by Jerry Gordon, New English Review, September, 2009
What occurred both inside and outside the Orlando Circuit Court room on September 3rd at the Rifqa Bary hearing was nothing short of Jihad against all apostates. Muslim fury was focused on so-called ‘Christian extremists’ who had allegedly swayed a teen-age apostate originally from Sri Lanka to convert to Christianity from Islam. In court, the petit teenager dressed demurely wearing a silver cross and holding a bible. Miss Bary’s case is being presided over by Judge Daniel Dawson. Judge Dawson has foremost in mind two basic issues; securing jurisdiction and the safety of Miss Bary. Dawson’s August 21st hearing decision permitting her to remain in child custody in Florida. This has clearly outraged Muslims who demand her return to her Muslim parents in Ohio and an uncertain fate.
Egyptian born apostate and convert to Christianity Nonie Darwish, author of “Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The terrifying Implications of Islamic Law,” conveyed what is at stake during a Center for Security Policy bloggers call on Miss Bary’s case:
“Yesterday I was viewed as a terrorist,” he said, “and today I’ve been given a permit on Capitol Hill to come and pray in a spirit of unity.”
Bartholomew further noted that the video questioning of Miss Bary by the FDLE interviewers was done without counsel present. Then the counsel for the Orlando Sentinel objected to the Judge’s gag order on the grounds that this was not a jury trial. Judge Dawson denied that request, as well. He adjourned the fractious hearing until September 28th, continuing Rifqa Bary’s stay in Florida in secure foster care, permitting visitation rights with the three children of Pastor Lorenz who had given Rifqa sanctuary, staying attorney Elahi’s aggressive tactics for the moment.
Geller was endeavoring to present a pattern of physical abuse that Miss Bary had suffered at home and revealed at school and her secret conversion to Christianity four years ago. Lutfi immediately jumped in and called Spencer a pathological liar about Muslim doctrine on apostates and the press immediately decamped to follow and listen to Lutfi’s categorical lies and taqiyya. Fortunately, Spencer and Geller held their ground.
Most requests for asylum currently filed in the United States are based on claims by applicants that they fear persecution if they are sent back to their homeland because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or any particular party they may belong to. Murthy said nearly 80 percent of those applicants are denied asylum for lack of providing adequate evidence.
Asylum seekers generally arrive in the United States on fake travel documents. Upon arrival at the airport, they ask for asylum.
“Getting asylum is not going to be a slam dunk” for abused women, Murthy reiterated, noting that they have to meet the most stringent of requirements.
Researchers say taxi drivers, police and government workers of Asian origin are returning women to the domestic abuse they want to escape. The report by the Centre for Social Cohesion think-tank voices the concerns of activists who say they are seeing more women fleeing “honour-based” violence.
The Crown Prosecution Service says about 12 women are victims of honour killings in the UK each year. The researchers fear the real figure is much higher.
The study found that honour crimes are being carried out by third and fourth generation immigrants.
Phyllis Chesler brought this issue to the fore in Ken Timmerman’s, NewsMax.com account of the Rifqa Bary Orlando court hearing on September 3rd: