watching to see what happens to Rifqa. She has become a test case for everyone. The Muslims, the Islamic supremacists, want to prove that a young girl cannot break free, cannot break out of their web, even in America. More importantly, it is a case being watched by every subjugated Muslim dying to break free of the shackles of Islam. If Rifqa can do it and is protected, so can they. This is why it is so critical that she be broken by the Islamic machine.

It’s a test case for free people, and for America also. Will American courts knuckle under to Islamic intimidation and implement Sharia provisions for the isolation of female apostates? Will we stand up and defend religious freedom? Do Muslim girls in the same situation as Rifqa have any hope? Rifqa’s case will show the answer.

FP: So what’s coming up and what can we do?

Geller: Well, first Jamie, I’m asking everyone at Frontpage and all of Frontpage readers to please send Rifqa a Christmas card. Let her know you stand with her.  Send it to:

Rifqa Bary
c/o Angela Lloyd
255C Drinko Hall
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

There is a dependency hearing on December 22 in Columbus. I know it’s awfully close to Christmas. I know people will be busy. My kids are in from school too. But we are going to hold another rally.

So join me and other freedom fighters at the Christmas rally for Rifqa the day of her dependency hearing December 22 in Columbus Ohio. Be there. She could be sent back to her devout Muslim home on the 22nd and that extremist Noor Mosque.

How frightening it all must be for her.

FP: Thank you Pamela Geller.


[To get the whole story on why leftist feminists won’t lift a finger to defend Rifqa Bary and why Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland would impose Sharia law on her, read Jamie Glazov’s new book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.]


  • EccoLa100

    Three cheers!

  • EccoLa100

    It's the Umma, darling. These members of the Umma are living in the Dar al Harb, and the theo-legal system of Sharia does not respect national boundaries.

    Must you springboard from innacurate and tendentious sophistry about the US legal system, custody law, etc. to faux naivety regarding the Muslim world?

    Of course, once a pedant, always a pedant….

  • EccoLa100

    If her parents, who appear to have entered this country and stayed illegally, moved to San Francisco they would be protected by the Sanctuary City policies.

    Apropos legal action against the father for allegedly beating his daughter, where is the legal action against Rifqa's parents for their illegal alien status? Deportation of the illegal parents back to their paradise of Dar al Islam would be an elegant solution to this situation.

  • Steve

    I understand that cards and gifts to Rifqa are allowed. Hmmm. That's interesting. I wonder which Ohio official will decide what is and is not appropriate for Rifqa to receive. Can she receive anti-Islamic literature? Most likely not. What about Islamic literature like The Reliance of the Traveller that outlines in very specific terms regarding the death penalty for apostates. That too is probably not allowed since it would undermine the Islamic position that Islam does not kill apostates. Maybe the storming of the Bastille is required. That seems to be the only way to deal with politically-correct idiots in Ohio.

  • aj21

    Valid zipcode is 43210 (not 43201)

    See links below



  • http://jeffjenkinsocala.blogspot.com/ Jeff

    “… the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”
    (Sahih al-Bukhari vol. 9, No. 57 p. 45)

    In Shari’ah law, the penalty for a Muslim who departs from Islam is death.

    'Ikrimah said: 'Ali burned some people who retreated from Islam. When Ibn 'Abbas was informed of it, he said: If it had been I, I would not have them burned, for the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Do not inflict Allah's punishment on anyone, but would have had killed them on account of the statement of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him). The Apostle said: Kill those who change their religion. — Sunan Abu Dawud, Book XXXIII, Kitab al-Hudud

    A book published in the United States, Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, is a translation of 'Umdat al-salik by Ibn Naqib (died 1368 A.D.). This Shari’ah legal manual explicitly presents the punishment for Muslim who leaves Islam. It states that, if a sane person leaves Islam voluntarily, the person is to be killed by the proper Islamic authority. However, if someone kills an apostate on his own, the killer does not face the capital punishment, because he has killed someone who deserves to die. Although this book is published in the United States, it has not been denounced by Muslims. In fact, it is featured by many respected Islamic bookstores without a word warning that it advocates murderous acts contrary to human rights and constitutional law. Many fundamentalist Muslims believe that, even within Western nations, Shari’a law is supreme over all human legal systems.

    o8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to he killed.

    o8.2 In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph (A: or his representative) to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.

    o8.4 There is no indemnity for killing an apostate (O: or any expiation, since it is killing someone who deserves to die).

    o8.5 If he apostatizes from Islam and returns several times, it (O: i.e. his return to Islam, which occurs when he states the two Testifications of Faith (def: o8.7(12))) is accepted from him, though he is disciplined (o17).

    Quotations from: Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller, Amana Publications, Beltsville, MD, 1997 Revised Edition, p. 595-598.)

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  • Abdelhadi

    I like the fact evryone becomes an expert on Islam and have opinions without either reading about the relogion or talking to muslims I guess we are all bad becuase of one case. Please make sure that you separate the relogion form the culture we may all be muslims bud we are from different cultures. I am MUSLIM married toa Christian and we have a daughter I guess I am misstreating my wife …… Is same for someone who is in muslim contry but watch an american tv and see what the molester pastors do to the kids here and assume all pastors are child molestors. Please build peace and harmony not hate and ignorance

  • boocat

    Thank you for this important article. Sharia has no place in America.