Here’s one to chew on at lunchtime:
In July, a 17 year-old young lady named Rifqa Bary ran away from her family in Columbus, Ohio. The girl’s parents reported her missing to Columbus police, who found her two weeks later in Florida where she’d goneÂ to joinÂ Rev. Blake Lorenz and his church, the Global Revolution Church in Orlando. She’d heardÂ about the church on Facebook.
Rifqa is Muslim. Well, her family is Muslim. That’s the tradition in which she was raised. As a result, her parents are very upset that she “converted”.
The teenager, in a sworn affidavit, claims her father, Mohamed Bary, 47, was pressured by the mosque the family attends in Ohio to “deal with the situation.” In the court filing, Rifqa Bary stated her father said, “If you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me!” The teenager claims her father added, “I will kill you!”
In addition, the girl claims other forms of abuse in the past, including being punched in the face by her father for being ashamed of wearing the Muslim headscarf called a hijab.
The father says the claims are false,Â insisting his family is not like that. And her mother points out that Rifqa was a cheerleader in Ohio, and that she’s allowed a Facebook page, which she claims indicates the parents are not extremists.
But even ifÂ Mohamed Bary’s remarks are incorrect as quoted, and even if the accusations of physical abuse are unfounded, there are other players in this drama waiting in the wings to totallyÂ screw things up.
John Stemberger, Rifqa Bary’s attorney and president of the Christian advocacy organization Florida Family Policy Council, accused the parents’ Ohio mosque of having ties to terrorism and radical Islam.
Holy hell! They’ve called inÂ a conservative Christian attorney to settle a dispute among Muslim family members? What’s next? David Duke hosts Soul Train?
There is fear, even if it is manufactured by the Christians in this play, that should the girl return to Ohio, she could be killed by Muslims outside of her family. Stemberger saysÂ Rifqa is ripe for apostate killing or mercy killing by someone in her family’s mosque.
Whoa! Things sure getÂ whacky when you have more than one deity pulling the puppet strings.
Now there is a very good chance this young lady simply has issues that go no further than her own emotional immaturity, and this is how those issues have been manifested. But by going from one religious setting to a different religious setting has done nothing but add irrational fuel to an alreadyÂ unstable fire.
It may be that the only rational player in this fiasco is the court, if you can believe that, as they have placed the girl in a foster home until they can sort everything out.
I sincerely hope this young lady is in no real danger, but it’ll be fun to see who gets to claim theirÂ god is stronger at the end of all this.