Rifqa hearing today

Rifqa Bary

Rifqa Bary

Today is the scheduled hearing in Ohio for young Rifqa Bary to determine her final status: if she will be returned to her parents, allowed to remain with foster parents until she turns 18, or possibly another arrangement.

If you have not been following her story, here is a quick recap. Four years ago, Rifqa became a Christian as a girl of 13 years of age. She successfully hid her religious conviction from her Muslim family until earlier this year, when her father discovered she had been reading the Bible. According to Rifqa’s testimony, her father threatened to kill her. She then fled to Florida to seek protection with a Christian minister she had been conversing with online. The family attorney successfully argued for her return to Ohio based on jurisdictional grounds and won.

Meanwhile, CAIR even got involved. When the Florida Department of Law Enforcement interviewed Rifqa’s parents, a representative of CAIR was present. Why? For intimidation? To pressure the FDLE for a favorable report? We will really never know. Nor will we really never have a complete understanding of what Rifqa’s parents may have said had CAIR not been present.

But the bottom line is that this young woman’s life is in danger. She has been threatened with death by her father, who is fully capable of carrying out that threat. Yet our law enforcement and media continue to downplay the threat, in spite of many similar stories that have surfaced over the past few years: Amina and Sarah Said, Aqsa Parvez, Sandeela Kanwal, Assiya Hassan, the Shafii family.

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