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Rifqa Bary - Ohio Christian convert fights to stay in US

A teenage girl who converted to Christianity and ran away from home is being blocked by her Muslim parents from fighting the possibility of deportation, her attorney told a judge Monday in an ongoing custody dispute.

Rifqa Bary, 17, who fled home last year and stayed with a Florida minister whom she met on Facebook, is an illegal immigrant and does not want to be returned to her native Sri Lanka because she fears being harmed or killed by Muslim extremists.

Her attorney, Angela Lloyd, asked a judge to sign an order stating that reunification with her parents is not possible by her 18th birthday in August.

The order would allow Bary, who is in foster care, to apply for special immigration status without her parents' consent.

Omar Tarazi, an attorney for the parents, objected, telling the judge that he had been unaware of this latest maneuver by Bary's attorney to apply to an immigration court. He said the parents previously filed an immigration application for the whole family.

Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Gill declined to issue the order without first holding a hearing next month. She also declined to remove a gag order that prevents attorneys from discussing the case publicly.

Bary and her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, have agreed to follow a counseling plan drawn up by a county child welfare agency to try to resolve the family's conflict. It requires both sides to work with individual counselors and to try to attend join counseling.

But a face-to-face meeting remains unlikely any time soon.

Jim Zorn, a children's services attorney, told the judge that Bary continues to believe that a reconciliation with her parents is impossible. Bary's counselor has indicated that contact with her parents would be premature, he said.

Bary has also complained that her parents have not responded to an emotional letter sent to them through a counselor that explains why their relationship broke down, Lloyd said.

The letter was more like a list of 20 questions that felt like a backdoor interrogation prepared by attorneys, Tarazi said. It included questions such as, "Why don't I have happy memories of my childhood?" he said.

The parents want to respond but also want assurances that Bary's attorneys are not interfering with the process, Tarazi said.

Judge Gill ordered both attorneys to stay away from the counselors.

Bary's case has drawn national attention, especially among bloggers, with anti-Islam groups warning she could face death and some Muslim groups saying she's being exploited by outsiders.

The girl ran away last July, saying she couldn't stay with her parents because she feared for her life for converting to Christianity. Authorities found no evidence that she faced harm in Ohio.

Police in Columbus continue to investigate whether anyone broke the law by helping Bary run away.

Bary's father alleges a Columbus minister drove her to a Greyhound station where she received a bus ticket and took a bus to Orlando, Fla. There, she stayed with a minister and his wife for about two weeks before the state of Florida took custody of her and returned her to Ohio.


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Added: Apr-5-2010 
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  • Piss on Mohamed

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    • Comment of user 'dorbie' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Piss on all religions.

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    • Not all, mostly islam, they're the ones killing innocent people and celebrating it

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    • Apparently you do not understand the millions of human being killed by christianity over the centuries, I assure you it is something like 9 to 1 compare to Islam. Both should be destroyed followed closely by judaism

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    • dah dah dah dah you're an idiot. block me now like your coward friend komapussy.
      Nothing you said was relevant ya troll. Time to have some back in your mouth

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    • Are you sure you're not biased?

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    • Comment of user 'femdyke25' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • ohhhhhh thats cold coming from a Conservative dyke. I lost all my support to your cause.

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  • If they deport her to those savages shes toast, nuff said.

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  • if our own court system sends her back, we're all gonna end up the same fate as her sumday.
    the usa and the west has developed a knack for cursing ourselves and the kids.

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  • I remember another christian convert girl in the USA whose request for asylum was denied, and whose story was posted here on LL. She was killed by her family after being deported back to her country of origin.

    Let this one stay.

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  • how did she get that zombie eye? i hope it wasnt from abuse

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    • Her loving father took it out in a punch she says knocked her across the room. Rifqa seems to be the only sane person in that whole dysfunctional family.

      The eye problem is a cover story by her father. He took her to the doctor only after the bruise healed but the eye was lost. It's amazing how many people are willing to take the word of an abusive father and ignore the child. All out of tolerance for radical Islam, no doubt.

      Rifqa in fact claims her parents are part of radical Islamic groups. More..

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    • Take Islam out of your comment and it describes average lowlifes we read about everyday. Every 'culture' has its degenerates.

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    • you fucking liberals have cornered the market in if something is wrong, everything else that is wrong is right by some screwed line of reasoning.

      Do you go to failure school to learn the art of justification?

      ...or is it how you live with yourself rationalizing your own failures?

      ...is it a coping mechanism used to avoid personal responsibility?

      ...or is it how you corrupt the weak minded?

      I'm done with you loser.

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    • She is a beautiful little girl. I hope she gets to stay in the U.S. and that one of our kindly Jewish eye surgeons helps her with her image problem.

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  • This girl is genuinely scared, she obviously has reason. If her family get JUST ONE CHANCE, she`s dead.

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  • islam kills more people than death does

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  • Oh damn, you did block me too- I'm thinking thats not healthy for the website. Blocking random people because your feelings are hurt. Wow.
    LLLL

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  • after all W.A.P

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  • im attracted to that crazy eye

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  • she can clean my kitchen and do my laundry among other duties. ;)

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  • Apparently , no one cares a ' minister ' that a teenage girl met on facebook , helped her run away from her parents .

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  • This girl is not going to die you islamophobe freaks....however, if she did, you asses would be delighted in feeling right.

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    • Research "honor killing" on youtube and

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      And I am pretty sure she has a better Idea on what her father and religion does to christian converts then you do.

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