Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stemberger Legal Defense Fund-Defended Rifqa Bary

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1. Q - Who is Rifqa Bary and what is this whole controversy all about?

A - Rifqa Bary was raised in a devout Muslim home in Columbus, Ohio but at age 13, she attended a Korean Methodist church at the invitation of a classmate. As a result, she had a significant conversion experience and secretly committed herself to the Christian faith. Eventually her faith was discovered on Facebook by leaders of the Noor Mosque in Columbus where her parents attended. In the summer of 2009, she fled her home in Columbus for Orlando after her parents threatened her life for not renouncing Christianity. After a number of court battles in both Orlando and Ohio, Rifqa was declared a dependent of the state of Ohio and then a permanent US Legal Resident before she turned 18 on August 10, 2010. The legal case made international headlines and brought the rarely discussed practice of Muslim honor killings (or apostate killings) to the public eye.

2. Q – What are the legal attacks all about?

A - After Rifqa Bary’s legal team achieved the goal of winning her case and securing her freedom, the Muslim lawyer (Omar Tarazi) who opposed Rifqa Bary in the Ohio case, retaliated against John Stemberger, Rifqa’s Orlando lawyer, by attacking him with two separate legal actions against him. One attack was a federal defamation lawsuit for 10 million dollars in Ohio federal court. The other was a complaint or a grievance with the Florida Bar asking for Stemberger to be disciplined. Tarazi, who lost his client’s case and is disgruntled, is now using this frivolous lawsuit and merit-less grievance charge as a means of “lawfare” to try and punish John.

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