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.]


  • jonnyfromspace

    I'm a university student from Toronto Ontario and I have been following Pamela Gellers blog updates. I watched the footage of the Rally for Rifqa and was deeply touched.
    I will send her a card in the mail .. Like Pamela said in her speech at the rally, Rifqa's case is a test for freedom and the fight against the Islamic machine.

    God Bless you !!
    Pamela and all the front page staff for updating us on her situation.
    I will pray for Rifqa's safety .. this is insane we have to stop the islamic machine from destroying another innocent young woman.

  • Jacques from Québec, Canada

    I, too, will be sending her a Christmas card. You are right, Rifqa is a test case the importance of which for the individual freedoms that are so dear to us and that we ought to extend to every person coming to North America can not be underestimated. Thank you Pamela for your committed involvement in Rifqa's case. I pray that she becomes a beacon for every Muslim who wants to break free of the shackles of the cult called Islam.

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

    Consult : http://xrl.us/bgeewc

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Barnett/640788756 David Barnett

    How can this be?

  • keithrage

    Where are all the voices of moderate muslims displaying some grace and compassion? Or is this another example of the fact that there is in reality none at all. A good tree brings forth good fruits, this is rotten to the core.

  • poptoy1949

    This poor girl does not deserve this. Shame on Ohio's top officials.

  • Debby

    Thank you both so much for keeping this very important story alive. I live in Ohio and it is vitally important to me to be aware of my state's handling of her case. Afterall, our esteemed governor announced that Ohio knows best how to handle its children. Let's see if he is right (ya, right). Please keep us informed on this story in the future!

  • Steve

    Just a slight correction: Rifqa is not a Muslim girl; she is a Christian girl. Even Ex-Muslim would be a better designation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Williams/1130769278 Jeff Williams

    Ohioans please remember – We are electing a new governor in less than a year. Flood Ted Strickland's office in Columbus with phone calls, emails, letters. Then visit the link below to support John Kasich's campaign. There is no better time than now.


  • jdmiles

    I too have been moved by Rifqa's plight and am also concerned about the larger issue of religious freedom. I made the following videos at the first Rally for Rifqa, which should help bring people up to date with her situation.



  • P Williams

    This article has certainly gotten my attention. I had no idea, and neither does the rest of America, apparently. It breaks my heart as much as it frightens and horrifies me.

  • USMCSniper

    SHe will be 18 soon – but until then Rifqa Bary is CAIR's highest value target in America. She should be under 24-hour guard.

  • bbf

    I live in MN. There is a large Somali population here. When I read about young female children undergoing female mutilation, I wrote to the Democratic Reps for my area expressing my concerns and asking what will be done to stop this from happening to the young Muslim girls who reside here in MN. I have NEVER gotten any replies. I wrote and then called…and was referred to one person after another, but none were available, and none returned my calls.

    Long-Term Complications of Female Genital Mutilation:

    * Painful or blocked menses. In 1983, 55.4 percent of women surveyed in Baydhaba, Somalia, reported abnormal menstruation.27
    * Recurrent urinary tract infections. A 1983 study in the Sudan revealed that 16.4 percent of women who had the operation experienced recurrent urinary tract infections.28
    * Abscesses, dermoid cysts, and keloid scars(hardening of the scars).
    * Increased risk of maternal and child morbidity and mortality due to obstructed labor. Women who have undergone FGM are twice as likely to die during childbirth and are more likely to give birth to a stillborn child than other women.29 Obstructed labor can also cause brain damage to the infant and complications for the mother (including fistula formation, an abnormal opening between the vagina and the bladder or the vagina and the rectum, which can lead to incontinence).30 Among 33 infibulated mothers followed at Somalia's Benadir Hospital in 1988, all required extensive episiotomies during childbirth. Their second-stage labor was 5 times longer than normal, 5 of their babies died, and 21 suffered oxygen deprivation because of the long, obstructed labor.31
    * Infertility. In the Sudan, 20-25 percent of female infertility has been linked to FGM complications.32
    * Some researchers describe the psychological effects of FGM as ranging from anxiety to severe depression and psychosomatic illnesses.33 Many children exhibit behavioral changes after FGM, but problems may not be evident until the child reaches adulthood.34 However, little research has been done on this subject.
    * FGM is likely to increase the risk of HIV infection – often the same unsterilized instrument is used on several girls at a time, increasing the chance of spreading HIV or another communicable disease.35

  • josephwiess

    This is America, the land of the free, the home of the brave. Why for God's sake is a christian girl being held prisoner by Muslim nuts? Why is the Governor of Ohio denying this girl her first amendment rights, and keeping her a prisoner?

