t's not easy for a court to decide how much say parents should have over their children's religious faith, said William McGurn in The Wall Street Journal. Advocates for Fathima Rifqa Bary—an Ohio 17-year-old who ran away to a church in Florida—say that her Muslim father threatened to kill her when he found out she had converted to Christianity. Authorities in Ohio and Florida say they don't think her life will be in danger if she's sent home, but "surely Florida's Judge Daniel Dawson is right not to let himself be rushed into a decision."
Come on, said the Orlando, Fla., Sentinel in an editorial, Rifqa Bary's father denies that he said he'd harm his child, and says he "wants her to come back." Her case would have been sent back to Ohio—where her parents have agreed she could go into a foster home for 30 days—if it hadn't been "exploited by evangelical activists and politicians to promote crude stereotypes of Muslims."
The Orlando Sentinel is doing its "level best" to see that Fathima Rifqa Bary is "murdered or institutionalized," said Robert Spencer in Jihad Watch. It's ludicrous to say that this case is about making Muslims look bad, when the world's newspapers are full of cases in which apostates were killed in the name of Islam.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- Why would a young person today be religious?
- Why I'm a pro-life liberal
- Attack of the invasive species
- 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent
- Why Good Friday is so important to Christians
- If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?
Subscribe to the Week