Thursday, December 31, 2009

Please pray for Rifqa Bary

Save Rifqa Bary 2010
Myspace Glitter Graphics

Teenager Rifqa Bary, 17 years old, grew up in a Muslim family, originally from Sri Lanka. They moved to Ohio when she was 3 years old. Over 4 years ago, she became a Christian, but did not tell her parents, because she knew the consequences. When their mosque found out by seeing her Facebook page, they reported it to her parents, and told her dad to "take care of it." She fled to Florida after her dad (who has been abusive to her for many years) threatened to kill her. There were several court hearings in Orlando, FL, and she was sent back to Ohio, where there has been a court hearing, and will be another one in Jan. She is living in a foster home, no visitors allowed. A CAIR-appointed lawyer is representing her dad. CAIR has been shown to have terrorist ties. In Muslim countries, it is a capital crime, punishable by death, for any Muslim to convert to any other religion.

“When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed. 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.” — ‘Umdat al-Salik o8.1-2


jeleasure said...

Pretty cool graphics, Jeff.
Yes, my prayer, as you know is to pray for a Happy New Year. Happiness is all inclusive. God knows what that means. I suppose if one were a sadist or cerial killer, they would not be having a 'happy new year' because, we are asking for that which is in God's ideals.

Jeff said...

Thanks, Jim, and Happy New Year to you!

Regarding the graphic, the animated pieces I merely dragged onto the image using pre-created animations on But the background image (everything that is not blinking) I did in Photoshop.

I have done animated GIFs in Photoshop before, but if I put them on Blogger, they will be static and not animated.

thekingpin68 said...

Well done.

Jeff said...

Raising Stakes: Sexual, Physical Abuse Claims

The teen and her lawyer raised the stakes for the hearing in documents filed this week, accusing her family of physical and sexual abuse and claiming that they are involved with an Islamic extremist organization.

John Stemberger, Bary's lawyer, told the teen was sexually and physically abused by her relatives.

Rifqa "was sexually abused by her uncle and the mother was aware and never reported it," Stemberger said. "There was physical abuse by the father. He smacked her with great force, enough to slam her across the room.

"One time he asked her to wear the Islamic headdress, and she basically scooted down in the car so she couldn't be seen because she was embarrassed by it and he punched her with full force using his fist across the side of her face," Stemberger said.

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Rifqa was, at home at least, a 'closet Christian' and afraid to come out of the closet in fear of harsh consequences from her parents. If she were gay and ran away from home out of fear, there would be more of an outpouring of sympathy for her.

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HERE is an article from the Florida Baptist Witness.


According to Ergun Mehmet Caner, the threat to Rifqa for her rejection of Islam and conversion to Christianity is real. “There’s no question,” Caner said in an Aug. 27 interview with the Witness.

Caner, who converted to Christianity as a 16-year-old in Columbus, Ohio, grew-up in the mosque, the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, out of which the Bary family mosque, Noor Islamic Cultural Center, was started and remains connected.

Now a Baptist minister and president of Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., Caner is a well-known apologist for the Christian faith – activity for which a fatwa, an Islamic religious ruling calling for his death, was issued last year “that put us on the road for a while.”

Because of his outspoken repudiation of Islam and defense of Christianity, Caner said he has to take special security precautions.

Caner and his two brothers, who became Christians within 14 months of his conversion, were disowned by their father, who was the architect of their Columbus mosque.

Rather than sending his sons back to their home country of Turkey, the decision of the eldest Caner to disown his children “was an act of mercy,” Caner told the Witness. Caner said his father died in 1999 as a Muslim, while his mother is now a Christian.

“When someone says, ‘Oh, it’s horrible what happened to you.’ No, what my father did was merciful,” Caner explained, noting his fate could have been much worse.

The risk of an “honor killing” – an obligation under Islamic law for those who reject Islam – is routine in Muslim nations.

According to World Net Daily, “The United Nations tabulates about 5,000 such ‘honor killings’ annually around the world, and they have been documented even in the United States.”

“This happens every single day,” Caner said, pointing to organizations like Voice of the Martyrs and International Christian Concern that report on Christian persecution.

“How tragic is it that the murder of someone solely for their conversion would be considered routine? But this is 1,300 years of Islamic history,” Caner said.

Caner said the conversion of a female – especially a minor – is particularly offensive under Islam because the “daughter carries the honor in the family.”

