August 30, 2009

One former Muslim from Columbus area already under death fatwa

The Rifqa Bary saga continues on Thursday when a judge will consider whether to move to declare her a dependent of the state and keep her under the protection of the State of Florida.

Today's Orlando Sentinel has the first of apparently four articles this week cheerleading for her return to her abusive father, Muslim extremist family and their terror-tied mosque. Who does the Sentinel find is to blame for this situation? Rifqa's laptop and the nasty fundamentalist Christians she was able to meet online who showed her another world free from a religion of bloodthirsty medieval warlords and theological justifications for pedophilia.

But another article of interest this weekend discusses the story of another former Columbus area man, Ergun Caner, who's father was the head of the Islamic Center that the Bary family mosque grew out of. As the article explains, Caner lives under a death fatwa for his conversion to Christianity:

According to Ergun Mehmet Caner, the threat to Rifqa for her rejection of Islam and conversion to Christianity is real. “There’s no question,” Caner said in an Aug. 27 interview with the Witness.

Caner, who converted to Christianity as a 16-year-old in Columbus, Ohio, grew-up in the mosque, the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, out of which the Bary family mosque, Noor Islamic Cultural Center, was started and remains connected.

Now a Baptist minister and president of Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., Caner is a well-known apologist for the Christian faith – activity for which a fatwa, an Islamic religious ruling calling for his death, was issued last year “that put us on the road for a while.”

Because of his outspoken repudiation of Islam and defense of Christianity, Caner said he has to take special security precautions.

Caner and his two brothers, who became Christians within 14 months of his conversion, were disowned by their father, who was the architect of their Columbus mosque.

Rather than sending his sons back to their home country of Turkey, the decision of the eldest Caner to disown his children “was an act of mercy,” Caner told the Witness. Caner said his father died in 1999 as a Muslim, while his mother is now a Christian.

“When someone says, ‘Oh, it’s horrible what happened to you.’ No, what my father did was merciful,” Caner explained, noting his fate could have been much worse.

The risk of an “honor killing” – an obligation under Islamic law for those who reject Islam – is routine in Muslim nations.

Considering all the available evidence, it would be criminally negligent for Florida to send this girl back to this Muslim community in Central Ohio. Let's hope the Florida judge does the right thing.

By Barbarossa at 08:54 PM | Comments |