    She did not do anything wrong, it's her parent's that threatened to kill her, it's the muslim nutjobs that threatened to stone her.

    So wake up and smell the coffee and tell the islamofacists that America will not fall under Sharia Law.

  • Mike

    If only the Christians and Jews would unite on this topic but many Christians are too busy watching movies sports, playing church, or whatever to really care. Groups like CAIR have the Arab oil money but we have the numbers, if only more Christians or Jews cared. I send out links on her all the time to my Christian friends but I am afraid half of them either ignore it or put it off till it is too late. I am thankful to Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, Ibn Warraq and others who have kept us informed. If you are a person of Christian or Jewish faith and keeping procrastinating then shame on you. Get with it! The long term impact of this case is greater than most realize. I am also thankful for the Christians and Jewish people who do care!! I am niether but I do care so if a pagan like me cares how much more should people of faith care?????

  • Mel

    What is needed in America is an underground railroad for those who seek freedom from religious persecution.

  • maunalio

    The link went no where on my computer. I live in Hawaii, I am watching the Rifqa Bary inquisition. I would like to contact or at least read the letter from the WWll Vet.
    Could you send me another way to link to it?
    Send to Maunalio@aol.com.

  • LindaRivera

    Ohio Authorities are acting as if America is a MUSLIM NATION where non-Muslims have no rights!

    Terrified 17-year-old Rifqa must NEVER be returned to her parents in Ohio! Never sent back to Sri Lanka! The punishment for leaving Islam is death!

    The Dec. 22nd hearing for charges filed against Rifqa by her parents are for being “unruly” and ungovernable”. In the Islamic state of Ohio it is NOT allowed to leave Islam!

    Ohio state has filed no charges against Rifqa's father for his beatings of Rifqa. Has the law been eliminated against parents beating their children, or has the law been re-written by pro-Islam Ohio that the law applies to everyone except Muslims?

    Why are Ohio authorities acting as if America is a Muslim country??? What are the implications for the rest of America???

    Rifqa Bary: Sharia in America

    British police and the organizations in Britain who help victims such as Rifqa, would be shocked and horrified at American authorities' cruel treatment of Rifqa.

    Ending the silence on 'honour killing'
    I wish I could get involved with the support groups and help but you know, I'm just a coward.”

    Having first walked out of an abusive marriage at the age of 17 and then from a hostile family who had had a meeting to discuss whether or not she should die, Zena does not lack courage but she is still very scared.
    She has every reason to be. Her Bangladeshi-born mother had suggested that Zena might be allowed to poison herself rather than be murdered for bringing shame on the family.

    “I'm sorry to be so cloak-and-dagger but you never know what they might be capable of, I know there are plenty of young men who would love to play bounty hunter just for a bit of kudos in the community.”

    Police estimate at least 12 are dying each year in the UK but others will be hidden – forced suicides and murders made to look like suicide are widely believed to take place undetected. Women aged 16-24 from Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds are three times more likely to kill themselves than the national average for that age and it is impossible to tell what pressures some must have been under.

    When it opened its helpline in April 2008, Karma Nirvana received 4,000 calls in the first year and is now taking 300 calls a month from people under threat of honour-based violence, often linked to forced marriage.

    After the government's forced marriage unit was set up in April last year, it received 5,000 calls and rescued 400 victims in the first six months.

    They also face being hunted down, said Detective Chief Inspector Gerry Campbell of the Metropolitan police. “It's not uncommon to have bounty hunters out hunting down young people who have left forced marriages or fled from a family where they are at risk. It's rare for [one person] to take unilateral action, it's all done in consultation and there is logistical support and collusion in the extended community,” he said.

    …Banaz Mahmod, who made contact with police five times to say she thought her life was in danger but always drew back from pressing charges. Banaz, 19, a Kurd, was murdered by family members at her home in Mitcham, Surrey, in 2006.

    She had been raped and beaten by the older man she had been forced to marry, and had left him. Her elder sister, Bekhal, had also left home to escape their father's violence and the extended family was beginning to regard Mahmod Mahmod as a man who had lost control of his daughters. The shame became so unbearable that he held a meeting to discuss killing his daughter and her new boyfriend.

    “I'm confident that no victim will ever be turned away in London and that officers know that to do nothing is not an option.

