By Kathy Lynn Gray..The Columbus Dispatch.
Rifqa Bary...Ohio lawyer Omar Tarazi is suing a Florida attorney and blogger Pamela Geller, see her photo above, he says defamed him in connection with the Rifqa Bary case. In a civil suit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Tarazi said that attorney John Stemberger and blogger Pamela Geller Oshry made statements on national television and on the Web that Tarazi was involved with terrorists.
Tarazi was the attorney for Mohamed and Aysha Bary of the Northeast Side, the parents of Rifqa Bary. Rifqa, now 18, was involved in a much-publicized attempt to sever herself from her Muslim parents after she converted to Christianity and ran away last year.
Rifqa Bary was granted permanent residency in the United States last week, attorney Kort Gatterdam said today. She had been an illegal immigrant. Tarazi sued Stemberger and Pamela Geller-Oshry, her photo above, for $10 million on Friday, September 3rd, 2010. His complaint states that Stemberger falsely said that Tarazi was being paid by an organization with ties to terrorists and that, essentially, Tarazi was not a qualified attorney.
Tarazi says in his complaint that Pamela G. Oshry, who blogs under the name Pamela Geller on "atlas shrugs", made similar assertions in her blog. The statements by Stemberger and Oshry "permanently harmed" his personal and professional reputation and his private law practice, the suit says.
"Potential clients that do a simple web search to check on plaintiff's credentials will find these accusations of perjury, conflict of interest, being unqualified as an attorney," as well as claims that Tarazi was a member of Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the suit says.
"I'm saying I'm not going to take this," Tarazi said today. "It affects my job, my career, it affects everything. It's pushback to say that you can't just call someone a terrorist with no basis and get away with it, " (these are Pamela Geller's everyday tactics, she called President Obama a terrorist) Tarazi also says in his complaint that the accusations against him were made to influence the legal proceedings involving Bary.
See also Muslim Basher Pamela Geller Branded An Extreme Bigot by Wikipedia, Pamela Geller Linked to Used Car Scam and Murder in Long Island NY.
Pamela Geller, also known as Pamela Oshry, (born 1958 or 1959 on Long Island, New York) is an anti-Islamic American blogger, political activist, and co-founder of Stop Islamization of America. She has been cited as one of the most visible opponents of the Park51 community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan.
Her weblog, "Atlas Shrugs", is named in homage to Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged, as she supports Objectivist philosophy. The blog has been criticized by Media Matters for America called "right-wing" by The Jewish Week and "extreme" by The Guardian.
Mark Potok, a spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, has described Pamela Geller's rhetoric as "over the line" and "hate speech". See photo above of Pamela Geller and Dutch MP Geert Wilders who currently is on trial for hate speech at the Hague.
A trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders is ongoing in The Netherlands in 2010. Wilders is facing five counts of inciting hatred and discrimination for describing Islam as a fascist religion and Moroccan youths as violent and for calling for the banning of the Koran. On 21 January 2009, a three-judge court ordered the public prosecutor to try Wilders.Their statement said that "[i]n a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to ... draw a clear line" and that "the court also considers appropriate criminal prosecution for insulting Muslim worshippers because of comparisons between Islam and Nazism made by Geert Wilders".
Pamela Geller has lent her support to a number of other political causes. She has been a strong defender of former Serbian president Slobodan Milošević, and has denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps in the 1990s. She has also claimed that black South Africans are launching a "genocide" against whites and expressed support for the far right and violent English Defence League.
Eric Boehlert, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America said that "Pamela Geller been instrumental, she has whipped up hatred in the right-wing blogosphere and now that's spilled out into the wider community.
Controversial postings on "Atlas Shrugs" have included a number of false claims, including that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan (who is Jewish) supports Nazi ideology (accompanied by a fake picture of her in a Nazi uniform), a video suggesting that Muslims have sex with goats, a doctored photo showing President Obama urinating on an American flag and false claims that Obama's mother was involved in pornography and that Obama "was involved with a crack whore in his youth".
Pamela Geller has also used her site to accuse President Obama of anti-Semitism and doing the bidding of "Islamic overlords," while posting an essay suggesting, without any evidence, that the President is the "love child" of Malcolm X.
During an RT Television News interview, reporter Lauren Lister repeatedly questioned Geller's claim that she is not anti-Muslim, at one point calling attention to Geller's having posted a drawing of Muhammad on her blog with the face of a pig superimposed over his own. Geller responded by saying "I don't know where it is in America that you can't make jokes or make fun."
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