By now, it was expected Rifqa Bary to be declared a dependent of the state of Ohio. This would have ensured her protection (as a minor) from any harm that may befall her as punishment for converting to Christianity from Islam.
The hearing previously scheduled for December 22, 2009 did not address Rifqa Bary’s motion to become a ward of the state of Ohio. Instead, the December 22nd hearing served to address a motion by the attorney representing the parents of Rifqa. The motion was to request a meeting with Rifqa for the purpose of re-educating Rifqa in Islam, concerning consequences for apostacy. The Bary’s have stated Rifqa does not understand Islam and she is falsely concerned for her welfare.
The trial to determine if Rifqa wil become a ward of the state of Ohio is scheduled for January 28, 2010.
It was determined on December 22 that Rifqa would not be forced to meet with her parents. Rifqa’s attorney stated that Rifqa lived in the household of her parents for 17 years and it would be unreasonable to consider Rifqa had not clearly understood what Islam threatens for apostacy. The hearing also determined Rifqa would not be forced into isolation, being denied visits or phone calls from 3rd parties.
The resulting comfort Rifqa gained from that hearing, quickly turned to dispare as the organization known as C.A.I.R. (Council on American Islamic Relations) filed a motion that basically does, officially and logistically bar any 3rd party communication with Rifqa. Rather than all written material being given to Rifqa via her attorney, the court approved the motion from C.A.I.R. to use the services of the court appointed ‘Guardian ad Litem’ (G.A.L.) for Rifqa.
Regulations are further enforced as the C.A.I.R. attorney brought to the attention of the court that Foster children are not guaranteed rights to receive phone calls and visits while in foster care.
C.A.I.R. has succeeded in their goal to discourage Rifqa. As of the December 22, 2009, Rifqa has had no approved visitation list or an approved communication list, (per statement from Jamal Jivanjee, Executive Ddirector of Illuminate; an organization whose goal is to ignite a passion in the church at large).
The director of Children’s services may be the best person to contact about the abusive restrictions that are being put on Rifqa. Emails should be polite, yet direct. His name is Eric Fenner, and he can be contacted at this address: