It'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
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- 10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2014
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
- Why the Supreme Court is allowing Texas to hold an unconstitutional election
- Paul Krugman, Amazon, and the left's backwards view of book-industry titans
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
Subscribe to the Week