He noted under Sharia law, four witnesses are required to validate a rape claim. “Otherwise, she is put to death because she brought dishonor to the family.”

Caner compared the fate of returning Rifqa to her Columbus home to that of Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of an international controversy in 2000 who was ultimately returned to his home country after a failed attempt to seek asylum in the U.S. on his behalf by Miami relatives.

Jeff said...

Killing Rifqa

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The players in the Rifqa Bary case (at least, before she was sent back to Ohio)

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Will we be complicit in the ‘honour killing’ of Rifqa Bary?


It would not be unprecedented…

14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone escaped from Jeffrey Dahmer, but the police officers handed the unfortunate boy back to the sadistic murderer, even while smelling the decomposing body of a previous victim… The cops even laughed about the whole thing!

Have we not learned anything?

Jeff said...

Video: Rifqa Bary - Killing for Apostasy!

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Rifqa Bary Documents - Father Threatened To Kill Her, Noor Mosque Which Family Attended Has Terrorist Ties


"I became a Christian on November 18, 2005 at the Korean United Methodist church in Columbus, Ohio."

Her father told Rifqa he had "received numerous emails and phone calls from the leaders of the Noor Center community who informed him that he need to deal with this matter immediately."

Mr. Stemberger states that the mosque, "has been identified as one of the primary sources of Islamic extremism in Central Ohio."

To flesh that claim out he further states:

Regarding the Noor Center's CEO ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Islamic Egyptian group responsible for creating the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas:

"The leader of the mosque, Dr. Hany Saqr, was previously an imam for another area mosque at the same time the largest known Al-Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11 was operating out of the mosque. Additionally, Dr. Saqr was identified in exhibits submitted by the Department of Justice in a recent terrorism finance trial in Texas as being one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America – an international organization responsible for birthing virtually every Islamic terrorist organization in the world, including Al-Qaeda. One of his subordinates identified in those trial exhibits was identified in a FBI memorandum as providing $735,000 to Hamas while under Dr. Saqr's direction."

Regarding the Noor Center's scholar and his alleged ties to terrorism:

"A former Islamic scholar associated with The Noor Center is Dr. Salah Sultan, a cleric that has been photographed with terrorist leaders designated as such by the U.S. government. Dr. Sultan has recently appeared on television inciting violence against Jews, and he has previously appeared at events in support of designated terrorist organizations while an active part of the Noor Center community. Following his departure to Bahrain, unconfirmed reports indicate that his US citizenship application has been denied and that he has been banned from reentering the US."


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Regarding the Noor Center's hosting of radical Muslim speakers.

"A number of extremist speakers have been featured at recent Noor Center events who are on record making statements in support of violence, terrorism and extremism. Evidence also indicates that some of these speakers have been directly involved in fundraising and supporting the mosque since its inception. One regular speaker and fundraiser for the Noor Center was listed by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial."

Regarding the Noor Center being allegedly tied to a nationwide FBI terror investigation involving Somali American youths linked to al-Qaeda:

"The Noor Center has also been directly tied to the ongoing nationwide investigation into Somali-American youths who have left the U.S. to train in terror camps operated by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab terror organization. CNN has identified Columbus as one of the main centers of the FBI's investigation. This story was recently the subject of a lengthy front-page New York Times story. One Minneapolis mosque leader who has been named by others in the Somali community as allowing Al-Shabaab recruiters to operate in his mosque was a featured speaker at a Noor Center Somali youth conference just last November. And a Noor Center Somali youth has appeared repeatedly with another Minneapolis imam who has been questioned by the FBI regarding more than a dozen of mosque attendees who have left under such circumstances and been placed by the Department of Homeland Security on the no-fly list."

If even some of the above allegation are correct Ms. Bary, after becoming a Christian, was certainly in danger, both from her family as well as members of the Noor Center.

In a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, leaving the faith is a grave offense called apostasy, which is punishable by death under Shari'a or Islamic law.

Though many counter-terror researches routinely write about many of the attributes of radical Islam in America and the threat it poses through direct religiously endorsed violence as well as the underground guerilla operation we have called the stealth jihad [the use of America's freedoms and rights to subvert the system from the inside], it isn't often that all of these elements are revealed in a single example.

