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An Underground Railroad for a Muslim Girl
by Pamela Geller
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.
FP: Pamela Geller, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.
Geller: Thank you, Jamie.
FP: Tell us about the case of Rifqa Bary and where the situation stands at present.
Geller: Rifqa Bary, who recently turned seventeen, converted to Christianity from Islam – bringing upon herself Islam's death sentence for those who leave Islam. When she was questioned by a news reporter, she spoke with the voice of every girl murdered in the name of Islamic "honor". You could hear Amina and Sarah, Aqsa and Rand. The bitter cries that no one heard. Rifqa pleads for herself but she cries for all Muslim girls who are oppressed and subjugated. "I was threatened by my dad," Rifqa cried. "When my dad found out" about her conversion to Christianity, "phone calls from the Muslim community started coming in with emails that confronted me. And I had a laptop and he took that laptop and waved it in the air and he was about to beat me with it, and he said, 'If you have this Jesus in your heart, you're dead to me. You're not my daughter.' And I refused to speak but he said, 'I will kill you. Tell me the truth.' In these words, bad words, cuss words. So I knew that I had to get away."
She ran away to Florida and escaped the fate her father had in mind for her. But now Rifqa is in the middle of a custody battle that could send her to her death. "They want me back home," she says. "I can't go back to Ohio, you guys don't understand. That community, they're like – I will die within a week. My life is at stake."
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