Rally for Rifqa – by Jamie Glazov

Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. His new book is High Noon For America. He is the host of Frontpage’s television show, The Glazov Gang, and he can be reached at jamieglazov11@gmail.com. Visit his site at JamieGlazov.com.


Rifqa

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.

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FP: Pamela Geller, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.

You are organizing a rally for Rifqa Barry. Tell us about it.

Geller: Rifqa, the girl who converted from Islam to Christianity and fled to Florida after saying that her father threatened her life, could now be returned to her devout Muslim family. Last Tuesday, Oct. 27, she was returned to Ohio and placed in foster care in Franklin County.

Eric Fenner, the executive director of Franklin County Children Services, said that he has “no reason to believe Rifqa wouldn’t be safe with her parents” — with the father who according to Rifqa said, “If you have this Jesus in your heart, you’re dead to me. You’re not my daughter . . . I will kill you.”

I am organizing a “Rally for Rifqa” in co-operation with Robert Spencer, bestselling author and director of Jihadwatch, and Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Islamic Jihad. It will be held on November 16th, the day of Rifqa’s dependency hearing in support of the reinstatement of her rights and freedom of religion.

FP: This is, of course, about Rifqa. But it is also about much more right?

Geller: Yes Jamie. It’s not just Rifqa’s battle. She is our proxy in the battle for freedom of religion and individual rights. Rifqa Bary’s case is the landmark case in the civil rights battle of this new century.

FP: So who are some freedom fighters that will be at the rally?

Geller: Some of the warriors who are coming to our rally are:

Simon Deng, an ex-slave from Sudan;

Nonie Darwish, Executive Director of Former Muslims United;

James Lafferty, chairman of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force;

Joyce Kaufman, Talk Show Radio Host;

Jamal Jivanjee, apostate, Pastor and Rifqa’s friend;

Honor killing victims’ family members who live under the threat of death.

Wafa Sutlan will make a statement, and many others will join us as well.

FP: How is Rifqa doing?

Gller: Rifqa Bary’s civil rights are being violated. She is being held prisoner: no phone, no internet, no public school. Why? What is her crime? She is being held 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.

Where are Rifqa’s civil rights? Where is her freedom of religion? Barack Obama said in Cairo in June 2009 that he would fight for the right of Muslim women in the U.S. to wear the hijab. Why isn’t Obama fighting for their right NOT to wear the hijab? Why isn’t he taking a stand for Rifqa’s right not to be a Muslim at all?

Jim Zorn, a children’s services attorney, is the one who asked Franklin County Juvenile Magistrate Mary Goodrich to forbid Rifqa from using the Internet and her cell phone.

Zorn explained: “What we want to restrict is the other people, the other organizations, the other forces, that have interjected themselves into this case inappropriately, and have caused the additional problems that we’ve seen.”

Her father may have threatened to kill her, and Zorn and Goodrich are keeping her away from the people who saved her and took her in.

The isolation of Rifqa is an egregious crime. How will we know if she is not being psychologically or physically abused? How will we know if she is all right?

Rifqa Bary should be posting to a Facebook page every day. The Ohio authorities and the Islamic supremacists who are pulling their strings are not protecting this girl, but rather are endangering her life.

They said that she is under no threat, but then they would not release details about her trip back to Ohio “for safety reasons.” Underneath it all, they have to know that Rifqa is in danger. But they don’t seem to care.

Even worse, Rifqa was returned to Ohio after Rifqa’s parents reneged on a deal and double-crossed Rifqa’s former Florida guardian ad litem, Krista Bartholomew.

After repeatedly being asked to produce their immigration documents and repeatedly failing to do so, and after I proved their illegal status and perjury on immigration forms at my Web site AtlasShrugs.com, Rifqa Bary’s parents risked being held in contempt of court.

So Rifqa’s father’s attorney, David Colley, made a deal with Bartholomew: The contempt of court charge would be dropped, and in exchange, Rifqa would be allowed to stay in foster care until she turned 18 — in other words, until she could be free of her parents.

Rifqa’s friend and fellow Muslim apostate Jamal Jivanjee explained what happened next: “This sounded like it was too good to be true, and it was! As soon as Rifqa was transferred into Ohio custody and the Florida court gave up their emergency jurisdiction over Rifqa and the immigration issue, Rifqa’s parents fired their own attorney that made the deal!” Now all deals are off, and Rifqa could be returned home very soon. “Let this be a lesson,” Jivajee said, “about Mohamed Bary’s real intentions.”

Rifqa’s parents lied to the court in Florida to get Rifqa back into their clutches. They never produced the immigration documents.

They should be on their way back to Sri Lanka and Rifqa should be applying for apostasy asylum. To send her back to Sri Lanka would be a death sentence.

