Florida Authorities Investigating Rifqa Bary’s Appearance on Conference Call

Last week while I was listening to the right-wing anti-Islam conference call, I was caught completely off-guard when Rifqa Bary suddenly joined the call, recounted her story, and then led the group in prayer.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one caught off-guard because, according to the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Department of Children and Families is now investigating how she ended up on the call:

The Department of Children and Families is trying to figure out who arranged for Fathima Rifqa Bary to join-in on a conference call with “thousands” of people and on which the 17-year-old delivered her testimony and a frenzied prayer.

On Monday, DCF spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner said the state agency “had no knowledge of this until it surfaced. Although she is 17, she remains in protective custody. Neither the Department nor do we believe her parents, gave permission for her participation in this call with strangers, which is of concern to us.”

“Right now, we are working to get more background on the video such as when it posted and who arranged it.”