Rifqa Bary: Ex-church official says pastors told they were breaking law
This is really scary...what should have been a private/family/legal matter which turned into a religious media circus appears to have been made possible by the unlawful and hateful intent of those mentioned in the statement... (This story of the facebook luring of their daughter gave me flashbacks of the show Dateline: To Catch a Predator with Chris Hansen: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10912603/)
(top right picture) Please note that the right wing extremist photographer pictured next to the bailiff kept taking pictures of Rifqa who is a minor without permission in defiance of what the bailiff had specifically mentioned that "no pictures of Rifqa are to be taken". Isn't it ironic that the very people who are constantly so "concerned" with her safety make it their mission to put this minor child's picture all over the internet? Sniff...Sniff...I smell a hypocrite and opportunist. When this is all over, these people will see that the actions they have been supporting are nothing more than aiding criminal behavior. To use Rifqa as a pawn in their religio-political hate mongering propoganda is scary to say the least. I am happy we are a nation of laws and justice will always prevail in this private, family, and legal matter.
Ex-Church official says pastors told they were breaking the law , however it appears that they willingly broke the law!...A former administrator at the Global Revolution Church in Florida has written a signed statement filling in all the blank alledged criminal holes of the curious case of Rifqa Bary. This is very disturbing and shows that the people who were involved had both Islamophobic/Anti-Muslim and alledged criminal intent in luring this minor away from her parents. The victims in this case are obviously Rifqa Bary and The Bary Family (along with the Muslim community that has been called names) who have suffered so much Psychologically and Emotionally due to the raw fanaticism of fundamentalist alledged criminals.
While I sat outside the court waiting to hear what decisions had been made by the request of the family and their Non-CAIR attorney, I had the opportunity to talk to one of these fundamentalist "supporters" of Rifqa Bary that were outside the courtroom and I was rather shocked at the biased attitude that they hold against Muslims. Everything I said about Islam and Muslims and how Apostasy is not punished and that Honor Killings are Un-Islamic, the parents don't care if she remains Christian as long as she is home safe with her family, and I even invited this person along with the rest of the fundie "supporters" to come with me to visit the local Mosque and see for themselves that we have a peaceful community here and that we are people just like anybody else...however, due to the level of indoctrination and narrow mindedness she said "I dont' believe you and nothing you say or do will change that" (stop me if I am wrong, but does that not sound like Kindergarten or elementary school logic?). So, I asked this person do they believe Muslims at all? Do they believe that Muslims are all liars? Is that what people have been teaching about Islam? I said that it appears that they view Muslims as lesser than human/animals, and inferior. See...the problem here is that we are dealing with people who are misinformed and irrational. This is really sad, because we could actually have a real dialogue and resolve misinformation or "disinformation" put out by those who hate Muslims. However, without talking, tolerance, understanding and common sense...it is not easy to achieve understanding and peace. I pray that one day the misinformed vocal minority wake up and see the evil they are doing in the name of their faith against innoccent Muslims.
More information regarding the curious case of Rifqa Bary: http://www.loonwatch.com/2009/12/fathima-rifqa-bary-pastors-knew-they-broke-the-law-ex-church-official-says/
Here is a video clip of Rifqa's Parents speaking out on this situation:
Here is a video of Rifqa talking about her faith in Jesus (pbuh) before she went to Florida (pay close attention that she does not mention anything about "honor killings" or "apostasy".)
Unfortunately Jamal forgot to teach Rifqa about how text from the New Testament can also be misused, such as in Matthew 15:4:
The Holy Bible (New Testament) Matthew 15:1-9
1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"
3 Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
4 For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
5 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,'
6he is not to 'honor his father' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
The worse thing she says that can happen to her is "disownment" from her perspective. This obviously shows that she has been conditioned and indoctrinated by the likes of Jamal Jivanjee as her parents have mentioned to me before...to hate Muslims and more specifically her own parents (Jamal Jivanjee pictured on the right has been coaching Rifqa on the false claims of "Honor Killing" and "Apostasy" in order to further his Extreme views and his Church Ministry. Of course there is a huge financial aspect where he popularizes his Ministry for more funding):
Ironically, Muslims love Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and Christians as well as Jews, because we are all the children of Abraham (pbuh). Jews and Christians are "people of the book". We Muslims were Jews and Christians at one time. Also, we as Muslims believe that everything in the universe is born a Muslim, yes that includes everybody! However, people choose to put new labels on themselves. This video is excellent, it is called "Jesus Will Return": Here is more information regarding the Islamic perspective of Prophet Jesus's (pbuh) second coming: www.jesuswillreturn.com