And the rights violations don’t stop there. Rifqa is up against a large array of legal talent: her parents have changed lawyers as frequently as toddlers change diapers. Rifqa was given a new attorney in Ohio. Who chose him is unclear. His qualifications to defend Rifqa are unclear.

Is he well-versed in Shariah and apostasy? Who is choosing her lawyer? Does she have a say? Why can’t she choose her own attorney?

It’s criminal that Rifqa does not pick her own attorney. It’s criminal that the same statists who are enforcing Shariah, the same statists who will send Christian convert Rifqa Bary back to a fundamentalist Islamic home, the same statists who are putting her life in jeopardy, are the same statists who are picking her lawyer.

This is like a Third World country.

Rifqa Bary is getting railroaded.

FP: So where is this rally that people can come and take a stand for Rifqa and for all these issues involved?

Geller: Please join Atlas Shrugs, Jihad Watch and Dr. Bostom at the rally for Rifqa’s civil rights on the day of her next hearing, November 16. It will be at:

Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Juvenile Court
4th floor
373 S. High street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Time to be determined

Phone: 614.462.4411, Franklin County Juvenile Court clerk

There will be speakers, fellow apostates from Islam, international lawyers fighting blasphemy laws and defending freedom of speech in the age of jihad.

I am imploring all people who can make it to come and stand with this girl on November 16. She represents America in the fight against encroaching Sharia Law.

FP: Pamela Geller, thank you for being here and thank you for your fight for Rifqa and for freedom.

  • A.E.

    I just hope that Rifqa doesn't end up like the Said sisters here in Lewisville, TX

  • anonymonster

    I thought she converted to Christianity moron.

  • jremy

    Would somebody kindly explain why Rifqa's parents,
    legally recognized as ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, are running around free
    while the potential murder victim, their daughter is locked away with hardly any access to the outside world!!!!????

  • WSG57

    I spoke to Mr Fenner = I reside in Franklin county- about Rifqa's safety shortly after this mess started. He is as PC as they come but I made him very aware that threat to Rifqa is not just Daddy/ family but the larger Islamic “community.” I have seen some of our local Islamists up close and there are any number of them with the disposition to harm an apostate.
    As to the parents illegal status… . Gov. Strickland is a spineless progressive and the county sheriff is a Democrat, so is Col's mayor… . There isn't a gonad between the three of them to confront the Islamists.
    God Help Rifqa cause these fools won't lift a finger !

  • LindaRivera

    How I wish I could join the rally!

    Investigators and the Children Services, with the full knowledge that large numbers of honor killings take place in Muslim families in the UK and Europe who now have large Muslim populations, declared terrified runaway Rifqa would be safe with her parents. UK London police would be horrified and shocked. What has happened to the America we once knew that believed in freedom and human rights? Why are U.S. authorities eager to DELIBERATELY place Rifqa's life in danger?

    http://WWW.GUARDIAN.CO.UK
    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.”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/oct/25/h

    Please go to the rally if you are in the area! And pray.

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    Date: © 11-3-09
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    Dear Jamie Glazov,
    Dear Pamela Geller,

    Hope you're both well.

    Because of the book: Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin, the words “statist” and “statism” are being ignorantly and erroneously misused in a new way by political neophytes.

    Mark Levin has no index in his book, (wrongly just notes only in the back of the book, instead of on each page,) and starts out mis-using the word statist for the first time on pages two (2), six (6) and eight (8) without explaining where he either derived it or of defining it. Mark also introduces the term neo-statists on page nine (9). He doesn't bother to define this term either, but just hopes you'll accept it as you accepted statist.

    From page four (4): “As the word “liberal” is in it's classical meaning, the opposite of authoritarian, it is more accurate, therefore, to characterize the Modern Liberal as a Statist.” Liberty and Tyrany, Mark R. Levin, 2009.

    What the heck does that sentence mean? Did he have a typo? Did he mean conservative instead of authoritarian? Classically liberal meant free or freedom. The opposite of authoritarian is anti-authoritarian or autonomist, not a political liberal. And where did he get the word statist? Why does he think it is okay to call liberals statists? They are, yes, but conservatives and authoritarians are also statists.

    I'm guessing, Mark probably got statist just out of his own head because it sounded good to him. Did Mark try to use or invent a euphemism for an authoritarian socialist?

    Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage are both misusing Mark Levin's misuse of the word statist, they're both political neophytes but probably wouldn't admit it.

