Z Street is a new Jewish advocacy organization; it has already shown courage and vision by supporting Rifqa Bary, the girl who converted from Islam to Christianity and now says she is fighting for her life by fleeing from her family after her father threatened to kill her.
THE MEDIA ISN”T INTERESTED WHEN MUSLIM PARENTS MAKE CREDIBLE DEATH THREATS AGAINST THEIR TEENAGE CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY, BUT THEY “˜RELIGIOUSLY” CONDEMN PRAYER IN SCHOOL AND OTHER NON-MUSLIM RELIGIOUS EXPRESSIONS
On Thursday, September 3, Florida Circuit judge Daniel Dawson will decide whether a 17 year old girl can practice her chosen religion in a safe environment, or if she will be shipped back to her family where she faces imminent danger and possibly murder.
Z STREET, a new Zionist organization committed to opposing terrorism and oppressive Muslim law, stands behind this teenager and supports her decision to both choose her own religion and to choose freedom from harm, even – especially – from her own family.
Rifqa Bary chose to clandestinely practice Christianity approximately four years ago. She kept her religious choice private because she knew her parents, strict Muslims who attend a local mosque just outside of Columbus, Ohio, would never permit her to leave Islam. A former scholar at her parents” radical mosque, a Hamas cleric, was eventually banned from the United States. Columbus is a suspected nucleus of al Qaeda activity in the United States.
Mosque members informed Rifqa’s parents about her Christianity. Bruises on her arms and other parental abuse – including death threats – led Rifqa to flee her home and run to the security of a church in Florida. While in Florida, Rifqa filed a legal petition to remain there and not be shipped back to Ohio.
Much of this story”s (relatively scarce) media attention has prominently mentioned that the church leader from whom Rifqa sought refuge is an evangelical Christian. Reverand Blake Lorenz was accused by Rifqa’s father of kidnapping and brainwashing his daughter. Lorenz’s church has been called a “fringe cult.”
“The media’s willingness to publicize smears against conservative Christianity, while failing to focus on the centuries-long dictates of Islam which demands converts be killed and which honors those killers, usually family members, is appalling,” said Z STREET co-founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus.
The choice of the Florida court on September 3 is to allow Rifqa to freely and safely practice her chosen religion, or condemn her to return to her family who are strict adherents of a religion that officially considers it an honor for a family member to kill an apostate – someone who chooses a religion other than Islam.
Rifqa recognizes the immensity of the court’s decision: “I want to worship Jesus freely, that’s what I want. I don’t want to die.”
The press has largely ignored this life and death decision which pits Muslim parents against their teenage daughter who chose Christianity over Islam. Islam dictates the parents” actions – let’s hope judicial sagacity and respect for human life guide the judge’s. And that the love of our country”s First Amendment and respect for International human rights guides the press.