Friday, August 21, 2009

Fathima Bary: Potential Martyr?

Today at 3:15 p.m. Eastern, a court in Orlando, Florida, will decide whether a 17-year-old runaway in foster care will be returned to her parents. Her reason for running away? She converted to Christianity, and she fears that her Muslim family will carry out a so-called "honor killing."

Fathima Rifqa Bary, 17, an honor student and cheerleader, converted to Christianity four years ago through interactions with classmates at school, and hid her faith from her family until last month. Her family has petitioned to have her returned to Columbus, Ohio, where she faces very real danger.


Atlas Shrugs' Pamela Geller has followed Bary's case closely, reporting that the girl's friends accompanied her to the school counselor after they noticed bruises covering her arms and legs that allegedly resulted from beatings by her father and brother.

"The middle school, in a serious dereliction of duty, did not report these beatings to child welfare services," Geller reported. "Beatings were random, violent, unprovoked. Take, for example, when Rifqa and her father Mohamed were driving in the car. He would force her to wear the hijab (head covering), which she hated. In her discomfort she would slouch down, embarrassed, and her father would haul off and sock her in the face so that she never forgot to sit up straight in her costume. The beatings were regular and so much a part of the landscape of Rifqa's life, she became inured to them …"

Fathima, who is of Sri Lankan descent, hitchhiked her way to a bus station and ran away from home on July 19 fearing for her life. She was placed in foster care in Florida, and today, a jurisdictional hearing will be held to determine whether the case will be heard in Florida or Ohio. Some legal analysts have said that she will most likely be returned to her family in Ohio as there is no emancipation law there. Such a law exists in Florida, however, but it requires parental consent.

Bary warned that if she is forced to return to her family in Ohio, she will die "within a week."

Click here to read more about this brave young woman who could be a martyr for her faith.

I would hope that the juvenile court in Orlando upholds Fathima's right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Should they side with her family, they are just as culpable in her death if her family goes through with carrying out punishment for disgracing Islam under Sharia law.

Please pray that the courts do the right thing in protecting this girl from the horrors of "The Religion of Peace." I know I will be.


Bungalow Bill said...

I thought 17 year olds have the right to leave home. Have they lost that freedom as well? I would never advocate that with the exception of cases of abuse and Islamic nutty upbringing.

blackandgoldfan said...

BB: It's only acceptable for a 17-year-old to leave home if her intolerant Christian parents try to make her go to church.

It makes my heart ache to think that a young life could be snuffed out because we're tolerating radical Islam taking over the justice system bit by bit.

The Keeper Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK) said...

This is some major BS.

We all have to keep a eye out for Sharia Creep so that we do not end up like Europe.

blackandgoldfan said...

KOOK: How well I agree with you. Can I get an "AMEN" from the congregation???

whisperycat said...

Well the girls parents are behaving like barbarians, but if US law allows the girl to be sent back to her parents, then US law will stand indicted of far more wilfull, evil violence and stupidity than any religion.

blackandgoldfan said...

whisperycat: For now, this girl is safe until the next hearing.

Should she be sent back and killed by her family, that makes the State of Florida just as guilty in my eyes.

thanks for reading!

sayed said...

This is a ridiculous story. She is ofcourse lying or is mistaking facts.I am not muslim, but unlike all the other naive unrattional people still in society I research the religions before making a stereotypical comment. Islam does not commend honor killings. Islam in arabic means peace and no where in Quran does it command a person to live a life like that. Please do your research before sounding like an idiot.

blackandgoldfan said...

Sayed: The research was done by World Net Daily and Pamela Geller at "Atlas Shrugged."

While the word "Islam" may mean "peace," there have been many instances of anything but peace against humanity.

Here's a link for a story written by someone who has researched "honor killings."

Please do some research before sounding like an idiot.

all3open said...

I agree with "sayed". This is obviously a ploy for her to stay away from her parents for whatever reason. This girls father is obviously not going to "honor kill" her. Let's be honest, he would be strung by his testicles. All religions are fairy tales, and this girl is just using the emotions of xstian fanatics against her Islamic parents to get whatever she wants. What 17 year old doesn't want to run away to Florida? Starting some fake holy war is dumb, and spending my tax dollars on this is ridiculous. With that being said the girl is 17 years old. Here in florida the age of sex consent is 17 , so regardless of where she is from, she is here now... and should be allowed to stay if she can support herself. Trying to start a holy way in the process though should get her smote by Santa claus or bigfoot.