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According to Robert Spencer, author and founder of JihadWatch, Rifqa is in grave danger. He notes that the Qu’ran’s early verses, written by the Prophet Mohammed in Mecca when Islam was a minority religion, prescribe tolerance alongside “people of the Book,” that is, Jews and Christians. As Islam began its conquests, however, Mohammed wrote later verses that instruct Muslims to subdue everyone under Sharia Law and to kill apostates, people who convert from Islam to any other religion.

Spencer is one of more than a dozen experts featured in the investigative, two-part documentary Radical Islam on the March, airing this Sunday on the Coral Ridge Hour and on September 27. According to William J. Federer, author of What Every American Needs to Know About the Qu’ran, and who is also featured on the program, Sharia Law divides the world into two: the House of Islam, meaning “submission,” and the House of War, in which Jihad takes place. In other words, wherever Muslims do not rule is a battlefield, with tactics depending on the size of the Muslim population.

In Great Britain, for example, Sharia courts have already sprung up that claim independence from the British legal system. And invertebrate leaders such as the Anglican Church’s Archbishop of Canterbury have said that it might be time for England to incorporate parts of Sharia Law. That’s a bit like a lamb insisting it can ingest part of a hungry python. In Holland, parliamentarian Geert Wilders is under an Islamic

fatwa death threat and has been charged by his government with a “hate crime” for producing the film Fitna, which chronicles Jihad violence around the world, accompanied by verses from the Qu’ran.

Moderate Muslims believe that Islam will eventually subdue the entire world, but that co-existence is possible in the meantime. Radical Islamists believe that the time for Islam’s total domination is now, and that the only sure path to Heaven with Allah is through martyrdom, thus violence is considered a good shortcut.

Rifqa Bary, who was raised Muslim, is painfully aware of the tenets of that aggressive faith. Earlier this week, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation announced that it had found “no credible evidence” that Rifqa is in danger if returned to her parents and their Muslim community.

But FBI veteran John D. Guandolo crunched the report and found it severely lacking. In “Florida Department of Law Enforcement earns an F,” an essay for the Center for Security Policy on September 16, Guandolo notes that the investigators seemed oblivious to realities. For example:

“It was noted that the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) -Columbus (Ohio) and the Staff Attorney for CAIR were present during the interview of Mr. Bary by FDLE Investigators. Absent from the FDLE report was any mention that CAIR is a known Muslim Brotherhood entity and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial - the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history - revealing HLF as a Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front in the United States. All defendants in this case were found guilty in November 2008 and are serving long prison terms.”

Ergun Caner, now president of Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., who with his brother converted from Islam to Christianity and is now under a fatwah, told the Florida Baptist Witness, “Death for apostasy from Islam is firmly rooted in the most sacred Muslim texts. There is also a consensus by all four schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, as well as Shi'ite jurists, that apostates from Islam must be put to death,” he said.

Can anyone blame Rifqa for fearing a return to a community rooted in a system of “law” that includes such texts?

Robert Knight

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