Jamie Glazov interviewed me for Frontpage magazine. Check it out
Here's an excerpt:
FP: What are the possibilities if the parents do not provide
Geller: It’s anyone’s guess. The whole family could be
deported. The risk to Rifqa’s life is considerable. The sooner Rifqa’s defense
team has the documents, the sooner her status can be addressed.
There are several different approaches to securing her safety. A person
seeking asylum may do so from inside the US and does not have to leave and
petition for re-entry. That is the advantage. Religious asylum is seldom granted
though. Perhaps Rifqa could file a claim on a civil rights violation (a CAIR
move) against her parents.
The question of jurisdiction may appear to be settled but it is not. Dawson
said he doesn’t plan to release her until he sees the Bary immigration
documents. It will be interesting.
FP: Why do you think there is such silence about apostasy
when this is actually causing the case itself? The media is saying nothing about
Geller: It’s indicative of how sick our society has become.
Spinelessness and ignorance are a lethal combination. Apostasy is the motive
behind the death threat. Period. Of course the FDLE found no evidence of a
threat, they did not investigate threats of a religious nature. Perhaps
the upside (if there could be such a thing) to this terrible case is that the
media is being exposed for their conquered, dhimmi approach to the story. And
that is why new media/alternative reporting was so critical to this story.
FP: Overall, what do you think this case has signified? What
has been its meaning? What have your own impressions been?
Geller: This is a landmark case on so many levels. The
obvious is the media’s auto-censorship. Their bias is so fixed that they would
rather put a teenage girl’s life at risk than report the story. Why wouldn’t
they err on the side of caution? What is Rifqa Bary so terrified of? The
media’s indifference is devastating.
It’s the proverbial teaching moment. Why isn’t the media giving Wafa Sultan,
Ibn Warraq, Nonie Darwish and any of the thousands of apostates living in the
shadows, front page exposure in the media, to help push back, push Islamic
supremacism back to the fringe of civilization?
Further, this case pits Sharia law and its absolutism against the rule of law
in America. If we turn a blind eye to the execution of sharia law in our
society, is that not our sanction? Are we not complicit if we are not
The silence of the media, pundits, law enforcement, psychologists, the court
system renders the girls, the women, the men murdered in the name of Islam
nothing more than a rumor. They are invisible and count for nothing. It speaks
volumes to the West’s respect and sanctity of life.
The larger picture is the clash of civilizations, a clash of human systems.
The battle is for our very soul.
President Obama addressed the Muslim world in June from Al Ahzar University
in Cairo where a fatwa (death penalty) was issued for apostasy. The President
described Al Azhar. this way: “For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as
a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been
a source of Egypt’s advancement.”
In that same speech Obama declared, ”….the United States government has gone
to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish
those who would deny it.”
Well, what about the right of women and girls not to wear the
America is the greatest, the noblest, and in its original founding
principles, the first and last moral country (save Israel) in the
history of the world – what happened?
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