The case of Rifqa Bary, a teenage girl who fled from Ohio to Florida because she believed her Muslim family would kill her for converting to Christianity, returned to court yesterday. Judge Daniel Dawson ruled that Rifqa can remain in Florida for now, but cannot have contact with the pastor's family with whom she had been staying. Judge Dawson will talk with judges in Ohio to determine where Bary's case belongs ….
Many Christians have rallied around Bary, but in Sunday's St. Petersburg Times, Christian attorney Craig McCarthy outlines why he thinks Christians should support Bary's parents, whom he defended in court from August 10 until September 3. He discusses the implications the case may have for Christian parents; he says, "homeschoolers in particular ought to pause and weigh the power of the state to take your child into foster care against your feelings on this case and whether or not you would wish to be afforded a competent defense should religious biases be used against you some day."
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang, owners of the Bounty House Hotel and members of an evangelical church in Liverpool, England, were arrested in March over comments made during a discussion with a Muslim guest on the differences between Islam and Christianity. The comments under fire: Mrs. Vogelenzang described Muslim dress as putting women into "bondage," while her husband is reported to have described the Islam prophet Muhammad as a "warlord."
Mr. Vogelenzang denies his charge, while Sharon admits she used the word bondage, but claims she was not trying to offend. Because of the bad publicity generated ...1
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