Rifqa Bary Deserves Same Safety Concern As Terrorists
Friday, September 18, 2009 11:48 AM - Tawfik Hamid
Rifqa Bary, 17, recently had to flee from Ohio to Florida, where she sought refuge with a Christian couple whose church she learned about from the Internet. Rifqa said she ran away from home because her father discovered she’d become a Christian — and then threatened to kill her. Rifqa’s parents say that whatever fears their daughter has of them have been caused by evangelical Christians hostile to Islam. The Barys said they are willing to let their daughter practice whatever religion she wishes.
If the information released to the media is correct, the law enforcement findings in both Ohio and Florida support the parents. This simply means Rifqa’s life could be seriously threatened, if what she has said about her father is correct.
Generally speaking, it is unlikely that Rifqa would have this degree of fear of her family if she was not actually threatened. If she were confident that her family would not hurt her and that she would be safe with them, she most likely would not have escaped. In other words, why would a child her age escape from her family if she did not feel threatened?