    “Honour is about a collection of practices used by the family to control behaviour, to prevent perceived shame, but there's no honour in murder, rape, or kidnapping and with 25% of the [cases] we are seeing involving a person under 18: this is a child abuse issue too. The simple message is: If you do this you will be caught and brought to justice.

    The behaviour of women seen to have dishonoured their families can be as harmless as wearing make-up or talking to boys. One suspected murder is believed to have been caused by a girl having a love song dedicated to her on a community radio show.

    Diana Nammi, who runs the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation in London: For someone to be killed for their make-up or clothes or having a boyfriend or for refusing to accept a forced marriage is so brutal and unacceptable.

    In Pakistan the practice of honour killing – called karo-kari – sees more than 10,000 women die each year.

    For Zena, she has her life but does not have her freedom. “When I first ran away I would go to the library and read loads of spy books to pick up tips. You have to teach yourself how to best keep hidden,” she said. “My life is about keeping a very low profile now and about looking over my shoulder, but at least I know I am alive and I grieve for those poor girls who are not.”

  • Carterthewriter

    The separation between religion and the state does not seem to apply to the Muslims. Their militant behavior has put the fear of God in our representives, but not so, those of us who can see the light.

  • babsst

    Just curious but had Rifqa come out and said she was an atheist….would she had gone back to Ohio? Just wondering out loud.

  • Steve

    Jamie…that's my man! Rifqa Bary is indeed an ex-Muslim. Thanks for changing the title. Now to some additional comments from me. The non-Islamic world within the borders of the US and Canada will have to unite as one against the Muslim Mafia. Otherwise, we are sunk. What is discouraging is that the Muslims are having the job of Islamizing us done by the ignorant, impotent kuffars. Think of our democratic nations as a barnryard of animals — horses, pigs, sheep, goats, baby chicks, and bunny rabbits. What has happened is that this barnyard has accepted crocodiles, Anacondas, cobras, and cockroaches into its midst. Now think! Can a sheep negotiate with a python on equal terms? Can a rabbit say to the crocodile “to you your religion and to me my religion”? That's the sad analogy, folks! Does it offend some? Sure! But it is the truth, like it or not.

  • Ohioan

    See–the problem is, Geller will not be satisfied with anything short of sending Rifqa back to her fundamentalist pals down in Florida. Jamal Jivanjee is preaching that the state of Ohio is a geographic den of evil. In fact, a part of guarding Rifqa's safety includes monitoring her phone and internet usage and keeping her away from public events such as the Rally.

    Rifqa has a far higher symbolic value to the anti-Muslims in America–who have been the ones seeking all of the publicity, than any that I see to CAIR, although they certainly have a stake in countering the all Muslims are evil child-killers mythology.

  • wingsnut95

    If it even comes close being critical or “insulting” Islam, you will be on the losing end. The politically correctness that we all have to suffer through, even in our dailly lives, is choking out the American identity and the freedoms we should be able to enjoy. Until someone ACTUALLY stands up for our rights and beliefs, this will continue until one day, they will no longer be there.

  • tom

    Damn. Up is down. Left is right and Freedom is Slavery… There must be a lot of people getting paid off for something this atrocious to exist in America today. Nothing needs to be said with regard to the post as Ms. Geller has nailed all the objective moral wrongs that need to be corrected so that this poor girl can go free.
    I wonder what the sleeping masses would do if one of there own children were in a similar position as Rifqa.
    Are we so disaffected as a people that the only way awareness can be manifested is for the travesty of Elian Gonzales to be played over and over again in the public eye?
    Do we really want to live under the rule of Sharia or the omnipotent state? Do we have to have our children wrenched from our arms at the point of a gun to realize that something is wrong?
    Do we have to wait for some Sharia infused idiot starts beheading people in Time Square before we bury the diversity crap and objectively look at the death and misery that Islam has laid at the feet of our country.

  • Mike

    just do what I did – email the governor of Ohio and tell him in a polite manner how you feel. Maybe this case will bring out his corruption. Also contact child protective services in Ohio. I wonder if any legal actions is being taken against the Ohio CPS?

  • Ohioan

    I believe you have it backwards. Elian Gonzales was returned to the arms of his father–not removed from them at the point of a gun. At issue now is whether Rifqa can safely be returned to the arms of her family. Of course, as an older child and one who has now demonstrated a willingness to disregard the custody of her parents, the safety issue becomes more complicated.

