Quite the love story.
Via NBC News:
[D]uring an exclusive interview from jail, LaRose says she still believes that Islam saved her.
“I survived a lot of things that should have rightfully killed me,” she says of drug use, rape and incest. “I also thought there was a purpose for me to be alive and then when I found Islam, I thought… ‘This is why I have lived so long.’”
U.S. sentencing guidelines suggest LaRose could be jailed for 30 years to life.
Her intended victim, the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, says he believes LaRose has served enough time already.
“They should let her go,” Vilks says. “Now that she is known, they can keep an eye on her.”
Today, in jail, LaRose expresses few regrets. “I did everything I did for the love of my ummah”, the Muslim community, she says. “Whatever happens to me, it’s my destiny. Whatever time they give me, it’s already predestined for me. So I’m not worried.”
With limited access to media in prison, LaRose says she hadn’t heard that the U.S. government held up her case as one that “underscores the evolving nature of violent extremism” and demonstrates a “very real danger lurking on the Internet.”
LaRose also hadn’t realized that her arrest caused so much buzz back in 2009 — that Katie Couric had opened the CBS Evening News with her story, declaring that prosecutors were warning that this “petite woman from the Philadelphia suburbs” now “represents the new face of terrorism.”
“Wow,” LaRose says, almost tickled by the characterization. Then, after a momentary pause: “Well, they’re right.”
Confined to a cell, often for 23 hours a day, LaRose has nonetheless found a new path toward love.
She has discovered a makeshift Internet that exists within the walls of the federal prison in Philadelphia: If she scoops enough water from her toilet bowl, LaRose can communicate with other inmates by speaking through the sewer pipes — they call it “talking on the bowls.”
By talking on the bowls, LaRose fell for a new man. She knows little about him other than what he has told her. But she finds him wise, compassionate and righteous. He is not a Muslim but promises to convert when he gets out. That way, they can marry and be happy.
Colleen LaRose believes him.