Saturday, August 22, 2009

One Honor Killing Averted?

An Ohio Muslim teenager converted to Christianity a few years ago. Out of fear for her life from her father, the young lady ran away from home to Florida.

There is now an ongoing court on whether the 17 year old young lady should be allowed to stay in Florida where she is safe, for now, or be forced to return to her parents in Ohio.

A judge in Florida has ruled, at least temporarily, that she can stay in Florida.

Runaway Christian Convert to Stay in Florida for Now, Judge Rules

A 17-year-old runaway who claims she fled her Muslim family's home in Ohio because she feared becoming the victim of an "honor killing" will stay in Florida — temporarily — a judge ruled Friday.

Rifqa Bary, a Christian convert whose parents are Muslim immigrants from Sri Lanka, will remain in foster care in Florida until another hearing is held Sept. 3.

Rifqa fled to Florida after her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, learned that she was baptized earlier this year without their knowledge. The parents reported her missing to Columbus, Ohio, Police on July 19. Weeks later, using cell phone and computer records, police tracked the girl to the Rev. Blake Lorenz, pastor of the Orlando-based Global Revolution Church.

Florida's Gov. Charlie Crist weighed in on the mater Friday with the following statement: "I am grateful to Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson for his decision to grant Fathima Rifqa Bary the right to remain in Florida. ... We will continue to fight to protect Rifqa's safety and wellbeing as we move forward."

In an emotional six-minute interview with WFTV in Florida, Rifqa, who met Lorenz through an online Facebook group, said she expects to be killed if she is forced to return to Ohio.

"If I had stayed in Ohio, I wouldn't be alive," she said. "In 150 generations in family, no one has known Jesus. I am the first — imagine the honor in killing me."

"There is great honor in that, because if they love Allah more than me, they have to do it. It's in the Koran," said in the interview, which has been posted on
You Tube.

The story got even more interesting further down.

Craig McCarthy, an attorney for Aysha Bary, agreed that the case should be moved back to Ohio and added that the girl's mother is afraid for her safety.

"[Aysha Bary] has shifted to downright frightened, scared of what might confront her publicly on Friday," McCarthy told "She is scared for her family, of losing her daughter, of never knowing the truth of what happened and for her own safety."

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So, the mother is afraid for the girl's life? Is there any more proof that the judge needs to make this decision final?

We need to get away from tip toeing around Islam and call it what it is, an inherently violent and dangerous religion. Instead it enjoys the status as the only religion in the US that actually enjoys protection from discrimination.

Christian? Your fair game for harassment and rulings to limit your right to practice freely. Jewish? Forget it. Muslim? We must show tolerance.

We have heard stories of setting aside special areas for Muslims to practice on the very same colleges in which openly Christian groups are harassed.

Put a crucifix in urine, it's art. Look at a Koran crossly and you are a racist, intolerant bastard.

Liberals decry any mention of Judeo-Christian influence in the US at the same time Obama calls the US "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world".

This article commits the same transgression. Kill a person of any other religion (or lack thereof) and it is murder, your a Muslim and you kill your daughter because she does not agree with your beliefs and it's an honor killing.

Murder is murder and this girl needs to stay away from her possibly dangerous father in Florida.


LASunsett said...

Send the father to talk to me. We will bond over a paintball game in the woods.

Chuck said...

You using the same "paint balls" as Dick Chaney?

Gramma 2 Many said...

Could there possible be any others?
I love how you point out the difference between murder and honor killing.

Brooke said...

Sending her back to Ohio is a death sentence.

The court won't want to hear this one. She will point to the verse in the Koran that says to kill apostates. That makes the whole 'religion of peace' thing look like the bullshit it is.

Hopefully, a lawyer can continue to delay this until Rifqa turns 18.

Your commentary on the special treatment Islam gets is absolutely correct, Chuck!

Chuck said...

Gramma, in my mind there is not a difference.

Brooke, thanks. I thought the same thing, if she could hold out until she is 18, problem solved

MK said...

Well said Chuck, i hope the law doesn't force her to go back to that family, for all we know she might not be in danger, but this is Islam we're talking here, around 5000 women are honor-killed every year by followers of that religion.

To not take that into account is not just ignorant and stupid, it's downright criminal.

Chuck said...

MK, agreed. 5,000? That's repulsive.

Always On Watch said...

I've checked up a bit on the church helping Rifqa. As far as I can tell, the church is reputable and above-board.

I also read on the web this morning that Rifqa will be homeschooled. Good! She'll get personal safety and spiritual feeding.

In my view, the reason that Florida is looking out for Rifqa's safety is that various groups such as Act! For America (Brigitte Gabriel) mobilized and flooded the governor's office with emails containing the facts about Islamic honor killings.

September 3, the next hearing for Rifqa, will tell the tale.

cube said...

Rifqa has a target on her back. I hope she can keep herself safe.

Brooke said...

Yes, now that her father knows where she is located, Rifqa might have an 'accident.'