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Is the death penalty for apostasy in the Qur'an? Yes it is, sweet little Rifqa

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Winds of Jihad: Shaitan’s Laptop: How Rifqa Bary Lost Her Islamic Faith

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Rifqa Bary “must be killed”

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The attorney representing Rifqa'a parents was fired and attorneys from the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimuun (Muslim Brotherhood) and HAMAS terrorist front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) were hired instead. CAIR has ties to al-Qaida, in addition to Hamas, and has worked closely with al-Qaida field commanders inside America. A CAIR official working out of the group's Washington headquarters was the ringleader of a terroirst cell that chauffeured the 9/11 imam to secret meetings during which they plotted to kill Americans. CAIR sent $40,000 to a Hamas front group just months before that same group wired $40,000 overseas to Hamas. The organization's founder hosted the notorious Blind Shiek at his home during the period when the cleric was plotting to blow up the World Trade Center. This is the organization that is fighting against Rifqa Bary.

Since the 1960's, there has been a concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions. Front groups of terror now operate openly in our country, comprising a network of support for jihadists. The radical Islamists overseas have repeatedly told us how they intend to infiltrate all areas of our society and use the freedoms that are guaranteed under our Constitution to eventually replace it with Shari'a law.

Federal agents charged Muthanna al-Hanooti, the former CAIR regional director, with conspiring to work for a foreign government and with making false statements to the FBI. Al-Hanooti headed CAIR’s Michigan office after working briefly for CAIR National in Washington, and he is related to Sheik Mohammed al-Hanooti, whom the Justice Department named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He currently leads prayers at a Washington-area mosque that aided some of the 9/11 hijackers and is closely affiliated with CAIR. Al-Hanooti collected over $6 million for support of Hamas, according to a 2001 FBI report. He was also present with CAIR and Holy Land officials at a secret Hamas fundraising summit held last decade at a Philadelphia hotel.

Federal agents raided Laura Jaghlit’s Washington-area home after 9/11 as part of an investigation into terrorist financing, money-laundering, and tax fraud. Jaghlit is a civil rights coordinator for CAIR, and her husband, Mohammed Jaghlit, is a key leader in the Saudi-backed SAAR network, also known as the Safa group, which is a key financial hub in the Muslim Brotherhood crime syndicate. Mohammed is a Brotherhood boss whom federal investigators describe as “an active supporter of Hamas.” Last decade, he sent two letters accompanying donations, one for $10,000, and the other for $5,000, from the SAAR Foundation to Sami al-Arian, now a convicted terrorist. In addition, Jaghlit donated a total of $37,200 to the Holy Land Foundation, which prosecutors recently convicted as a Hamas front. Jaghlit subsequently was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror case.

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Another CAIR director, Abdurahman Alamoudi, is serving twenty-three years in federal prison for plotting terrorism. Alamoudi, who was caught on tape complaining bin Laden hadn't killed enough Americans in the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, was one of al-Qaida's top fundraisers in America, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

Wiretap evidence from the Holy Land case puts CAIR's national executive director, Nihad Awad, at a Philadelphia meeting of Hamas leaders and activists that was secretly recorded by the FBI. Participants hatched a plot to disguise payments to Hamas terrorists as charity. During the meeting, according to FBI wire transcripts, Awad gave a report and was recorded discussing the pro-Hamas propaganda effort. He mentions Ghassan Dahduli, whom he worked with at the time at the Islamic Association for Palestine, another Hamas front controlled by the terror group. Dahduli’s name also was listed in the address book of bin Laden’s personal secretary, Wadi al-Hage, serving a life sentence for his role in the U.S. embassy bombings. Dahduli was recently added to the government’s blacklist of Hamas co-conspirators. Awad once publicly praised Hamas. “I am in support of the Hamas movement,” he declared the year CAIR was founded.

U.S. prosecutors also named CAIR's founder and former chairman, Omar M. Ahmad, as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land case. Wiretaps and other evidence show Ahmad arranged and led the secret Hamas meetings. Federal prosecutors also designated him as a top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's "Palestine Committee" in America, whose "designed purpose was to support Hamas," prosecutors say. CAIR's founder Ahmad, while claiming to be a moderate and patriotic American, has praised suicide bombers who "kill themselves for Islam." Ahmad once told a group of local Muslims that they are in America to help assert Islam's rule over the country. "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant," a local reporter quoted him as saying at the Muslim conference, adding, "The Quran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

An FBI wiretap transcript quotes Omar M. Ahmad agreeing with terrorists gathered at a secret Philadelphia meeting to "camouflage" their true intentions by employing "deception." He compared it to the head fake in basketball. "This is like one who plays basketball: He makes a player believe that he is doing this, while he does something else," Ahmad said. "Like they say, politics is a completion of war."

