Ads by a group calling itself Stop Islamization of America, which aims to provide refuge for former Muslims, read: “Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!”
A self-described “anti-jihadist,” Pamela Geller is the conservative blogger and executive director of Stop Islamization of America who conceived of the “Leaving Islam” ad campaign. Her bus posters, she says, were partly inspired by the ongoing Florida case involving a teenage girl who ran away from her Muslim parents after converting to Christianity. The girl, Rifqa Bary, made headlines last year when she claimed her father threatened to kill her for becoming a Christian.
Ms. Geller described her campaign as “a defense of religious freedom,” in an e-mail response to questions. The goal, she says, is mainly “to help ex-Muslims who are in trouble” and also “to raise awareness of the threat that apostates live under even in the West.”
I guess I should point out that Bary became convinced that her life was in danger after hooking up with Lou Engle-associated activists in Ohio, so she fled to Florida where she was taken in by other right-wing activists (and continued to associate with Engle).
In fact, just about the only ones who believe that Bary was ever in danger of being harmed by her family are the professional anti-Islam activists who have worked diligently to turn her saga into the right-wing crusade – people like Pamela Geller.