I’ve written previously about Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old who ran away from her Muslim parents because she fears for her life. Bary, who converted to Christianity, says she believes her family will kill her for leaving the Muslim religion. She is currently living in Florida, but the family is using the court system to get her back.
A Florida judge has ruled that he has no jurisdiction in the case, and that she should be returned to Ohio to stay temporarily with a foster family until the matter is resolved.
Another twist in the case is that her parents are in the U.S. illegally and don’t appear to be cooperating with the authorities who are looking into their status. If they are found in contempt of the immigration laws, they could be deported back to their home country of Sri Lanka. The bad part is that Rifqa would be deported as well. Once in Sri Lanka, there would be nothing to stand in the way of either her parents or others to carry out what they call an “honor killing.”
The threat is real. Honor killings are real. They happen all the time in Islam, although political correctness puts a damper on honest reporting of the fact. Prayer for Rifqa is still needed. Either she needs to be freed from the authority of her parents or the case needs to drag on long enough that she will turn 18 before a decision is reached. At that age, she can chart her own course in life.
This is, in the words of one historian, “a clash of civilizations.” This is a clear case of Islam vs. Christianity. There should be no wavering in the minds of Christians as to what the outcome needs to be for Rifqa—and for the future of the United States.