Groups like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) have an agenda to paint a positive picture of Islam at any cost, and that is why this powerful national organization is advising and directing Rifqa’s parent’s attorneys in their attack against her character and testimony, as well as an attack against those that have helped her.

Jeff said...

More death threats against Rifqa Bary

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Death Punishment for Apostasy in Islam

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CAIR sued again!

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Sura (4:89) - "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as
they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them."

Jeff said...

Sura (9:11-12) - "But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge. And if they break their pledges after their treaty (hath been made with you) and assail your religion, then fight the heads of disbelief - Lo! they have no binding oaths - in order that they may desist." This verse is speaking of infidels (ie. "slay the infidels wherever you find them" 9:5) who obviously became Muslim to escape the sword, but the Hadith make no distinction of how a Muslim came to be a Muslim. Apostasy is always punished by death.

Jeff said...

Other verses that seem to support the many Hadith demanding death for apostates are Sura (2:217), Sura (9:73-74), Sura (88:21), Sura (5:54), and Sura (9:66).

Muslim advocates for killing apostates have pointed out that the supporting hadith are reliable and thus qualify as law according to Sura (4:80) - "Whoso obeyeth the Messenger obeyeth Allah."

Jeff said...

From the Hadith:

The reason why executing apostates has always been well-ensconced in Islamic law is that there is an unarguable record of Muhammad and his companions doing exactly that.

Bukhari (52:260) - "...The Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' "

Bukhari (83:37) - "Allah's Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate."

Bukhari (84:57) - "[In the words of] Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then
kill him.'"

Bukhari (89:271) - A man who embraces Islam, then reverts to Judaism is to be killed according to "the verdict of Allah and his apostle."

Bukhari (84:58) - "There was a fettered man beside Abu Muisa. Mu'adh asked, 'Who is this (man)?' Abu Muisa said, 'He was a Jew and became a Muslim and then reverted back to Judaism.' Then Abu Muisa requested Mu'adh to sit down but Mu'adh said, 'I will not sit down till he has been killed. This is the judgment of Allah and His Apostle (for such cases) and repeated it thrice.' Then Abu Musa ordered that the man be killed, and he was killed. Abu Musa added, 'Then we discussed the night prayers'"

Bukhari (84:64-65) - "Allah's Apostle: 'During the last days there will appear some young foolish people who will say the best words but their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have no faith) and will go out from (leave) their religion as an arrow goes out of the game. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection.'"

Jeff said...

Apostasy is taken so seriously by Muslims that it spawned the first of many major wars within Islam immediately after Muhammad's death when several tribes wanted to leave Islam and go back to their preferred religion.

Although it has been perfectly acceptable under Islamic law to kill Muslims who choose to embrace another religion, contemporary Muslims have realized how weak and draconian this causes Islam to appear. (A sound philosophy does not require death threats to retain believers). As such, there is a modern trend to deny fourteen centuries of Islamic teaching and even the very words of Muhammad himself - at least for Western ears.

Such defenders disingenuously quote Sura (2:256) which states "Let there be no compulsion in
religion, for truth stands out from error" and a fragment of Sura (10:99-100), "Wouldst thou
(Muhammad) compel men until they are believers?" But nearly all Muslim scholars agree that both verses were spoken by Muhammad during an earlier time in his teachings when he did not have the power to compel others. They are abrogated by later verses, such as Sura (9:29), which clearly commands Muslims to fight unbelievers until they relent and either accept Islam or a state
of humiliation under Islamic rule (an obvious illustration of compulsion).

These apologists also ignore the fact that apostasy is not mere unbelief, but unbelief that follows belief, which neither of these verses address. Muhammad's recognition of the distinction is
reflected in his own deeds, following his capture of Mecca and in those of his companions
following his death.

There is also a difference between saying and believing. Whereas Muhammad knew that people
could (and should) be forced to profess that there is no god but Allah, he also recognized that true belief cannot be forced, and this is the reconciliation between his contrasting remarks.

