Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Rifqa Bary with attorneys Angela Lloyd and Erik Henry
This morning Franklin County Juvenile Court Magistrate Mary Goodrich released Christian convert Rifqa Bary from juvenile supervision, ending hearings regarding possible reunion with her Muslim parents, Mohammed and Aysha, illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka. Judge Mary Goodrich who had ruled in Rifqa’s favor on August 5th had wished her “happy birthday” reaching her majority on this her 18th birthday.
Former Muslim United President, Nonie Darwish added her birthday best wishes to Bary. Darwish welcomed her to consider becoming a member of the group advocating human and civil rights for those who leave Islam in the face of death Fatwas under Sharia.
Still outstanding is the matter of Bary’s application for special juvenile immigration status as an abused underage minor based on filings from her attorneys regarding abuse by her parents, as well as, evidence concerning death threats made against her for her apostasy under Sharia.
Gag orders were lifted so that Rifqa and her attorneys could make statements. Bary wisely chose to remain silent waiting to speak publicly at a more propitious time. The spunky, and brilliant young woman has been through a lot this past year since fleeing her parents’ home in Columbus, Ohio in July, 2009 to be given sanctuary in Orlando by Pastors Beverly and Blake Lorenz. The Lorenzes paid the price when they were fired by their own Church, in part, because of their selfless act of sheltering the teenage runaway. The public series of juvenile court hearings in Florida and Ohio have made Bary’s saga a compelling story about the plight of those who by personal choice leave Islam, often with a history of abuse. Rifqa’s plight was complicated by the discovery and treatment of uterine cancer by surgery and chemotherapy leaving her hopefully cancer free. This is disputed by her estranged Muslim parents seeking more chemotherapy sessions.
The Columbus Dispatch noted the scene in the Franklin County courtroom and the comments of her counsel, Attorneys Angels Lloyd and Kort Gatterdam about the case, pending immigration status matter and Rifqa’s possible future.
Rifqa’s parents released a bizarre statement given the ruling by Judge Goodrich that reconciliation was not possible, accusing Florida Governor Charlie Crest of engaging in ‘politics’ and racial bigotry but holding open the possible of reconciliation.
The Columbus Dispatch Report noted what appears to be a political statement prepared by their CAIR-supplied counsel:
After the hearing, they released a statement that said this to Rifqa: “No matter what has happened, you will always be our daughter, we love you, and the door will always be open if you want to have a relationship with us.”
Let us hope that Ms Bary will flourish with her new found freedom and security whatever and wherever her career plans take her.
Posted on 08/10/2010 11:21 PM by Jerry Gordon
11 Aug 2010
Once she's recovered, been granted asylum in the US and a shot at citizenship, and finished her education, then maybe the redoubtable Fr Zakaria Botros could ask her to come on board with his show...he has a number of apostates from Islam working with him. She'd be able to give her testimony, and counsel and encourage other seekers and apostates, while remaining physically protected.
The parents' nonsense is beyond belief. O suure they want a reconciliation...they want her to grovellingly renounce her new faith and return to the abomination that is Islam, otherwise they will cheerfully kill her. That's what *I* read between the lines of their statement.