Juicy video. Much thanks to Mark Campbell for sending this for Atlas readers to munch on. Campbell caught the second half of my "debate" with Keating (along with Rep. Adam Hasner's excellent remarks, as well as those by Alan Kornman of Act for America).
Let me add that Campbell also witnessed Phil Keating sprint from the courtroom after the decision was announced that Rifqa would be returned to Ohio. Campbell was standing right next to Keating when he gleefully announced with thumbs raised to the waiting press, "she is going back to Ohio, boys!", smirking, smiling broadly. Here is Mark Campbell's account:
Phil Keating was sitting behind me during the whole Rifqa hearing in the auxiliary courtroom. As we exited the courthouse Keating limped up to the news crews stationed outside and gleefully exclaimed with both thumbs raised high before him, "She's going back to Ohio, boys!"
Keating just had a cast removed on his leg, hence the limp. I am sure the injury was sustained pounding the pavement investigating news stories, following leads. (/not)
Keating took me on at the last hearing here, siding again with Islamists and CAIR, And this is FOX, which gives a good indication of what Rifqa and we are up against. Rifqa took them all on. Consider what furnished and paid for Rifqa's parent's legal team. (Phyllis Chesler here)
CAIR has also consistently lied about honor killings in North America.
Most recently, CAIR funded the lawyers for Fathima Rifqa Bary’s parents (she’s the Muslim teenager who converted to Christianity and ran away after she said her father had threatened to kill her). CAIR and their lawyers insisted that Rifqa had never been abused or threatened, that apostates are never killed by their Muslim families or communities. They specifically told Florida law enforcement authorities that there is no such thing as an honor killing in Islam. CAIR’s usual line is that every community has its share of “domestic violence.”
However, in a previous study in Middle East Quarterly, and in a new, forthcoming study which will appear in MEQ as well, I have shown that honor killings and western-style domestically violent femicides are very different. Although some Hindus and some Sikhs do commit honor murders, this is mainly a Muslim-on-Muslim and male-on-female crime.
UPDATE: Here is Keating's report that day. Note his pronunciation of Rifqa's name (Reeeeeeeeeeeeefkah). And he sprinkles his report with biased terms like "bible toting" supporters; Rifqa was "manipulated and encouraged to run away"; "Orlando Christians have orchestrated this custody battle with Muslim prejudice" -- and he uses a three-second clip of the vile hate spewing Mohammad Lutfi shouting me down with "G-d bless America". You can't help but blanch when you hear Keating speak of "honor killings" mockingly. And it's apostasy, genius.
UPDATE: Here is Phil Keating's report:
Check out how he pronounces Rifqa's name (Reeeeeeeef-kah). And he sprinkles the report with obvious anti-Christian, pro-islamist buzz words, i.e., "bible toting" supporters, " Orlando Christians have orchestrated this battle with Muslim prejudice". The only clip he runs from the vile, hate spewing Muslim extremist, Muhamad Lutfi, is 'G-d bless America' (which Lutfi is shouting to shut me up)......
CALL THE GOVERNOR to keep Rifqa in Florida.
Governor Charlie Crist's office:
Phone: (850) 488-4441, (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801