In any event, the damage is done. Islam expanded across the globe by conquering people of other
religions and then making life miserable for those who didn't "embrace" Islam. Once spoken, a
person was locked into the faith. Any sign of false witness, such as not raising their children to be Muslim, was punished with death. Thus did Islam gradually supplant other religions.

Tellingly, the same modern apologists who lie about Islam's mandate to kill apostates do not
champion the right of other religions to evangelize in Muslim countries. In fact, they discourage it. They know as well as anyone that Islam cannot compete within the arena of free ideas and must rely on brute force at some level to retain believers.

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3. The third Hadith shows that Muslims will go to war to fight a group of apostates. There is also some economic benefits to Muslims out of such a war.

4. The fourth Hadith shows that those who leave their religion (Islam) are to be killed. Not only that, but the killers will also be rewarded on resurrection day.

5. The fifth Hadith is a validation that early Muslims had no problem chopping off heads of apostates.

6. The sixth Hadith below shows Muhammad telling his followers that there are three groups of people who should be killed: murderers, adulterers, and apostates ..."

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YUSUFALI: They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks;-
PICKTHAL: They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them,
SHAKIR: They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah's way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.

Jeff said...

These devout Muslims believe that a small, vulnerable young girl, at threat from her vicious parents and "community", may be *the Dajjal*.

The horrors of terrorism, indiscriminate death and destruction, stonings, amputations, beheadings, crucifiction, "honor killings", oppression, tyranny, rape and murder are virtues, but a little girl who just wants to live in peace is—for them—the *personification of evil*.

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Sri Lankan Death Threat against Rifqa Bary: “The Christian Bitch must die.”

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Examples of Honor Killings

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Was this an honor killing?

Motive of girls' killer matters more than you may think

09:35 AM CST on Sunday, January 13, 2008

Were Amina and Sarah Said, the Lewisville Muslim teenagers found shot to death in their father's taxi, victims of an honor killing? And would it really matter if they were?

It would, and you'd think a lot more people in the media would be exploring that question, particularly because their slayings have so much in common with the honor killing pattern we see in Muslim communities in the West and the Middle East.

True, the only person who can definitively answer the question, Yaser Abdel Said, is on the lam, pursued by police as a suspect in his daughters' deaths. And Mr. Said's teenage son, Islam, while apparently conceding that his father killed his sisters, denies that religion had anything to do with it.

But several of the girls' friends told reporters that Mr. Said was furious at his daughters for having boyfriends and had threatened to kill them. The girls' great-aunt, Gail Gartrell – to whose house Patricia Said fled with her daughters out of fear of her husband – used the words "honor killing" to describe the murders.

"She ran with them," Ms. Gartrell told The Dallas Morning News, "because she knew he would carry out the threat."

If Mr. Said killed his children, is his motive significant? After all, domestic violence is found across religious, social and economic lines. Some would say that to speculate on whether Mr. Said's background – Egyptian immigrant and Muslim – played a key role in his daughters' slayings is merely to search for another reason to bash Muslims. One suspects that has a lot to do with the by-now routine media incuriosity when it comes to news stories that might reflect poorly on Islamic culture.

Yet news outlets are wrong to play down or ignore the honor killing angle, and here's why:

"Honor killing" is the term used to describe a practice in which one or more males kills a female relative who has, in their view, dishonored the family – usually by breaking a strict taboo governing sexual behavior or gender roles. To be sure, it is not a practice historically limited to Islamic societies, nor is there clear sanction for it in the Quran.

However, its Islamic proponents do cite this Quranic verse (4:34) in their defense:

Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and [as to] those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

Honor killing enjoys significant support in some Muslim societies – and among some immigrant communities in the West. Last week, Jordanian authorities charged a man there with gunning down his unmarried 30-year-old daughter. He suspected her of dating and reportedly confessed to police that his homicidal act had "cleansed" his family's honor.


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Several years ago, the Jordanian parliament voted down attempts by Jordanian women and human rights activists to end honor killing, which takes the lives of 20 to 30 Jordanian women each year. Parliament upheld lenient sentences for men guilty of honor killing as necessary to protect traditional Islamic social mores against Westernization. Human rights activists there complain that there is little political will to fight honor killings because the barbaric practice is so culturally entrenched.

