What happens to those who work for positive change in Islamic communities? Look at Seyran Ates. Where is the Vast Majority of Moderates to stick up for her and allow her to continue her work?
By Donald Snyder for FoxNews, with thanks to Fjordman:
BERLIN “” Seyran Ates opened a loose-leaf notebook in her fourth floor apartment in the center of Berlin and flipped through the pages of hate mail. She read the letters in a monotone. The 43-year-old Turkish-born attorney had the face of a weary warrior.
o “You should receive the highest punishment possible for your nasty, dirty existence.”
o “You are a Nazi. You support the racists that hate Turks.”
o “How can you betray us, you whore.”
In June, an enraged husband attacked Ates in a courthouse as she accompanied his wife, a client who was about to start divorce proceedings. “You whore. What ideas have you been putting into my wife’s head?” the assailant shouted as he beat his wife and attempted to strike Ates.
For 20 years Ates has endured attacks and threats from Turkish men as she represented the wives who accused them of abuse and sought divorces. She has been shot and badly wounded, she has been beaten, and she receives daily death threats. Police guard her home.
Now she has decided to give up her Berlin law practice, because it is too dangerous to continue.