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Rifqa Bary In Solitary Confinement
by Pamela Geller
The vise is tightening further on Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who converted to Christianity from Islam and then fled to Florida from her Ohio home in fear for her life. Now she is in foster care in Ohio, in imminent danger of being returned to her family, and the Ohio authorities, at the command of the Barys' lawyer, continue to isolate her.
Rifqa Bary has been in Ohio for well over a month and still there is no "approved visitation" list of friends who are allowed to see her. How can this be? How can it be that friends who request a visit, and whom Rifqa requests to visit, are repeatedly told that "there is no approved visitation list"? Is it not the very mission by objective of children's services to protect the health and welfare of a child? Why has this one child in particular been denied visits from friends?
Rifqa has also been deprived of access to the phone and Internet. She has also been denied "pastoral guidance." Convicts, murderers, rapists, and pedophiles all have access to "pastoral guidance." Rifqa's close friend and fellow ex-Muslim, Christian pastor Jamal Jivanjee, explains: "If you are incarcerated in an American prison today, you have the right to have a visit from a Pastor. Rifqa Bary does not have this most basic right that most criminals have today." Is that how powerful and influential Islamic supremacists have become in the state of Ohio -- that one young girl is starved of spiritual nourishment so as not to insult Islam?
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