The legitimacy of male violence against rebellious women is by no means an extreme view among Arab Muslims. A columnist in the Yemen Times last week argued that violence against women is sometimes necessary to "preserve the morals and principles with which Islam has honored us." In Arab culture, where honor is prized and female sexual purity exalted, a family can be cast out if a female member brings shame upon it. Traditionally, the only way to restore peace is through violence.

According to a Dallas Morning News report, Yaser Said was a rage-filled, troubled man. Almost 10 years ago, his wife and daughters told police he was molesting the girls; they later recanted. He was not faithful to his prayers or his mosque. He was, it appears, a sociopath obsessed with female purity and willing to use violence to enforce his will. This kind of man exists in every society. But Mr. Said comes from a shame/honor culture in which this form of sociopathy is not only tolerated but validated as a positive social value.

What's more, experts say that while educated, urbane Arab Muslims don't practice honor killing, they tend not to condemn it, either. And not all Muslims leave this barbaric code behind when they emigrate to the West. In two separate meetings with members of this newspaper's editorial board, Mohamed Elmougy, a prominent North Texas Muslim community leader and Egyptian immigrant, defended violence, even deadly violence, against women and homosexuals. Though the term "honor killing" did not come up in either discussion, Mr. Elmougy explained that violence against sexual outlaws is acceptable to defend the family and the social order.

"The way we view it, we don't look at it as violent," he said. "We look at it as a deterrent."

Well. When you have a community acculturated to the belief that women (and gays) who break taboos deserve to be beaten, even killed, out of some twisted concept of the common good, you can be sure there are innocent people enduring silent, anonymous suffering.

Rafia Zakaria, an American Muslim woman starting a legal defense fund for battered Muslim women, told The New York Times recently, that Muslims "are reluctant to look within to face their problems because it will substantiate the arguments demonizing them."

It would be preposterous to believe that all, or even most, Muslim men are wife-beating brutes. But it also would be irresponsible to ignore the cultural and religious teachings that create an environment in which females who don't behave as males command deserve to suffer.

And it would be immoral not to confront them.

The Said girls had a funeral at the Dallas Central Mosque. One imam talked about the primary importance of the family in Islam and of the responsibility parents have to keep their families strong. These are arguments used to justify honor killing.

But if a word against honor killing – or violence against women – was spoken in English at that service, no one heard it.

Rod Dreher is a Dallas Morning News editorial columnist. His e-mail address is


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Law enforcement notified of death threat against Rifqa Bary

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Video: Rifqa Bary - "Christian Bitch Must Die"

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Download Noor Memo of Law (PDF file)

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12-year FBI veteran says serious flaws in FDLE report claiming Rifqa Bary wasn't abused

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Brief review:

Rifqa Bary's parents, in true Islamic al-taqiyya fashion, deny any threat was made. However, it is a well-established fact that apostasy from Islam is punishable by death. The Florida court proceedings also revealed that Rifqa's parents are almost certainly illegal Sri Lankan immigrants to the United States. Rifqa's parents promptly defied the court and refused to provide any documentation of their legal residence in this country. A "contempt of court" charge resulted
and in a back-room deal attempt by David Colley, the former attorney representing Rifqa's parents, to get the contempt of court immigration issue dropped on the condition that Rifqa would be allowed to live under foster care until her 18th birthday, fell through. Colley was fired and CAIR-paid attorneys Omar Tarazi and Shayan Elahi entered the picture, and Rifqa's Constitutional rights went out the window. In the ongoing legal proceedings, the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimuun (Muslim Brotherhood) and HAMAS terrorist front group, CAIR, became directly involved in appointing the above-named lawyers to Rifqa's parents. Omar Tarazi was instrumental in the further isolation of Rifqa from her friends and supporters.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

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Ex-Muslim Rifqa Bary in peril: Muslim parents call off deal protecting her
ifqa doesn't need to be protected from the Lorenzes. She needs to be protected from her parents and other Muslims who believe in the death penalty for apostates and have threatened her life.

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The parents have further damaged their credibility by going back on their word.

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Islam: the Facade and the Facts

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Eyewitness Account of Rifqa Bary Hearing

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Arresting Rifqa's Rescuers? Criminalizing Christianity in Post-Islamic America

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Christian pastor who aided ex-Muslim Rifqa Bary facing prosecution

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Honor Killing: Islam's Gruesome Gallery

Islamic Honor Killings in Recent World History