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Fathima Rifqa Bary Update: Mike Thomas on the Noor Mosque

Fathima Rifqa Bary

Fathima Rifqa Bary

Mike Thomas is a journalist with the Orlando Sentinel which has been following and reporting on the Fathima Rifqa Bary case. The case of the young runaway has garnered much attention and many of the Islamophobes and anti-Muslims have much invested in it. Recently, conservative attorney John Stemberger who volunteered to represent Rifqa is now claiming that the real danger to the girl comes from the Mosque that her father attends.

Mike Thomas wanted to check if these sentiments were truly held by the neighbors of the Mosque or those who knew it, in a blog titled This is a Terrorist Mosque?, Thomas writes,

Attorney John Stemberger, who volunteered to represent Rifaq Bary, now claims that the real danger to the girl is her father’s mosque – the Noor Islamic Cultural Center – which he says is radical and has ties to terrorism.

I checked that with Rabbi Misha Zinkow, of Temple Israel, who spoke at the Noor center earlier this year at an inter-faith gathering.

“Their presence in the community is a positive one,” he said. “My interaction with the Muslim community has been very positive.”

I then asked the Rabbi if Columbus was a hotbed of Islamic extremism, another charge I frequently hear.

“I don’t think I would echo those sentiments,” he said.

The Noor Islamic Cultural Center also is a member of B.R.E.A.D., a social justice organization that includes a number of Protestant churches (Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, etc) , Catholic churches, Episcopalian churches, Temples and even the Unitarians.

Earlier this month, the Center had an interfaith session on homeland security.

Here is a promo the Center put out on Youtube. You can see all those middle-aged, crazy terrorists flipping burgers and hot dogs on the grill.

Mike Thomas shows that this Mosque is far from the “terrorist Mosque” that it is being painted as by Rifqa’s attorney, but will it be enough for those who are using the Fathima Rifqa Bary case for their own agenda to stop their crusade to paint the Mosque as a haven for terrorism whose members will kill Rifqa if returned?

LoonWatchers might have noticed that the anti-Muslim blogsphere with the likes of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have been reporting on this case constantly and have invested a lot in it, pushing full throttle to see to it that Fathima R. Bary does not end up with her parents and instead stays in Florida. Just today Robert Spencer posted a blog requesting his supporters to contact (pressure) the Florida court to keep Rifqa there. For them it is a high stakes game in the war against Muslims, so if Fathima is returned to her parents and the courts find that her life  is not in threat they will end up with major egg on their faces.

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  • JD

    Amol Javde (22)(HINDU GUY) was found hanging from the branch of a tree around 12 pm near Anushakti Nagar in Trombay. However, his family alleges that his girlfriend’s family, who opposed the relationship because they belonged to different castes, murdered him.

    Jun 21, 2010
    On Sunday, the family members of a girl allegedly killed her and her teenaged lover and hanged them as exhibits in their house for the village to see their “fate.”
    According to police, Monika (18) and her lover Rinku (19)(NAME DOES NOT SOUND MUSLIM TO ME) both from Jat families, were brutally killed for honour at Nimriwali village, near Bhiwani. The father of the girl, her brother, uncle and cousins are suspected to be behind the crime and are absconding.

    Megala decided to follow her heart. And paid a heavy price for it, losing her lover and being attacked and ostracised by her family and community in Manamadurai. Megala, 20, and Sivakumar, 24, were told they couldn’t marry as they were related. Her family married her off in June. Ten days after the wedding, she ran away with Sivakumar. Her family tracked the couple down and attacked Sivakumar with ‘aruvaals’. Sivakumar died on the spot, and his killers, who included her father and brother, have been arrested. Megala, now in hospital, says that everyone in her village, including her mother, feels that the punishment is justified as she brought shame to her village and the Thevar community to which she belongs.
    She was a 22-year-old journalist working with the Business Standard in Delhi. He was her batchmate from the Capital’s prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication, working in another media establishment in the city. Their love story had little in common with others they must have come across in their jobs recently. But, it may have ended the same way.

    On April 29, Nirupama Pathak was found dead at her home in Koderma, Jharkhand.
    The report also shows that Nirupama was three-month pregnant at the time, adding to suspicions of honour killing.

  • molly

    “loose her life?” Check your spelling before you make wild claims like that.

  • man_in_tx

    The nincompoopery that dismisses “honor killings” as someone’s silly fantasy likely derives from one or more of the following: 1) laziness (whereby one is too lazy to Google “honour killings;” 2) stupidity/ignorance (whereby one is unable to read what is out there); 3) bigotry (whereby one is prejudically blinded to the dark underside of Islam — as practiced around the world); or 4) pure evil (whereby one seeks to practice taqiyya in order to deceive the kufar and to advance the agenda of the caliphate). May the LORD protect dear Rifqa and keep her safe!

  • Ormond girl

    Gee, doesn’t anyone realize about Honor killings? Its so real and she knows how real it is. She is about to loose her life and no one cares. I feel so sorry for her, what can I do? I will pray as I have that they don’t figure out a way to kill her. I don’t care how peaceful the Noor group is, someone can and will try to kill her just like the suicide bombers do, it never makes any sense, but they do it.Don’t let her be sent back to Ohio or Sri Lanka, they will for sure find a way to invent the
    “accident” that killed her.

  • oregonjake

    I repudiate my earlier comments. I was in a bad mood when I wrote them.

  • I have attended Noor Islamic Center, and honestly I agree with the Rabbi. That Mosque is a positive asset to the community. They hold many events for the benefit of the community, and do not preach terrorism or hate. On the contrary they promote peace and understanding.

    God knows best.

  • oregonjake

    The anti-Muslim blogosphere…..great phrase! It is obvious you have not, or won’t actually read any of the things you claim to know about. Not one of these so called anti-Muslims has ever stated they are anti-Muslim. They plainly state they are not against Muslims, they are against how Islam is being defined (by the 4 main schools of Islamic jurisprudence) and practiced by millions of Muslims today. There is a hugh difference, but I guess your blinded to reality by your hatred of anything which doesn’t fit into your little fruit-fly world. So sad, really.

  • HGG

    And if she isn’t they can claim victory and say, with absolutele certainty, that had she’d been returned she would’ve been killed.

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