If she is sent back to her family, she could be killed, in accord with the death penalty that is prescribed by all Muslim sects and schools for those who leave Islam. But will an American judge fall for the smooth lies of the Islamic apologists who are sure to appear? Or will he opt for this girl’s safety?
And how many more such cases are we going to see in America before we say that enough is enough, and call upon Muslims in the U.S. to repudiate and teach against Islam’s traditional apostasy law, or face stiff penalties up to and including deportation?
“Teen Fears For Her Life After Converting From Family”s Faith,” by Kelli Cook for Central Florida News 13, August 11 (thanks to all who sent this in):
ORLANDO – An Ohio runaway teenager, Christianity and the Muslim religion met head-on Monday during a custody dispute in an Orlando courtroom.
The girl, 17-year-old Rifqa Bary, recently converted from her family’s faith to Christianity and she is worried about her family’s reaction to her change in faith.
“She says her life is in danger and she could be killed in an honor killing,” Rosa Gonzalez, the teen’s lawyer, said after the hearing. “Unfortunately it happens every day in the U.S.”
The young woman has been staying with an Orlando family she met through a prayer group on Facebook for several weeks.
The teen had been staying with Beverly Lorenz and her husband, pastors of the newly launched Global Revolution Church in Orlando. Bary is now in the custody of the Department of Children And Families.
Lorenz said the teen hitchhiked to a Greyhound station in Ohio, and then took a bus to Orlando.
The girl asked Lorenz if she could come to her house. Even though she barely knew the girl, Lorenz said it was OK.
The teen, a non-citizen, told Lorenz she was fearful that her father would send her to Sri Lanka.
After the girl arrived in Orlando, Lorenz said they called an abuse hotline and started calling lawyers, asking what they should do.
Another hearing is scheduled on Friday. However, DCF officials say it a matter to be decided by Ohio authorities.
Pamela has photos and much more detail about this case.