Rifqa Bary’s Interview

I have a strong suspicion that this kid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0P5IaIE_LI

is lying. And the way she hangs on that guy — who I’m guessing is Lorenz, the married conservative Christian church leader to whose household she fled and in which household she was secretly sequestered during a frantic search for her by officials and her parents — there’s something about the way she hangs on that guy I don’t like.

It is technically true that anyone who converts out of Islam (an apostate) is supposed to be killed, but it isn’t done much in the first world. I imagine that when it is done, in modern society, the motivations wouldn’t be purely theological, but it would be the culmination of a domestic dispute.

But, be that as it may, this kid is very close to being incoherent. Her hysteria looks put-on. While I think some of the social norms of Islam are a big problem for secular society — they may be actually incompatible with our version of civilization — it looks to me like she’s playing to mainstream bias against Muslims.

She may have good reason to want to get away from her parents; but it doesn’t look to me like she’s being straight about them.

Also she looks like a wingnut. I can see the parents might not be too pleased.

And, for what it’s worth, I’ve met a few people with profoundly deep faith in Christ. None of them behaved like that.

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  1. To get more specific, this is from a comment on someone else’s blog:

    Furthermore, if you really look at the kid’s behavior during her interview, you can see that this is put-on emotion. She makes a big spectacle out of crying, but there are no actual tears. Her voice quavers, but only artificially. Her body language is grossly exaggerated — she doubles over, turns like a child to bury her face in the pastor’s side — but this is not how someone who is afraid behaves. Someone who is afraid has a minor tremor in their voice; their hands shake slightly; they move less, not more, the body becoming still; they swallow; their eyes float; the muscles around the cheeks slacken; the eyes go wide; and they do not act like a drama queen.

    The kid’s lying.


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