Fathima Rifqa Bary is the 17-year-old girl who converted from Islam to Christianity. She packed up her things and ran away to Florida because she feared an honor killing — her own family members killing her because of what she had done.
Her parents say they just want her back safely, but reports say that her mother said Fathima was “dead to her”. The girl also said her father threatened to kill her after learning she had been baptized.
Right now, Fathima is in Florida staying in a group home. The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian group that rarely is on the right side of the cases they take on, is defending her. And I hope they win. Though word is that she’ll probably end up back in her home state of Ohio with her family.
Even if her parents said things to her out of frustration and have no desire to actually see her dead, the fear for Muslim converts is very real. There are religious nuts out there who think what Fathima did is the worst kind of sin and her life is in danger, even if not from within her own family.
The father isn’t making a strong case for himself by saying a church/cult kidnapped her, considering she seems to have gone to Florida on her own will:
Here’s a scarier video — Fathima talking about her situation. She sounds like she knows exactly what she’s talking about. She knows what she’s up against. She doesn’t appear to be brainwashed in the least bit (unless you count the whole bit about Jesus).
She needs to be safe, even if that means the safety comes via a Christian church.
(Thanks to Larry and Richard for the links!)