Rifqa Bary’s saga has all the drama of a theatrical event. The good, the bad and the ugly of this teenage girl’s tale has caught the spotlight and been told the world over. The latest court decision is celebrated with cautious victory, as there are still some battles to fight in the war.
This seventeen year old girl fled her home in Ohio for the refuge of a family in Florida after Bary’s father threatened to kill her for turning from Muslim to the Christian faith. Apostasy in the realm of extreme Islam is a crime punishable by death, and so she ran for her life. It is the ugly truth. The Florida courts sent her to the Ohio jurisdiction where she remains in the custody of Department of Children and Family services.
A recent ruling keeps this brave girl out of her parents reach, still in the custody of Ohio DCF until her eighteenth birthday in August. That’s good news. Bary pled guilty to being “unruly” and all parties agreed to counseling. Details of the counseling have yet to be revealed. There will be no more dependency hearings.
What’s going on behind the scenes has powerful advocates like Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, keeping a close watch on the situation. In an interview with Front Page Mag.com, Gellar noted that “Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas front CAIR has found out where Rifqa is living. Omar Tarazi (the CAIR appointed attorney) knows the address of Rifqa Bary’s foster home.” This is bad news for a girl in hiding. This celebrated blogger strongly believes a “change of venue” is in order. Bary is also being kept in isolation, and reportedly told her lawyer she is “sad and lonely.” This type of treatment is akin to how Muslims would treat someone who abandoned their faith; isolation until a recantment.
Pastor Jamal Jivanjee is a close friend and advocate of Bary. While he celebrates the victory of the latest news, this devout Christian toldFox News that caution is necessary as danger still lurks near. Jivanjee has received death threats from extreme Muslims for his role in the life of this convert. Face book threats abound as other members of the Islam faith believe this apostate should be put to death. This case is being set forth as an example to others who want the freedom to choose their own faith without fear of reprisal. There are many that would like to snuff the life out of a young teenager who simply wants to worship her Lord.
The good, the bad and the ugly is being played out in the media, but the real future of a young girl on the eve of adulthood hangs in the balance.
Keep praying for Rifqa Bary. May freedom ring.