While most 17-year-old girls dream of high school proms, Fathima Rifqa Bary fears for her life. The Ohio teen fled her parents’ home after her father allegedly threatened to kill her for converting from Islam to Christianity. Now in foster care in Florida, she awaits a court decision that could force her to return to Ohio, to the father she fears.
Rifqa’s father denies threatening her life, yet his disclaimer is suspicious, especially given his attorney’s work for the Council on America-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which denies any connection at all between Islam and “honor” killings — a denial contradicted by Islamic law itself and by documented cases of such murders here in the United States.
Of course, Rifqa’s conversion would be a non-issue if it were from Christianity to Islam. And it is an interesting contrast to our recent report of a New Hampshire court’s ordering of a Christian homeschooled girl to attend public school for “exposure to different points of view.” Parental rights remain an issue not to be taken lightly — indeed, too often, they are when the shoe is on the other foot — but Rifqa’s very life could be at stake. Florida authorities argue her concern is “subjective and speculative,” but if she is returned to Ohio and murdered, what then? Who would be held accountable? Florida officials? Not likely.
In related news, Muslims held a prayer rally at the U.S. Capitol Friday. One of the chief organizers was Hassen Abdellah, a lawyer who has previously represented Islamic terrorists, including some involved with both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The objective was to display their patriotism and religious freedom — two things that non-Muslims definitely do not enjoy in Islamic countries.
Now, can anyone say “Domestic Violence?” I knew ya’ could!