Alex Grey was removed from his mother's care because he was overweight and the South Carolina authorities blamed the mother because she was not preparing healthy food. Further,the mom, Jerry Grey, has been charged with neglect (and put in jail) for allowing her 14-year old son, Alexander, to reach a dangerous weight (more here).
That said, Rifqa Bary faces death. We have seen these 'honor' murders spiking in the West, partly because the West refuses to acknowledge the motivation behind these heinous crimes. Despite societal denial, these crimes are taking place. Why wouldn't the welfare of this child be the only consideration before the court?
There is a very simple argument that must be made (hat tip Robert Spencer):
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."
Her father says: "Whether she is Christian or whatever religion she adopts, that's O.K. Basically, we want our daughter back."
So it's her word against his. Will Mohamed Bary murder his daughter, or bring about her death? Of course there is no way of knowing. But we do know some things:
1. Mohamed Bary and his wife, pictured right, appear to be devout, observant Muslims -- Mrs. Bary, after all, has her head covered, indicating that they respect at least some, if not all, Islamic laws.
2. Apostasy is a capital crime according to all the Islamic schools of jurisprudence, so that it is not unreasonable to believe that devout Muslims would object to the conversion to Christianity of their daughter, and desire her death.
3. Other Muslim fathers, as I point out here, have appeared to be credible, gentle fellows as they lured their wayward daughters back home -- after they had run away in fear for their lives. And then once they were back home, they murdered them.
In light of those facts, the court would be foolish in the extreme, when it convenes again on August 21, to expose Rifqa Bary to risk. There is no doubt that this would not be done in other child welfare cases -- any reasonable suspicion that the child could be in physical danger is acted upon immediately, and the child removed from the home. For what conceivable reason should this case be different?