An Internet blogger who has followed closely the case of a teenager who fled her Muslim family after she converted to Christianity, expressing concern she would become the victim of an "honor killing," is reporting an Internet threat to the life of the young girl.
Blogger Pamela Geller, writing at Atlas Shrugs, has posted screen captures of the alleged threat to Rifqa Bary, whose future remains to be decided by a court process in Florida.
Alleged threat on Internet, as documented by blogger Pamela Geller.
"I have said from the very first that Rifqa Bary is the highest value target in America," Gellar wrote. "Apostasy is the most egregious crime against Islam. Her crime is not just against the family. It is against Islam.
"I know Ohio law enforcement and Florida law enforcement found no threat to Rifqa, but perhaps they can put down the kool aid for five minutes and do their job," she continued.
"There is a pro-Islamic site on Facebook that threatens Rifqa Bary with death. Will everyone stop the PC, religion of peace nonsense … and get serious? Is law enforcement going to stop playing games and protect this young girl or what?"
Robert Spencer, the terror expert who posts at JihadWatch.org, noted that as soon as Gellar posted information about the threat, the Facebook site on which it appeared was taken down.
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"Will any authorities take this seriously? Or will they continue to swallow whole the pleasing deceptions coming from the mainstream media and Islamic leaders in Ohio and Florida, to the effect that Rifqa is in no danger at all?" he wrote.
The terse threat is contained in the words, "we need to kill her" that appeared on the page.
Fathima Rifqa Bary, 17 (Facebook photo)
WND reported earlier that the Muslim parents of the 17-year-old are devout members of a mosque with ties to numerous terrorist leaders, according to her attorneys.
As WND reported, Fathima Rifqa Bary, an honor student and cheerleader, was raised in a Muslim family in Columbus, Ohio. She became a Christian four years ago as a result of her interactions with children at school.
But Bary, a native of Sri Lanka, hitchhiked to a bus station and ran away from home July 19 because she says her family will murder her in what is known as an "honor killing" for converting to Christianity. In Islamic tradition, an honor killing is the killing of a person believed to have brought dishonor upon his or her family. The United Nations tabulates about 5,000 such "honor killings" annually around the world, and they have been documented even in the United States.
Bary sought refuge with a church group in Florida but has been in state foster care by court order. A judge has ordered mediation to be attempted next in her case.
Orlando, Fla., trial lawyer John Stemberger, attorney for Barry, said he would outline in court documents the Bary family mosque's ties to terrorism.
"I knew from the beginning that this young lady was in danger. It is no joke, and the she knew she was in danger. I wonder why she isn't being protected? Why? Because we don't want to upset the radical Muslims that live in our country," wrote a forums page participant on Geller's site.
Geller earlier reported the girl's friends accompanied her to the school counselor after they noticed bruises covering her arms and legs that allegedly resulted from beatings by her father.
"Beatings were random, violent, unprovoked," Geller reported. "Take, for example, when Rifqa and her father Mohamed were driving in the car. He would force her to wear the hijab (head covering), which she hated. In her discomfort she would slouch down, embarrassed, and her father would haul off and sock her in the face so that she never forgot to sit up straight in her costume. The beatings were regular and so much a part of the landscape of Rifqa's life, she became inured to them …"
Bary's attorney confirmed that the teen had been a victim of beatings at the hands of her father.
"Her father has slapped her with such force that it has knocked her over," Stemberger said. "Her father asked her to wear the official headdress of Islam. Because she lowered her body down in the car so she couldn't be seen, he punched her on the side of her face with great force because she was ashamed of that."
The Christian teen turned to pastors Blake and Beverly Lorenz of Global Revolution Church in Orlando, Fla., whom she met through Facebook. She has been placed in foster care by the Florida Department of Children and Families, or DCF.
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