Robert Spencer on the Rifqa Bary Case

This was Robert Spencer, director of (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.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Jeff, the story of this little girl is so heartbreaking. I've told my kids about her, and they've asked me if we could do a fundraiser for her. I told them yes, and I'll be in touch with Ms. Geller about where we can send the money.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Jeff: What are the odds that
    this will be a repeat like the boy sent back to Cuba during the Clinton admin. if the father is deported??
    Even Holder as AG would see that it would be certain death for her in a muslim country like Shi Lanka when they find out she renounced their religion???!!

  3. Scott says:

    Rifqa has a cclaim under the Convention Against Torture. Any 3rd rate immigration lawyer could save her from deportation regardless of her father's status.

  4. Gail B says:

    And Obama/Soetoro has not said one word about this, has he? Our Great Father of the Year? Our Nobel Peace Prize winner? Our great persuasive speaker?

    Yep, now he can apologize for America's women's groups, too.

    and, he might as well go ahead and apologize for our JUDICIAL SYSTEM! (And Pelosi's RATS!)

  5. Boston Blackie says:

    Womens Groups like NOW are in the same category as ACORN in my book, they have no morals or legitimacy. Look at their response to the Clinton / Lewinsky scandal. They actually stood behind him because of "all the things he had done for women!?!"(aka federal funding directed to them). And of course all we heard the crickets during the non stop hacket job done to Sarah Palin, which continues. But God forbid she wasn't allowed to have a partial birth abortion on demand, there would be hell to pay. How about we send back the parents and give Rifqa political/religious asylum.
    (FYI – I am a 50 yr old woman)

  6. Anonymous says:


    I am so impressed with Pam Geller and her ability to research and bring to light information. I am also impressed with this young girl who has become the symbol for all like her. I have a question for you. I realize parental rights are very strong, but many a child has "divorced" their parents. Would this not work for this child? Also, why would the courts not honor her petition to become independent since she is 17 years of age approaching 18?

    I add my prayers to those who continually pray for her.

    Thanks Jeff.

  7. Rix says:

    The Feminazis lost their right to flap their yappers when they unequivocally took a political side over their core issue. I am not surprised, however, that no right-wing politician had the spinal fortitude to openly scorn them; obviously, honesty is *not* the best policy when extra few hundred votes may be at stake.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It's amazing to me how we can rip little children from their parents' arms in a Morman compound (while the media nods in agreement) based on an anonomous tip but yet Rifqa is drug through the mud and forced by the courts to return to a violent home and her own first hand account completely ignored. All the while the media portrays her as a disturbed teenager just trying to get away from her parents. Where is the investigative journalism? Thank God for people like Pamela Geller who really care about this young girl.

  9. John says:

    The Qur'an, the aHadith, Sharia law and centuries of Islam exegesis all state that the penalty for apostates from Islam is death. This is fact.

    There is also the matter of "dishonoring" her family. Muslim parents may kill their children (without paying compensation) if they feel that their offspring are not going to be "rightly guided". See the chapter entitled "the Green Man" in the Qur'an.

    I thought that there was religious freedom in the US, but in our current PC world, we do not dare "offend" those people those customs are nothing more than savagery.

  10. Andy says:

    To help out Rifqa, go to the following site:

    Note the letter: Plea from Jamal Jivanjee:


    Please send all checks and money orders to:

    Fathima Rifqa Bary Trust
    c/o Michael A. O'Quinn, Trustee
    28 West Central Boulevard, Fourth Floor
    Orlando, Florida 32801

    All money given to this trust fund will be used directly for Rifqa Bary and her defense. No one is profiting from this trust fund but Rifqa. This information can also be found by going to

    Thank you for being a defender of the righteous, and a voice for those who cannot speak. It truly is the Lord’s work.

    For His glory in the church,
    Jamal Jivanjee

  11. Boston Blackie says:

    Anon 1:54-
    Did you forget that it was Eric Holder that sent Elio back to Cuba. What do you think he will do to Rifqa.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This girl will die as so many other women have both in western and muslum nations. And nobody but a core of compassonate rational people will give a damn. There is light and there is dark, this is darkness.

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