Rifqa to Return to Life-Threatening Parents, Judge Orders

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Update: Personal Failure unwittingly brings up a good point: Our legal system would have protected Rifqa had she gotten pregnant and wanted an abortion, but it leaves her in danger of her life for becoming a Christian. What has this country come to?

An Ohio judge may have just set up another "honor killing," common in extreme Muslim cultures when a family member leaves the religion. From American Thinker:

Rifqa Bary must return to her parents in Ohio

Rick Moran

[...]A brief synopsis of the story; a 17 year old girl converts to Christianity and fears that she will be killed by her family. She runs away to Florida with the help of some Christian pastors and for the last couple of months, she has fought to stay there.

According to CNN , that fight is now over:

The ruling was a victory for parents Mohamed and Aysha Bary, who had requested that their daughter's custody be transferred to Ohio while other issues in the case are settled. The teen's attorney, John Stemburger, who leads a Christian advocacy organization, opposed the move.

Seventeen-year-old Rifqa Bary left her family in Columbus, Ohio, in July and took refuge in the home of a minister in Orlando, Florida. The girl was later moved into foster care after she said in an affidavit that her Muslim father had threatened her after finding out about her conversion. Her father has denied the allegation.

In Tuesday's ruling, Judge Daniel Dawson said it was in Bary's best interest for her emergency custody continue in Ohio.

The transfer will not happen until the teen's immigration status is determined, however, the judge said.

Attorneys for the parents, who are from Sri Lanka, said required immigration documents will be submitted to the court within two weeks. A status hearing has been set for October 23 in case the paperwork has not been filed.

The ruling follows months of legal wrangling, including the affidavit from the teenager claiming that her father was pressured by the family's mosque in Ohio to "deal with the situation," referring to her conversion. In an earlier court filing, Rifqa Bary alleged that her father said, "If you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me!" The teenager claims her father added, "I will kill you!" Mohamed Bary, 47, has denied the accusations.

Perhaps we'll never know how much truth is in young Rifqa's words. It is obvious that she was genuinely frightened. But was she imagining the danger? The father swears he never threatened her and that she can practice any religion she chooses. But I have a feeling if the father had said those things, Ms. Bary would not have run
away. [...]

Did you catch that? She's 17 anyways! Why not have the state hold on to her for another year until she becomes an adult to prevent the significant chance that the family will wisk her off to Siri Lanka and kill her for becoming a Christian? Do you think if her family had been extremist Christians and she converted to Muslim the judge would have ruled the same way?


Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me!!! How is this sane?

PersonalFailure said...

How is this sane? There's no evidence that she is in any danger at all, that's why.

Rifqa was a cheerleader. According to her, her father is such a fundamentalist that he would kill his own daughter, but he allowed that same daughter to prance around half naked for all the world to see? Does that make sense?

Sri Lanka has a very small Muslim community, and reports no honor killings. I think this girl is afraid- of the huge amount of trouble she is going to get into for embarrassing her parents and running away from home- not because anyone is going to kill her.

I can always count on PF to give the irrational opposing view to whatever I post on this blog. Who needs a strawman when you got her easy arguments.
1. If any other kid claimed that their parents threatened them multiple times that they would kill them, would the judge rule to send them back home?
2. What do you think this "huge amount of trouble" will mean? Yelling? Grounding? Beating? Remember, this daughter is almost an adult in her own right.
3. Though she may have been a cheerleader, it is clear from the testimony of Rifqa and her classmates that she behaved quite differently than the other students and did not participate in any "prancing around half-naked."

PF, why are you against this young woman's rights to follow her conscience and strike out on her own path in spite of her parents' wishes? Is it because she is a fundamentalist Christian? Is it because she doesn't need an abortion? Why the cruel double-standard?

Anonymous said...

Didn't Rifqa's friends confirm that Rifqa never wore her cheerleading outfit around her dad? They said she always put on the warm-up pants and top for fear of what he would do. That indicates to me that he probably was oppressive in his beliefs. I fear that this young woman's life is in danger based on the father and other family member's comments. I hope she is not brought out of the country

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