    You cannot play it both ways. You cannot charge the state on the one hand with inappropriate interference with the custody of your own children and on the other hand complain that it is not doing so when it's somebody else's child.

  • trodaball

    Robert Bernier- I just received that older veteran's letter to the fraud in the White House. That was awesome and much needed. He hammered him !

  • janinec

    We have become so backwards that we have allowed the imprisonment of innocent females simply because the left does not want to “offend”. This is pure evil. If I were her, I would run away again and next time I wouldn't tell anyone who I was or where I was from.

  • richwill

    The America that I grew up in has been destroyed in the last fifty years. It as been a slow and inexorable destruction of Christian beliefs and the constitution. It is time we had a violent revolution in this country. This is the type of revolution the communists and islamists understand. I refuse to capitalize islam or islamist.

  • Johnnyrat

    The article states there are 70,000 Somali Muslims in Columbus/Franklin County. I bet this number is low by about 3,000-5,000. On the north side of Columbus, literally every other car you see is being driven by a woman in a burka. Morse Road is full of Somali shops. The Franklin County office of Jobs & Family Services are filled with Somali Muslims. It is disgraceful that Ohio has yielded to this mass takeover of our capitol city. There is no doubt in my mind that this young lady will face harsh punishment from the Somali Muslim community, be it from her father or some other Somali Muslim male coward. If Ted Strickland had any backbone, he would step in and take care of this mess.

  • AnnieG

    Rifqa is 17 years old. When will she be 18 and an adult to make her own choices ?
    Why can't she be in foster care until her birthday ?

    Wasn't this girl from a Muslim home a cheerleader ? That seems contradictory.

  • AnnieG

    Rifqa is 17 years old. When will she be 18 and an adult to make her own choices ?
    Why can't she be in foster care until her birthday ?

    Wasn't this girl from a Muslim home a cheerleader ? That seems contradictory.

  • angel

    THis just makes me ill. Where are the feminists? Indeed. Where?

  • Steve

    Someone has suggested an Underground Railway to rescue Muslims who want to leave and escape from their religion. What a capital idea! It just may come to that as I see no political will on the part of many politicians to confront Islam and Islamization for what it really is.

    A brief comment about Rifqa Bary. Wouldn't it be a truly amazing accomplishment if a “Mission Impossible” type of rescue could be pulled off in order to free her from where she is in Ohio? Any willing commandos out there with smarts and courage?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Marshall/1238382462 Melissa Marshall

    If we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ stand up and pray to the God of this universe…Jesus states in His word “the fervent effectual righteous prayer of a man or woman availeth much”
    Ultimately the decision is always God's but prayer is a big factor in changing outcomes..
    Rifqa would gladly give her life to Jesus to be in His presence but she wants to live to tell other teenagers her story and be able to lead them to a life of victory which she found only through Jesus Christ as her Lord,Savior, and Master…

  • idviking

    The mother of the Gonzales boy died trying to leave a place that promised a bleak future for her son. He was forcibly extracted from the residence of his guardians at the point of a gun by a SWAT team. In Rifqa's case the state is forcing her to abide in a residence where Sharia law dictates her apostasy be punished by death. In both instances the state bowed to external political pressure and used a measure of force to endanger the child. Of course you can argue that Elian is a celebrity now in Cuba and that his life is charmed. However, I imagine that his lack of value to that Marxist regime is what led to his mother risking her life to leave. In Rifqa's case, the diversity before common sense crowd seem to have to no problem staking this poor girl out for the wolves(Sharia) in spite of the obvious threats to her life to prove(finally) that Islam is a religion of peace. Despite all current evidence to the contrary.
    I would submit that a death threat from her parents is a fair reason for the state to protect her.
    If this were any Christian religion the PC morons would have that kid out of there so fast her head would swim.

  • elizabethwerner

    I agree with Mel…”What is needed in America is an underground railroad for those who seek freedom from religious persecution” (This is a great idea)

    Sending a card to Rifqa is very important so that she knows she has a lot of support, and

    Pray for Rifqa…

    Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

  • Goetz

    How, for Pete's sake, did such an epicenter of foreigners appear in the middle of the Midwest! Who let them in?

  • Ohioan

    See–in the US we resolve custody issues legally. We don't grant children to anyone who swoops them up and claims a right to them. The preference in the law is for children to be in the care of their parents unless there is some overriding evidence of abuse or neglect. Living in another country with whom we have profound ideological and poltical disagreements is not evidence of abuse or neglect. Neither does a belief in Islam substantiate a threat of death to a convert.

