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article imageCAIR Sues to Ban And Seize Rifqa Bary's Christmas Cards

By Johnny Simpson     Dec 12, 2009 in World
Attorneys for the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed suit to ban and seize all Christmas cards mailed to or in possession of Rifqa Bary, a Muslim girl who converted to Christianity and fled to Florida after alleged death threats from her father.
Many of you may be familiar with the case of Rifqa Bary, the Muslim-American teenage girl from Columbus, Ohio who converted to Christianity and fled to Florida after alleged death threats from her father. She has since been ordered back to Ohio by a Florida judge, and is now in a Columbus juvenile detention center as she awaits a legal determination as to whether she has to return to her family. Franklin County Child Services is attempting reconciliation of the religious issues through face-to-face counseling between Rifqa and her family in hopes of reuniting them before Rifqa turns 18 and becomes an adult next August 10th. No such face-to-face counseling sessions have taken place to date. Rifqa is scheduled for a dependency hearing in juvenile court on December 22nd.
Now, according to recent reports at the Jawa Report, Atlas Shrugs and, attorneys from the Council on American-Islamic Relations have filed a motion in Franklin County juvenile court to confiscate all Christmas cards currently in Ms. Bary's possession, as well as to intercept and seize all future Christmas cards mailed to Ms. Bary. The motion, filed by CAIR at the request of Rifqa's parents, includes all third party communications to Ms. Bary, but Christmas cards were singled out in the motion's first article:
1- Certain hate filled sites for bigotry and propaganda are advertising Fathima Rifqa Bary’s attorney, Angela Lloyd address as the approved mean for the readers of the sites to get messages delivered to Fathima Rifqa Bary under the guise of sending her “Christmas Cards.”
Throughout the motion, CAIR has alleged that such third party communications are harmful and dangerous to Ms. Bary, as elaborated on at length in the closing article of the motion:
4- Therefore, for the safety and security of Fathima Rifqa Bary we ask the court to enjoin Fathima Rifqa Bary’s attorneys from passing messages to their client from third parties and order them to deliver all such communications in their possession or control for Fathima Rifqa Bary that have come from third parties to this action to FCCS and order Fathima Rifqa Bary to turn over any communications in her possession or control she has already received from third parties through her attorneys to FCCS; that third party adults are not to be allowed to communicate with Fathima Rifqa Bary until an approved list is determined by FCCS in consultation with all parties.
Though deemed hateful by CAIR, the request to send Christmas cards at shows an angel with a trumpet and the words, "Show Rifqa she is not alone. Send her a Christmas card. Tell her you are praying for her." The wording is similarly mild and benign in the Atlas Shrugs posting from November 22nd. According to entry #12 of the FCCS detention center FAQ Section, inmates are allowed to receive mail. The only restrictions are for mail that contains contraband, pictures, money and gang or drug symbols. The Rifqa Bary case has been fraught with controversies and cultural clashes since it began. Many of Rifqa's supporters fear for her life should she be forcibly returned to her family. Apostasy is punishable by death in Islam, and there have been numerous widely publicized cases of 'honor killings' in America of teenage girls murdered by their Muslim fathers or other relatives who thought they had become too Westernized.
Also causing consternation among Rifqa's supporters is the fact that Rifqa's family attends the Noor Mosque in Columbus, which has associated itself with such radical Islamist extremists as Anwar al-Aulaqi, the imam whom the Fort Hood shooter Nadal Hasan communicated with in Yemen via email. Al-Aulaqi, an American, is now regarded as the primary recruiter for Al Qaeda in Yemen by federal authorities. CAIR is also dealing with similar controversies of its own. CAIR was legally determined to be an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2006 Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial. HLF was shut down in 2001 and convicted in 2006 of funneling funds to HAMAS, listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department.
Though CAIR claims to be the primary representative NGO for advocating the civil rights of American Muslims, its domestic membership is actually very minimal and has been dwindling for years. CAIR's primary sources of funding are from Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, whom then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani rejected a $10M check from after the prince equivocated the 9/11 terror attacks with the Israeli treatment of Palestinians only days after the event, donated $500,000 to the NGO. CAIR's public image problems have been exacerbated further by the recent bestseller Muslim Mafia, based on undercover reporting from a CAIR insider, which has led some members of Congress to call for federal investigations and a ban on the group's lobbying activities in D.C.
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