A child custody battle in New York City is raising questions about freedom of speech and religion — and civil liberties advocates are sure to be paying close attention.
Nabila Albarghouthy, a naturalized American citizen and a practicing Muslim, claims that her ex-husband has been indoctrinating their child with extremist ideology and is seeking sole custody of her now 11-year-old son — a claim he denies.
“I fear that my son is learning extreme violence and that can potentially put him and others at risk,” she said during a press conference on Wednesday. “I don’t know what happens when he goes to his father. I know that when he returns he’s not happy. He’s irritable. And that’s not the beautiful young boy that I know.”
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