Robert Knight

If past media coverage is any gauge, America is about to get a giant, mushy Hallmark card on behalf of Islam on Friday, September 25. That’s the day of the Islam on Capitol Hill rally, which organizers estimate will attract 50,000 Muslims to Washington, D.C.

Hassen Abdellah, president of Dar-ul-Islam, and a main organizer, told the Washington Post that the event was inspired by President Obama’s inaugural address and his speech in Cairo, Egypt in June. The latter was where Obama noted that Islam was “first revealed” in the Middle East, thus implying divine origin. He may have also inspired some Muslims when he told journalists in Turkey in April that America “is not a Christian nation.” The event’s Website proclaims in large block letters: Our Time Has Come.

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It will be instructive to compare media coverage to the virtual blackout of the Sept. 12 rally of hundreds of thousands who gathered at the Capitol to protest high taxes, the proposed health care takeover and the rest of the Obama-Pelosi leftist agenda.

In another story that could get lost amid all the wet kisses to Islam, Christian teen runaway Rifqa Bary may learn on September 28 in a Florida courtroom whether she will be sent back to Ohio, where she fears becoming the victim of an “honor killing” for converting to Christianity.

Rifqa’s father, Mohamed Bary, claims that he will allow her to practice Christianity, while requiring her to live as a Muslim. He denied in court that he has threatened to kill her, but admitted that he nearly threw a laptop computer at her before corralling his temper.

The 17-year-old Rifqa fled in July to Orlando, where a church pastor’s family took her in. Given the spate of “honor killings” in Texas, Canada, and in Europe, Rifqa contends that even if her father doesn’t do it, someone else might.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.