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Local Christian Activists Draw Attention To Rifqa Bary Case At Public Rally

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“There is the larger question of, ‘Is America going to protect religious freedom at this time and allow this girl to make a choice in conscience to be a Christian, rather than a Muslim, “

By Patrick Preston

11/16/2009 United States (nbc4i)-Dozens of Christian activists descended on Columbus Monday morning to rally in the name of Rifqa Barry, the central Ohio teenager who converted from Islam to Christianity. Bary fled to Florida during the summer, saying she feared her father would kill her because of her conversion.

Bary is now back in Ohio under foster care. Her case is moving through the legal system. A hearing scheduled for Monday was postponed until December 22.

“There is the larger question of, ‘Is America going to protect religious freedom at this time and allow this girl to make a choice in conscience to be a Christian, rather than a Muslim,“ asked Robert Spencer, a co-organizer of the rally.

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