    In this country, belief in and the practice of the religious tenets of Islam are not illegal–regardless of what some would like to see happen. We are not free to rewrite custody laws when we don't care for the parents or their beliefs. Despite this, the court in Ohio HAS NOT (repeat HAS NOT) ordered Rifqa back to her family's home–as might be expected, given the lack of evidence of any credible threat from her family. FCCS has demonstrated extreme sensitivity to the reality of this case which is that, whether fact-based or not, whether rational or not, Rifqa has repeatedly articulated a fear for her life–and demonstrated an extreme facility in getting far away and hiding. If returned to her family, there is always the danger that she will do so again–and likely be hidden so deeply that she cannot be found. While many would cheer–this is an extremely risky proposition for a seventeen year old with a year and half of high school yet to complete. Recall that the only law-breakers in this case have been on the side claiming to offer protection. They were the first to put together a legal team, and they have been the ones garnering all the publicity.

  • Ohioan

    I'm sorry, and why do you suspect that the Muslim community would be involved? The Barys are from Sri Lanka.

  • Ohioan

    And you wonder why her internet and phone use are being monitored by her foster family?

  • morrisminor

    Geller has little credibility herself. Like all right wingers she turns everything into some childish talk radio rant against the liberals while omitting inconvenient facts. She is just another Long Island egomaniacal JAP who kisses up to Xtian theocons, unlike her Rand model.

  • Hymie

    Shoulda bombed em into the stone age in 79, Jimmuh!

  • robert a

    to morrisminor

    I tried analyzing your comment. I couldn't finish. It wasn't worth the effort. As far as I went, your thinking and writing ,under examination, turns into meaningless gibberish.You impress me as a Muslin-lover propagandist.

  • 301

    I bet if this girl had joined the Gay and Lesbian Club she would now be in San Francisco with Kevin Jennings protecting her right to choose.

  • odl003

    Ohio state has filed no charges against Rifqa's father for his beatings of Rifqa. Has the law been eliminated against parents beating their children, or has the law been re-written by pro-Islam Ohio that the law applies to everyone except Muslims?


  • oldwhiteguy

    islam will not be defeated by by words. never has never will. unless the people of the u.s. stand up and physically push islam you will lose.

  • TheRawDeal

    While there are several reasons as to why Sharia Law cannot coexist with Constitutional Law, I will choose just one; 'freedom if religion' does not provide protections for murder, abuse, and terror. If practicing Sharia Law includes killing/harming in any way, non-believers, than it cannot be freely practices in the United States.


    Freedom of religion in the United States can never include the 'full' practice of Sharia Law. Why? Because Sharia Law includes provisions that break our Constitutional Law. Further, there is no separation between church and state in reference to Islam and Sharia Law. Hence, Sharia Law and Islam are both cultural elements with no clear division.

    Nathan R. Jessup

  • EccoLa100

    I didn't realize Female Genital Mutliation was becoming common in the U.S. I had always assumed that if they tried to do that here, the parents would be imprisoned. How is it possible these parents and their mutilation partners are not being sent to prisons for practicing physical mutilations on innocent girls on U.S. soil? This is unbelievable!

  • EccoLa100

    Yeah, and Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King practiced civil disobedience too — after having repeatedly articulated a fear for their people's human rights, whether fact-based or not, whether rational or not….. For my money, I'll side with Rifqa, Gandhi and Martin Luther King — all of whom fought the pedants and the legalists in the name of human rights. Two of the three were murdered for their battles. We are trying to save the third one.

    Ohioan: what an unimaginative, pedantic drone you are. No wonder Ohio's legal system is so behind the times. And who are you to imply that Rifqa's fears are irrational? Rare indeed is the “honour”-killing family that telegraphs their intentions in the public arena prior to committing murder. The Muslim father who recently ran down and murdered his 20 year old daughter in Arizona for becoming “too Westernized” was sane enough to fly to England by way of Mexico to try to avoid being brought to justice. It's easy for you to sit back and play fast and loose with someone else's life. I'm so glad you don't actually practice in the legal system (yes, it's that obvious….)

  • 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

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  • 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

  • xxxCharlieDaUnicornxxxx

    I know a lot of ex-islamic people in Ohio. Wtf, who the hell cares about what religion you join? So is this writer making it look a big deal. Why is there a Sharia Law in USA? Wtf

  • boocat

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