Has anyone else noticed that the only narrative being propagated by on the slow motion honor killing case are thelies and deception of Rifqa Bary's devout Muslim family and their lawyers? The only opportunity Americans had to hear Rifqa Bary's story was on a youtube video I pulled off a raw news feed.
Amy Edwards, the latest subjugated sycophant at the now notorious Orlando Sentinel, "broke"" this Christian smear. Did she fact check? Did she vet it?
The poor excuse for a reporter, Amy Edwards, (whom I called but had not returned my call) "breaks" the story with this:
A hand-written note on a caregiver home study conducted on Blake and Beverly Lorenz, pastors of Global Revolution Church, said an initial DCF study was approved "prior to being informed that the pastor's family was involved with possibly helping the child run away from Ohio."
Did Edwards read the copy of Petition for Dependency by Rifqa’s Lawyer, with detailed facts of the case? Of course not. The story says that the missing persons report was filed on the 29th. Another report says that they waited 10 days. This report says they filed on the 19th. So I ask Ms. industrious Edwards: what is she looking at? The DCF report has been cited inaccurately, from my understanding.
John Stemburger also states that the DCF received reports of Rifqa's abuse on 8/5 and 8/7. Earth to Amy.
The media has terrorized Rifqa, the empathetic Pastor and his lovely wife. They are victims of this Kafkaesque trial. Nowhere is the violent ideology behind these heinous murders spoken of -- Christianity is the villain. The Pastor is fair game, any lie, any "cultish" innuendo alluding to nothing makes headlines. Not a word about Islamic misogyny and subjugation.
Just for knowing, this is not about the Pastor, it's about Rifqa.
The reporter, Amy Edwards, from the Orlando Sentinel
finally returned my call after I posted that my calls were not being returned (someone at the Sentinel is reading Atlas). Mind you, she returned my call after she posted an ad looking for Islamic apologists to shill for (see below).
I asked her why the Sentinel was only printing the fallacious narrative of the devout, abusive parents. Why were they acting as a printing press for the parents' press releases without vetting the lies?
I asked where was the investigative journalism? Why hadn't she interviewed Rifqa's friends? Where was the investigation into the Noor Mosque and the danger it posed to Rifqa's life? Why no background on the victims of honor killings in the US and Canada?
Edwards could not answer me. She said she got Rifqa's story from Rifqa's parents. Huh? Edwards said that they tried to speak to the Pastor but he was out of the country. So I asked why run a story based on the "possible" involvement of the Pastor in Rifqa's escape from terror? She said it was in a DCF document. I said, So what? Why that? It doesn't advance the story (and it's wrong). Why pick up that singular fact of all the overwhelming evidence that what Rifqa is saying is true? What has that got to do with Rifqa? This is about Rifqa. Reporters like Edwards will have a hand in this girl's fate. How flippant, cavalier, evil she is with human life. Edwards and those like her have a responsibility to report what actually happened. Is that asking too much?
Edwards defended her paper's position. I said it was not at all balanced. She thought that it was and recommended I "write a ". I recommended that she do some investigation and not be the mouthpiece for a devout and violent ideology.
Wait, it gets better. Urban Infidel got this after I called out Edwards:
[Emphasis mine. Did Edwards think that the parents would say, yes we fully intend to kill her, thankyouverymuch. And who does Edwards think will contact her. Shills, that's who.]
|6. MEDIA/TODAY: Media Attention of Muslim/Christian Convert -- Orlando Sentinel (FL)||TOP^|
I have been covering the story about Fathima Rifqa Bary, an Ohio teen who ran away to Florida because she feared her Muslim family would hurt or kill her because she converted to Christianity. Since the news broke, her story has attracted national media attention. taken to the extremes on both sides -- ranging from those who think Bary will be a victim of honor killings, and those who think the Orlando pastors who have sheltered her are crazy. I'm trying to who could say why this case has drawn the attention it has -- and would it outside of religion. Contact: Amy Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org
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How funny is this? G-d forbid this reporter get off her ass and actually do her job. Pick up a phone. Talk to Rifqa's friends.
Like I said, pathetic.
Please call Governor Crist (Florida) and beg him to keep the case and call or fax Governor Strickland of Ohio and implore him NOT TO ASK FOR THE CASE. Contact info here.
And pray hard for Rifqa.