Pamela Geller, Newsmax: Rifqa’s Rights

Here's an excerpt from my latest at Newsmax:

Last Tuesday, Oct. 27, she was returned to Ohio and placed in foster
care in Franklin County. Eric Fenner, the executive director of
Franklin County Children Services, said that he has “no reason to
believe Rifqa wouldn’t be safe with her parents” — with the father who
according to Rifqa said, “If you have this Jesus in your heart, you’re
dead to me. You’re not my daughter . . . I will kill you.”

And even now in Ohio, Rifqa Bary’s civil rights are being
violated. She is being held prisoner: She is not allowed use of the
phone or the Internet, unlike thousands of other children in foster
care. Why? What is her crime?

Jim Zorn, a children’s services attorney, is the one who asked
Franklin County Juvenile Magistrate Mary Goodrich to forbid Rifqa from
using the Internet and her cell phone.

Zorn explained: “What we want to restrict is the other people,
the other organizations, the other forces, that have interjected
themselves into this case inappropriately, and has caused the
additional problems that we’ve seen.”

Her father may have threatened to kill her, and Zorn and
Goodrich are keeping her away from the people who saved her and took
her in.

The isolation of Rifqa is an egregious crime. How will we know
if she is not being psychologically or physically abused? How will we
know if she is all right?

Rifqa Bary should be posting to a Facebook page every day. The
Ohio authorities and the Islamic supremacists who are pulling their
strings are not protecting this girl, but rather are endangering her

They said that she is under no threat, but then they would not
release details about her trip back to Ohio “for safety reasons.”
Underneath it all, they have to know that Rifqa is in danger. But they
don’t seem to care.

Even worse, Rifqa was returned to Ohio after Rifqa’s parents
reneged on a deal and double-crossed Rifqa’s former Florida guardian ad
litem, Krista Bartholomew.

After repeatedly being asked to produce their immigration
documents and repeatedly failing to do so, and after I proved their
illegal status and perjury on immigration forms at my Web site
AtlasShrugs.com, Rifqa Bary’s parents risked being held in contempt of

So Rifqa’s father’s attorney, David Colley, made a deal with
Bartholomew: The contempt of court charge would be dropped, and in
exchange, Rifqa would be allowed to stay in foster care until she
turned 18 — in other words, until she could be free of her parents.

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