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September 15, 2009

What to Watch: Police Say No Evidence Muslim Family Threatened Runaway Teen

Here's what we're reading today:

-- Florida authorities found no credible threats against Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old who fled from Ohio to Florida because she claimed her Muslim family would kill her for converting to Christianity. Here's more form the St. Petersburg Times.

The FDLE's report, though, which a judge in Orlando unsealed Monday evening, says there's no evidence of any abuse, and also no indication that she's in danger of being killed. The report calls that fear "a subjective and speculative concern."

FDLE asked the girl's father if he was going to kill her.

"Absolutely not," Mohamed Bary told investigators.

FDLE did not investigate the Islamic community in Columbus or the mosque the Bary family sometimes attends.

-- Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler plans to introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The bill has the support of at least 75 lawmakers, according to the Associated Press. A spokesperson for Rep. Barney Frank told the AP he believes the legislation would have a small chance because it would allow same-sex couples to take their benefits across state lines.

-- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed abortion and the political struggles with her Catholic faith in a Washington Post interview.

Q: Do you think that the federal government should do some federal funding of abortions, personally?
A: Well, the President has made it pretty clear that Congress and the new health insurance plan will not provide federal funds for abortions.
Q: Well, I know that. I was asking you what you thought.
A: I am the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and I will support the President's proposal moving forward.

Then she spoke about how the archbishop in the Kansas City area asked that she not present herself for communion.
A: Well, it was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced in my life, and I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state, and I feel that my actions as a parishioner are different than my actions as a public official and that the people who elected me in Kansas had a right to expect me to uphold their rights and their beliefs even if they did not have the same religious beliefs that I had," Sebelius said.
Q: Do you continue to take communion?
A: I really would prefer not to discuss that with you.

-- For some international reading, a council in London has barred a Christian group to display their posters in public places unless they remove words such as “God” and “Christian.” The group plans to hold a series of events on climate change.

Comments

I used to think that such action will never happen in america. For the past months, I saw many terrible actions by republican senators, republican party and their members that has truly changed my mind. I am not surprise at all.
"... monkeys see.. monkeys do..." that is so true.

In reference to efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, I think there's pretty clear evidence that voters are not in the mood to have government making family decisions that rewrite America's cultural and social positions. Rep. Nadler's efforts just show more of the blindness that some in Congress have regarding the mood of the country. Efforts like his, particularly with the support of Rep. Frank, will further solidify a growing resentment towards Congress. Can they not turn their attention to the issues that really matter to Americans and lead social-engineering alone?

Thom
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Congrats, Sarah!

On the London council barring references to "Christian" and "God" in public, that seriously limits the free exercise of religion. It's one thing to keep a creche from a courtroom, but what right does government have to remove the word "God," much less "Christian," from public places?

It is astonishing to see people like the HHS Secretary claim to be Christians or Catholics, and then shill big time for the baby-killing abortion industry. Either they know exactly what they are doing--and they play a lot of you for fools--or they are in some world class state of self delusion...

To the Florida authorities, the Father doesn't have to kill the daughter as long as the girl has a Brother, Uncle or other relative to do the killing, and worst, the Father can demand the girl kill herself because she has shamed the family through disobience. Why do these authorities think the 17 year old girl is in Florida. It's because at age 17 she is to marry a man picked by her parents in order to keep control over her after turning 18 and graduating from high school if she does get to graduate. Afterall, a married woman doesn't need to finish or go to school. By 18 this 17 married woman will be pregnant with her first child. And, she will probably be taken or sent to a middle Eastern country at 17 to marry and bring her husband back to the states. Didn't these authorities look into how the Muslim communities control it's females. They're indoctrinated to be married whether or not they want to be. And where I live many 17 year old Muslim girls have disappeared when they said they wanted to graduate from h.s. and go to college and marry whom they wanted. Another 17 year old died in a bombing at a U.S. embassy in the Middle East while getting a visa for her just married to husband. Another 18 year old asking for a divorce lost her head literally & the husband only got 19 years. So, what did the Florida authorities do for this 17 year old, send her back to her Father? I'll bet the male Florida authorities did just that.

It needs to be investigated properly else why someone flies from Ohio to Florida. I think he must had some threating calls.

I don't think Rifqa Bary ran away from home for nothing or was making anything up,I can't imagine why she would want to do that. I sure hope they do not send her back to her parents. I don't think she would get that upset over nothing.Give her some credit for knowing about the religion she was raised with is like and after her father threatening her like he did.Her only "crime" was converting to Christianity.