Rifqa Bary said she ran to Orlando to save her life, but her father and the Islamic Society of Central Florida say she's being "brainwashed by a cult", "kidnapped by a cult", that she's a "rebel", a "troubled teen". Well, which is it?
Brainwashed by a cult? Which is the cult? One that calls for the murder of a daughter who shames the family by not wearing the proper head dress, or wanting to live a free life, or dating the wrong Muslim boy, or choosing another religion? Or is it the religion that offers sanctuary?
Rifqa Bary's father is alleging that she was "brainwashed by the Pastor" of a church. Pastor Lorenz refutes that and says that Rifqa had been a Christian for four years, "long before he met her".
Let's look at the facts.
Below is Rifqa's myspace page - last log in 2007. She had already converted by then. Rifqa told Pastor Lorenz she converted four years ago - the myspace page is evidence of at least two years.
More my space screenshots here
There's more evidence on that same myspace page. Check out the choice of "Christian layout" and her favorite movie "A Walk to Remember" (a good Christian flick that I love watching with my kinderlach). The movie is about a Pastor's daughter, a good Christian girl who changes the life of a popular but rebellious teenage boy through her indomitable spirit, purity and goodness.
A Walk to Remember found a warm reception in the Christian community due to the film's pandering; as one reviewer approvingly noted, "The main character is portrayed as a Christian without being psychopathic or holier-than-thou" (Wikipedia here)
Further, under Rifqa's favorite book, there is a small icon of a page from the bible. The passage highlighted? Love is patient. Notice how it's all done cryptically, as if she is hiding. JC is Jesus Christ. The movie is a Christian movie. The book is the bible. And this is 2007.
The family that is accusing her of lying and saying "she is free to practice her Christianity" is a devout Muslim family. It was the members of the family's mosque that alerted Rifqa's father of her conversion to Christianity. The devout family's mosque ratted Rifqa out. How can this girl be safe?
The Islamic Society of Central Florida President Imam Muhammad Musri wonders if Rifqa is "nothing more than a troubled teen" and a "rebel teenager running away from home".
Let's look at the hard facts.
When I first ran the story of a missing teen in Ohio here on August 3rd, she was feared dead - my headline was, "Fathima Rifqa Bary: I hope she got away". The report said, "according to police, the girl's friends told detectives that it was possible she
ran away because of conflicting religious beliefs in her home".
Counter Jihad blog has this update from Rifqa's friend:
I know that her dad is a threat to her, because I am friends with her and have heard her talk about it. In addition, when she took off and ran, I was one of the last people to talk to her via cell phone and as a result her dad started obsessively calling me and being very harsh and threatening towards me, while demanding that i tell him where she went to.
all of this "troubled teen" propaganda is a yarn spun (taqiya) to con the
authorities into sending this girl back to a dangerous and deadly
situation. She is not only in jeopardy from her father and other family
members but from all devout Muslims. She committed the worst of all sins, apostasy. And she broke the code of silence.
Dad Says Runaway Daughter Is Brainwashed By Cult WESH TV Orlando
Fathima Bary converted to Christianity and said her Muslim father threatened to kill her for dishonoring the family. Her father is on the defense, while the Islamic Society of Central Florida said its faith doesn't condone murder and wonders if the religious runaway is nothing more than a troubled teen.
"It's completely false," said father Mohamed Bary. "Honestly, it's not my daughter who is speaking."
Mohamed Bary said he denies he ever threatened to kill his 17-year-old daughter for turning her back on the family's Muslim faith by becoming a Christian. He said he believes the Ohio girl fled to Florida last month after being brainwashed by the pastor of Global Revolution Church of Orlando, who she met on Facebook.
Rifqa Bary says: "And I had a laptop and he took that laptop and waved it in the air and he was about to beat me with it, and he said, 'If you have this Jesus in your heart, you’re dead to me. You’re not my daughter.' And I refused to speak but he said, 'I will kill you. Tell me the truth.' In these words, bad words, cuss words. So I knew that I had to get away."
She hitchhiked to the bus and took a Greyhound from Ohio to Florida. How is that a kidnapping?
The Rev. Blake Lorenz spoke with WESH 2 News earlier this week.
"She's just afraid for life," he said.
"She has been a Christian for four years, long before we ever met her," he said.
Fathima Bary is in protective custody in Central Florida, but Lorenz said he believes she won't be safe if the court returns the religious runaway to her family. He said former Muslim followers call it an "honor killing."
"There's no such thing as honor killing in the Koran," said Islamic Society of Central Florida President Imam Muhammad Musri.
Murder is unjust killing. To say that their faith doesn't condone murder doesn't address the real question: does their faith consider the killing of an apostate to be a just action? If so, then to kill Rifqa wouldn't be murder at all, but an act of justice. Yet again we see a Muslim group using weasel words instead of condemning genuine injustice. This statement still leaves Rifqa's life at risk. (thanks to Robert Spencer)
Musri said, like Christians, Muslims believe killing someone is murder. He said, while there are extremists in every religion, he hopes Fathima Bary isn't hiding behind faith to find freedom.
Show me one Jew or one Christian who has been murdered by their family for such an act. I can find you thousands upon thousands of Muslims.
Musri added "hiding behind faith to find freedom" - a very telling quote , is it not?
"Is she a rebel teenager running away from home, or is she really in danger?" Musri said.
That's the question that the Department of Children and Families is asking. There's another custody hearing for Fathima Bary next Friday.
Further, let's look at how the newspaper Pakistan Daily describes Rifqa Bary. Notice the headline says pregnant, but nowhere in the article do they write about it. It's just an Islamic smear campaign against a brave young girl fighting for her life, and it's vile.
A very disconcerting video is being shown by the Christan church. A minor Sri Lankan girl belonging to well to do parents has been kidnapped by a church in Ohio and being kept away from the legal guardians and parents of the girl. The family maintains that the girls was into drugs, promiscuous behaviour and raunchy messages on facebook. She was discussing sex with multiple older married men. When the parents tried to control her behaviour she refused to do so. On her return to the home she conjured up a story of conversion to Christianity. There are serious accusations against the church on holding a minor girl in custody against the will of her guardians and parents.
How many more girls will the church kidnap?
Media reports indicate that the Muslim father denies his daughter’s charge that he plans to take her life in an “honor killing” because of her conversion to Christianity.
This is what they do all the time. Destroy the truth tellers.
I will be on the Young Gun Conservative Radio show Monday night at 7pm. They will be interviewing Rifka Bary's parents' lawyer. I will provide the counterpoint. Listen live at 7pm (click on YGC Radio at the top of the page on the right).
Previous Atlas posts on Rifqa: The Case for Rifqa Bary
PLEASE HELP SAVE THIS TEENAGE GIRL: "They have to kill me. My blood is now halal which means because I am now a Christian, I am from a Muslim background, it is an honor. If they [my family] love god more than me, they have to kill me"