Saturday, 22 August 2009

They're Not Mad, They're Opportunists.

When you know fundamentalist judeo/christian conservatives and The Fetus©™ fetishists can command MASSIVE financial and legal resources to "protect" pregnant adolescents from their pro-choice parents, you wonder why they're wringing their hands and standing by passively while anticipating this particular girl will be murdered by family members.

A 17-year-old girl who fled to Florida after converting from Islam to Christianity will almost certainly be forced to return home to Ohio, experts say, despite her fears that she will become the victim of an honor killing for abandoning her parents' faith.

Rifqa Bary, who hitchhiked to an Ohio bus station earlier this month and took a charter bus to Orlando, remains in protective custody with Florida's Department of Children and Families. A judge is expected to rule Friday on the jurisdiction of the case, but several legal experts contacted by say the girl is bound to be sent back to Ohio. ...

"Anyone who converts from Islam is considered an apostate, and apostasy is a capital crime," Chesler wrote "If she is returned to her family, if she is lucky, they will isolate her, beat her, threaten her, and if she is not persuaded' to return to Islam, they will kill her. ... "She escaped from her family's brutal tyranny and shamed her family further through public exposure," Chesler said. "Muslim girls and women are killed for far less."

Republicans and religious conservatives are loudly lamenting Rifqu Bary's plight but will they take up her cause to the Supreme Court? Bary is far more useful to them - if she is killed as FOXNews claims she will be - because she would be a political and religious martyr that can be used to justify and fuel their rightwing attacks against all Muslims.

Much like the deaths of Zainab, Geeti and Sahar Shafia and Rona Amir Mohammed have been exploited in Canada by ReformaTories to attack feminists and progressives, Chesler and her acolytes are willing to sacrifice Bary to further their cause. I think that all this shrieeeking is bullshit rhetoric fluffed, fanned and promoted by FAUXNews. Otherwise they really are the depraved political opportunists I believe they are.

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