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Rifqa Bary runs away from home--Islamic faith connected to hate crimes


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August 11, 2009, Fox News reports the story of a teen that fled her home in Ohio to Florida in fear of her life.  She is from a family who is of the Islamic faith.  Because the girl converted to Christianity, she fears being a victim of an honor killing. Is the fear of honor killing real?  According to Mark Kelly, writer for the Baptist Press in Nashville and the International Christian Concern, just one year ago a Saudi Arabian government official cut his daughters tongue out and burned her to death because she found Christianity through the internet.
    Hate crime laws have come to the forefront in our nation in the last ten years to protect people of color and sexual orientation through the United States court systems.  Laws are being fashioned to protect citizens from these crimes, however, there does not seem to be any language included that is directed to the Muslim faith.  Just three years ago NPR reported that the Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi ambassador to the United States, addresses a luncheon in Chicago, April 20, 2006. He has assured U.S. audiences that the Kingdom has "eliminated what might be perceived as intolerance" from its old textbooks.
    If that is true why is a teenager running for her life.  We are a nation who wants to protect its citizen and allow them to worship whichever God or religious entity that they desire.  Why is the Islamic faith allowed to teach death to the infidel—anyone who does not accept the Muslim belief system?  One may argue they are not acting on the instruction, another may argue 9/11.  The question is, “if we are legislating against hate crimes based upon hate speech, why does the legislation document voted on July 23, 2009 in the Senate not include a zero tolerance from the Muslim doctrine against non-Muslim believers?

The image in this article is from a Reinhardt Bonnke Christ crusade where Muslims show up by the millions in Nigeria to hear the Gospel.

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  • James 5 years ago

    There is a double standard on everything concerning Christians including hate crimes

  • ERS 5 years ago

    This has much more to do with culture than with faith. Dishonor killings are believed to have their origins in misinterpretations of pre-Islamic Arab tribal customs.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    "Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

  • Anon 5 years ago

    Islam is such a peaceful, loving religion...NOT!!!!

  • Verses of Islam 5 years ago

    Sahih Muslim Book 019, Number 4457 wrote: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) used not to kill the children, so thou shouldst not kill them unless you could know what Khadir had known about the child he killed, or you could distinguish between a child who would grow up to he a believer (and a child who would grow up to be a non-believer), so that you killed the (prospective) non-believer and left the (prospective) believer aside.

    ‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2.
    “Retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

  • SoxFan 5 years ago

    There are so many examples of things like that in the Koran. How can anyone say (with a straight face) that Islam is a peaceful religion if that is the book they follow.

  • Tracy B Ann 5 years ago

    I think maybe your first problem is that you are getting your news from an entertainment channel TV rather than a news channel.

    Have you read the bible? It advocates killing your neighbor if they work on the Sabbath, selling your daughters and a whole bunch of other crazy stuff.

    When it comes to violence perpetrated by a religious faith I don't think any faith can compete against Christianity.

    Thank goodness our Constitution says that Congress can pass no laws concerning religion.

  • SoxFan 5 years ago

    The Constitution does not say that "Congress can pass no laws concerning religion." It says that Congress may not establish a national religion. Congress passes laws "concerning" religion all the time.

  • Tracy B Ann 5 years ago

    You are right SoxFan, the Constitution doesn't say anything about religion, my bad. The first article of the Bill of Rights does though:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

  • SoxFan 5 years ago

    Tracy, 1) That is exactly what I said, the Constitution does not advocate creating a nationalized religion. Nobody is trying to do that.

    2) You cannot deny that there is a double standard between Christian tolerance and other religious tolerances. My kids' school district does not allow them to wear clothing depicting Jesus on a cross at their school, however, there are other students who belong to the Muslim faith who are allowed to wear their traditional clothing. I do not mind them wearing their clothing, however, I believe my kids should be allowed to wear a shirt with a cross on it if they choose to.

    Agree or disagree??

    That is all I am saying.

  • Tracy B Ann 5 years ago

    SoxFan - 2)I don't think that's a valid comparison. Muslim garb is a cultural thing that doesn't promote the Islamic faith in any way.

    Just as if Amish children were to attend school in their traditional clothing. It's not an indicator of their faith nor does it promote it.

    There is no traditional Christian clothing - a T Shirt with Jesus on the cross promotes a certain faith.

    Also, I think that many schools ban T-Shirts that promote any kind of message at all, even Izod.

    1)"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

    Means just what it says. Congress needs to leave religions alone whether they agree with them or not. It gets a little dicey when a religions activities go contrary to Anerican law, as we saw with the LDS mess in Texas.

    So that would be (B) disagree with both.

  • SoxFan 5 years ago

    I cannot believe you are honestly saying that you dont believe that a kid should be allowed to wear a shirt from church camp, shirt with a cross, shirt with a scripture on it, etc. Shirts from YMCA are not even allowed because they have a cross on the back. How does wearing a shirt from YMCA camp establish religion? That is restricting freedom of expression.

  • Tracy B Ann 5 years ago

    If you don't like the rule send your kid to a different school. If your child goes to a public school, a state run school, then there is a prohibition against mixing church and state. Homeschool or send your kid to private.

    Your argument seems to have changed. First you compared apples to oranges not wanting Muslims to be able to wear their traditional clothes (which have nothing to do with religion) to school.

    You compared that to your child wearing a religious shirt. Which wasn't a valid comparison.

    Now you're just complaining about your child not being able to
    wear a religious shirt.

    I can think of several religions that would be offended by such a shirt. If you can't I suggest that you cross reference your bible for "compassion".

  • SoxFan 5 years ago

    Tracy, you invalidate your arguments when you lie about what the other person said. I never said that I don't want the Muslim kids to wear their clothing. I said that I don't mind at all that they wear it. My argument has not changed one bit. I think that it is offensive that kids arent allowed to wear a shirt with a cross on it. You didnt answer my question. How does a 10 year old wearing a tshirt with a cross on the back establish a religion. I have seriously underestimated my son's talents if he can a establish a religion for an entire nation by wearing a YMCA shirt with a 4 inch tall cross on it. Why should that offend anybody that he wears that shirt?? It shouldn't and it the people who are offended are selfish and childish. They are the ones who are closed minded, not my family, which happens to be Christian.

  • You Should Update Your Post 5 years ago

    with the TRUTH instead of twisting around the facts. People like YOU are the only danger to Rifqa now.