Nov 18 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Activists held a rally across the street from the courthouse where the custody of religious runaway Rifqa Bary was to be decided, but there will be no decision in the case until at least December.
Thanks to Atlas Shrugs
As a judge issued a continuance until Dec. 22, about 100 people some from out of state gathered in a park on the other side of High Street, 10TV News reported. Some of them expressed beliefs condemning Islam, while others criticized the manner in which Bary’s case has been handled.
“We came out today to say they’re in violation of (Bary’s) civil rights,” said protester Pamela Geller. “We live in a country where you have freedom of religion. Where is Rifqa Bary’s freedom of religion? And why aren’t people standing up? It’s an outrage.”
Bary’s case gained national attention this summer when she fled her New Albany home and later turned up with a pastor and his wife in Orlando, Fla. Bary claimed she left home because she converted from Islam to Christianity and feared her father would kill her. Florida and Ohio found no credible threat to the girl’s safety, and Bary was returned to Ohio last month. She remains in foster care. 10TV