    A statist is simply someone who believes in a state! Instead Mark Levin should be using the word “authoritarians” or more correctly the phrase “authoritarian socialists” (they are right-wing socialists, Marxist / Leninists [ML]), for what he means when he pejoratively refers to people acting as “statists”. Mark mistakenly calls only Marxist / Leninists and other authoritarians of their ilk statists. We, including Mark, are all statists who believe in government.

    Mark Levin is naive when it comes to political ideology and needs to correct his egregious error in a second edition, since the popularity of his book is causing many political neophytes and ignorant people to start now using his mistaken definition.
    Mark makes fun of an administration guy for inventing the term under-resourced and now can use the term “war on terror” again.
    Sorry, I'm not sure I want to read his book completely now; I have more important books to myself to read, like re-reading Sun Tzu.

    Only anarchists and other left-wing socialists are not statists, they're autonomists and both anti-statists and anti-authoritarians.

    Read: Left Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder, by Lenin. William Godwin in his book Political Justice, Max Stirner's book The Ego and His Own, which influenced both Existentialists and Nietzsche as well as Kierkegaard, Peter Kropotkin's books Mutual Aid, and Conquest of Bread, Rudolf Rocker's pamphlet Anarcho-syndicalism, plus any books by Murray Bookchin, Herbert Spencer, Michael Bakunin, Johann Most, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Benjamin Tucker, Emma Goldman or one of her two boyfriends Alexander Berkman, Lucy Parsons, Susan Brown, Dora Marsden, Nestor Makhno, Robert Paul Wolff, Lysander Spooner, Henry David Thoreau, Murray Rothbard, Gustave de Molinari, Frédéric Bastiat, Robert Nozick, Fernando Tarrida del Mármol, Voltairine de Cleyre, Errico Malatesta, Fred Woodworth, Saul Newman, Todd May, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Wolfi Landstreicher, Leo Tolstoy (a Christian anarchist, as all the early Christians had been), Alfredo M. Bonanno and all the ancient Epicureans. Plus organizations like: International Workers Association – Central Organization of the Workers of Sweden (SAC), Unione Sindacale Italiana (USI), CNT and CGT in Spain, Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) in Ireland, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies) in America.

    Do you now have enough info to understand how stupid I think misuse of the term “statist” instead of “authoritarian socialist” is? Mark has sold over one million copies of his book; yes and most people used to think the world was flat, too.
    “I know that's a secret, for it's whispered every where.” William Congreve.
    “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” Benjamin Franklin.

    Rifqa should have studied San Soo while she was away from her parents. That way no one could control her that she didn't want to have do so.

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    Pamela Geller, The Front Page Interview: Rally for Rifqa

    Jaime Glazov over at Frontpage magazine conducted an interview with me on the latest assault on Rifqa's human rights, the terror of being sent back to her devout Muslim family demanding she recant, and the CAIR conspiracy against Rifqa.
    Rally for Rifqa is November 16th:

    Rally for Rifqa is November 16th
    Excerpt of our interview:
    Rifqa Bary’s civil rights are being violated. She is being held prisoner: no phone, no internet, no public school. Why? What is her crime? She is being held 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.
    [...]
    And the rights violations don’t stop there. Rifqa is up against a large array of legal talent: her parents have changed lawyers as frequently as toddlers change diapers. Rifqa was given a new attorney in Ohio. Who chose him is unclear. His qualifications to defend Rifqa are unclear.
    Is he well-versed in Shariah and apostasy? Who is choosing her lawyer? Does she have a say? Why can’t she choose her own attorney?
    It’s criminal that Rifqa does not pick her own attorney. It’s criminal that the same statists who are enforcing Shariah, the same statists who will send Christian convert Rifqa Bary back to a fundamentalist Islamic home, the same statists who are putting her life in jeopardy, are the same statists who are picking her lawyer.
    This is like a Third World country.
    Rifqa Bary is getting railroaded.
    PLEASE JOIN ATLAS SHRUGS, JIHAD WATCH, DR. BOSTOM
    A RALLY FOR RIFQA'S CIVIL RIGHTS
    ON THE DAY OF HER NEXT HEARING NOVEMBER 16TH
    FRANKLIN COUNTY JUVENILE COURT
    Franklin County courthouse
    Franklin County juvenile court
    4th floor
    373 S. High street
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Time to be determined

    Phone: 614.462.4411, Franklin County Juvenile Court clerk
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  • tee_ar

    Where does oneself mail a shotgun?
    Confer http://RifqaBary.com
    A Support-Group gave an address @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Rifqa-Bary

    As for the Military & Prisoners – let them have Comic (illustrated) Books. I posted Moslem Scripture that mellows mad Muslims, from “Mohammed's Believe It Or Else!” which a Prot. Doc. of I-slam, Robert Morey [http://FaithDefenders.com] sold, @ http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&&sugge

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