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Dead Girl Walking By: Frank J Gaffney Jr.
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“Dead girl walking.” That’s how Florida anti-Shariah activist Tom Trento of the Florida Security Council described Rifqa Bary. Bary is a 17-year-old girl who fled to Florida to escape an abusive Muslim family in Ohio out of fear that she would be killed by her father or brother. Unless Florida’s governor, Charlie Crist, intervenes, a state judge in Orlando is expected on Friday afternoon to force Rifqa to return to Ohio — and almost certain death. 

Rifqa has ample reason to fear such a fate. She has been repeatedly and savagely beaten by family members in the past. Reportedly, this petite young high school cheerleader lost vision in an eye following one such attack by her brother. 

Worse yet, Rifqa had converted to Christianity. “Apostasy” is a capital offense under the theo-political-legal program authoritative Islam calls Shariah. Pamela Geller, who has extensively documented this case at her marvelous Atlas Shrugs blog (www.AtlasShrugs2000.com), quotes the girl as saying: 

"[My father] took [a] 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."

As Shariah expert and best-selling author Robert Spencer has pointed out, there is a passage in Chapter 18 of the Quran that is held to authorize Muslims to murder wayward children, a practice that has come to be called “honor killing.” Incredibly, such murders are now increasingly occurring not just in Muslim communities in the Middle East but in the West, as well.

In fact, as the founder of ACT! For America, Brigitte Gabriel, has noted, a conference of police officers from many European countries was recently convened in The Hague to discuss the burgeoning problem of Muslim honor killings. She reports that Britain has reopened 110 cases in which murders occurred last year that are now all suspected of being honor killings. 

Closer to home, the bodies of four women were found a few weeks ago floating in a river in Toronto. All had been murdered by relatives in the name of redeeming the family’s honor. And there have been at least three instances of honor killings in America in recent months in Texas, Atlanta, and New York. 

Some of the victims of honor killings have been executed for such “offenses” as dating or simply talking by phone to non-Muslim boys, wearing make-up, refusing to wear the hijab, other head coverings or “modest” clothing, or filing for divorce. Others had the temerity to leave the faith.

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Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is the founder, president, and CEO of The Center for Security Policy. During the Reagan administration, Gaffney was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy, and a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower (R-Texas). He is a columnist for The Washington Times, Jewish World Review, and Townhall.com and has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsday.

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