Attorney Says Radical Muslim Hacked Pro-Family Group’s Website

by | Sep 13, 2010 | Charisma Archive

A Florida attorney who represented runaway convert Rifqa Bary says his organization’s website was destroyed by a radical Muslim hacker because of his involvement in the teen’s case.

John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council in Orlando, said a hacker left obscene messages on the council’s website Friday before disabling its back-end controls and erasing most of the data.

A message left in broken wording and signed by “Jhon Tairy” said the site was hacked because of the council’s views about “Great Islam.”

Stemberger said the site’s content management system, data and coding were corrupted. Because there was no backup for the website, he said it will have to be rebuilt at a cost of $20,000, half of which has been donated by a supporter.

Stemberger represented teen convert Rifqa Bary for several weeks last year before her case was moved from Florida to Columbus, Ohio, where her parents live.

Bary sought independence from her Muslim parents after running away to Florida in July 2009, claiming they threatened to kill her for converting to Christianity. Bary’s parents deny those claims, and an investigation found no evidence to support the teen’s accusations.

Bary, however, gained legal independence from her parents when she turned 18 last month. A native of Sri Lanka, she also has been granted permanent legal residence in the U.S.

In his support of Bary, Stemberger argued that the mosque the teen’s parents attended near Columbus had ties to international terrorist groups and supported alleged “honor killings.” He sent a memorandum to the court documenting his claims, which was posted online and widely inflamed Muslims.

Although Bary’s case has largely been resolved, Stemberger said the hacker may have been motivated by recent media reports about a $10 million defamation lawsuit filed against Stemberger last week.

In the suit, attorney Omar Tarazi, who represented Bary’s parents in Ohio, claims Stemberger falsely accused him of being linked to the Columbus-area mosque that allegedly had ties to terrorists. He also said Stemberger damaged his reputation in interviews on Fox News.

Stemberger is also the focus of a Florida Bar investigation into possible ethics violations for statements he made about Bary’s case.

Tarazi’s suit also names blogger Pamela Oshry, who writes under the name Pamela Geller at the website Atlas Shrugged. Tarazi claims she falsely reported that he joined Hamas and was paid by groups with terrorist connections, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Stemberger said he plans to report the hacking to the FBI. He believes the policy council was targeted because it was mentioned in recent reports about the lawsuit. The council is separate from Stemberger’s personal-injury law firm and advocates for socially conservative political candidates and issues.

In 2008, it successfully lobbied for a gay marriage ban in Florida and supported a recent bill that would have required women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and have the image explained to them. The measure passed in the Florida Legislature but was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

The Church Revived: 3 Keys to the Emerging Move of God

The Church Revived: 3 Keys to the Emerging Move of God

During the past two years, I believe the church at large has been in a season of returning to God. Repentance is crucial when it comes to revival. Scripture shows a clear pattern that repentance precedes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (see Joel 2:12-28 and Acts...

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

RECENT ARTICLES

Bill Johnson: Reformers Are Arising to Transform Our World for Christ

Throughout history, reformers have lived with the conviction of the superiority of the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform individual lives, communities, and ultimately, nations. Recently I had the...
37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest