This was Robert Spencer, director of JihadWatch.org (perhaps the best repository of information on radical Islam on the Internet), speaking yesterday morning about the continuing case of Rifqa Bary on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends. Rifqa, young girl who fled her Ohio home fearing for her life following her conversion from Islam to Christianity, is headed back to her former home state to life in foster care following an adverse jurisdictional determination.
However, news that Rifqa’s father is in the country illegally (news broken by Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs, who has done such a phenomenal job with Rifqa’s story) could mean that she may be forced to return to Sri Lanka should her father be deported. There, she would be even more vulnerable to incarceration or death.
One thing that continues to amaze me about Rifqa’s story is the deafening silence of women’s groups. They have no problem whatsoever bending over backwards to ensure that young women Rifqa’s age have access to on-demand abortions under the guise of “women’s health,” yet when a young woman is herself in danger, they’re eerily silent. Of course, the same reaction is seen when it comes to the plight of women in Islam as a whole.
Here in America, the groups are enforcers of political correctness at a fever pitch, knuckle-rapping well-meaning people over semantics by making sure that it’s not “mailman” or “postman” but rather “letter-carrier,” and even obsessing over high school and collegiate sports — but when women abroad are stoned after being gang-raped, denied the right to drive, or imprisoned for even associating with the man who brings bread and flour to their house, there’s not a single peep.
Please continue to pray for Rifqa, and for others in her position. And please continue to visit Atlas Shrugs for more details as her story progresses.