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


Jamal said…
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Jamal Jivanjee said…

What you have said is completely untrue. I am completely aware of the threat that Rifqa Bary faced as I knew of her faith in Jesus Christ long before she fled from her home. The people who took her in are heros who saved her life. Rifqa is a very bright and intelligent person who is very respectful of authority and who has tremendous faith in God. Her character is spotless. What she says should be taken seriously! In 8 months, she will be legally free to make her own decisions. Until then, she should be protected by Children's services. The question that should be asked is why is she so afraid to go home?

As I said before, nothing a Muslim says is considered "true" through your eyes or those supporting your movement. This is not surprising, neither is the smears against Islam, Muslims, CAIR, NICC, The Ohio Muslim Community, The Muslim Community in General, and myself. The Bary's love their daughter and they want her back just because she is their daughter, not for any other reason. Her father personally told me that "if this is what she wants, then let her be a Christian there is nothing wrong with that", however what he does have a problem with is that he feels that she was "coerced and brainwashed since she was 13-14 by adults and that she should be with her family and not strangers". This should have been a personal, legal, and family matter from the start, however as we have seen in Florida that did not take place.

One thing to point out is that I am not "from the Noor Mosque" (NICC), I am from CAIR-Columbus which are two different organizations with different purposes. One is an Islamic Cultural Center (that contains a prayer hall or Mosque), the other is a Civil Rights and Advocacy organization that has amongst it's ranks practicing Muslims of various schools of thought, Secular Muslims, and Non-Muslims (yes even Christians).

Another thing to point out is that Rifqa, her parents, and the community are victims in this ordeal by people such as yourself who have used her for politico-religio-monetary reasons. Her father does nothing but rave about her daughter being so smart and respectful, he said that "I don't think this is my daughter that is speaking" because he feels that she has been coerced. If she is afraid to go home, it is not her family, but rather the scare tactics that she has been conditioned with. I got some of that last time outside the court room where the one lady said "why are you speaking to me, I am a woman - chuckle". She does not know me or what Islam is all about, so for her to make such a statement is nothing but pre-programmed conditioning by people like yourself who do not have a positive intent towards Muslims. However, that does not change our feelings towards people of the Christian faith because of your actions which only represent a small minority of Christians who hate Muslims. We have many friends both personally and organizationally that are Christian, Jewish, Bahai, Zoroastrian, etc. that support us and we support them...interacting with respect and understanding. We as Muslims are taught to love people as the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said "if you love your creator, then love your fellow beings". One of the 99 names of Allah (swt) is "Al-Wudud" (The Loving), so we are instructed by God to love our fellow beings regardless of who they are because they too were created by Allah (swt) regardless of the label they may carry.

The Bary Family and the Muslim Community want nothing but the best for Rifqa and inshallah she will have the best either as a Christian or Muslim...who knows, maybe later in life she may want to connect with her roots and become a Buddhist like the majority of Sri Lankans who are Buddhist. The point is that she is free to do what she wants from the Muslim perspective as well as American perspective. My own Muslim parents gave me the freedom to choose whatever faith I felt was best for me when I was thirteen.

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