August 13, 2009, - 2:41 pm

What Will Happen to Fathima Rifqa Bary?: Ohio Teen Fears Honor Killing b/c She Became Christian

By Debbie Schlussel

If I were 17-year-old Fathima Rifqa Bary, I, too, would be pretty scared that my Muslim father and/or brother, Mohamed and Rilyan Bary, would kill me.  And I’d be seeking a lawyer right now.

That’s because Bary, a Sri Lankan teen living in Ohio, is not a U.S. citizen and ran away from her parents to Orlando, when she converted to Christianity and feared they’d perpetrate an honor killing of her over it.

(More video–the Muslim family “responds”–here.  You can tell they’re lying through their teeth.)

And to make matters worse, the Columbus, Ohio police aren’t helping her.  They’re publicly doubting her story and helping the Islamic parents and buying into their phony “concern” for their daughter.

Sergeant Jerry Cupp, the head of the Columbus Police Department’s missing persons bureau, says Mohamed Bary seems genuinely concerned and worried about his daughter.

Well, of course, he “seems” that way.  Does Sgt. Cupp think the father–who wants to kill his daughter over her Christianity–is going to tell him how he really feels and what he really plans?  Hilarious.

It’s interesting, too, that everyone is describing Rifqa Bary’s conversion to Christianity as involvement with a “cult.”  Hmmm . . . what the heck do they think Islam is?

On Monday, an Orlando judge ordered the girl into Department of Children and Families custody until a hearing late next week.

Bary and her family are from Sri Lanka, and she is not a U.S. citizen. She fears her parents would kill her or send her back to her native country if she were returned to them in Ohio.

Like I said, if I were this girl, I’d seek an immigration and/or family law attorney, and I’d be seeking both political asylum here and emancipation from my parents.

Otherwise don’t be surprised if she ends up never heard from again in Sri Lanka.

Remember, “Religion of Peace” = Religion of Pieces.

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58 Responses

Remember Elian Gonzalez?

That child doesn’t stand a chance.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Well of course the father is concerned! Allah forbid that the girl might actually escape and find out that being a girl and a christian means she will actually have some rights! The shame she will cause their family. The poor guy is just worried about what all the other Muzzie’s wi11 say to him at the next jihad(er mosque) meeting.

wolf2012 on August 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Let me see. Back in the middle east, she can check herself into prison. Only a family member can check you OUT. 99% of the time when a family member checks you OUT, it’s to murder you.

Here? We have womens shelters…. IOW, she’s toast. There are 5,000 honor killings worldwide every year. In every country where the Bible is preached, women are elevated.

goldenmike4393 on August 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Police know she is telling the truth. It’s just that the police aren’t equipped to handle these savages.

    goldenmike4393 on August 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Nothing to worry about then. She has accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and saviour, therefor she gets to go to paradise when she dies. After all she is now a member of the only true religion, unless anyone wants to chellenge that.

Nakruh on August 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Jesus loves you despite what you say about him.
    What is Mohammeds position.

    Rollie Robinson on August 13, 2009 at 10:28 pm

      Mohammed is the messenger of god
      chosen so that he may show us the right
      path
      in fact
      there were over 20 prophets before him
      and muhammed was a very kind loving honest person
      though he was just a pious prophet who who STILL was a human being too
      ALLAH is the the ONE true god he has no sons
      wife
      cousin
      aunts
      mom
      dad
      sibling
      children
      nothing
      HE IS ONE!
      THAT’S WHY HE IS GOD…
      HE DOESN’T NEED ANYONE TO HELP HIM
      he is ALLAH

      peaceINtheMIDDLEeast! on October 14, 2009 at 7:40 pm

She herself made a very interesting point in one of these stories. She said something like, “I’m the first one in 532
generations to know Jesus Christ. Imagine the honor in killing me.” Yep. Fathima knows the score.

Speaking of potential honor killings, whatever happened to the girl in Arizona that was gang raped?

cirrus1701 on August 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Well, I hate to break it to you but no family has been around for 532 generations. Assuming the shortest time for a generation being 40 years that comes out to 21,280 years. Do the math.
    Since Islam started sometime in the 7th 8th Century CE (AD) that’s more like 1,400 years. “532 generations” is a typical Muslim fabrication. She was very clear and deliberate in everything else she said, I don’t think this was a slip of the tongue.

    She and Pastor Lorenz are harming a very legitimate case against “honor” murder with all this hype. Something else is going on here probably in addition to the real threat.

    Concerned on August 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

In Islam you can kill your sister or daughter if she converts to another faith. The imam and father who say otherwise are lying. When it means to further the faith you can lie in Islam. Islam is not christianity which actually wants to help the poor and preach their religion. In Islam you are allowed to kill for it according to our hadiths. CNN and NBC will never tell you this.

Shamir on August 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I have no doubt that the Obama administration will stand silent and condemn her to a return home or a return to Sri Lanka as she is not a U. S. citizen. Where is the concern shown for the Uighur moslem terrorist’s that he was concerned about sending back to China. This sucks.

Bob A. on August 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Elian Gonzalez, redux.

Jewel on August 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I hope someone can help her

mindy abraham on August 13, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Cause I doubt Jesus will

Nakruh on August 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I’m not normally a poster on sites, but I wanted to thank Debbie Schlussel for bringing this girl’s story to our attention. This girl’s faith puts mine to shame, and I pray for her safety. It saddens me to think that this could happen in the land of religious liberty. This situation is a test for our nation that I hope we pass. This country has got to wake up. I think this quote says it best.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These have progressed through this sequence: “From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.” Alexander Fraser Tytler’s 1776 The Rise and Fall of the Athenian Republic

Our nation is in a selfish and apathetic state right now. We don’t care what happens to this girl as long as it doesn’t interfere with political correctness or our daily lives. Please pray for her and for strength and wisdom for all officials involved in Florida and Ohio.

inmateprof on August 14, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Please, ask yourself this…why are you all on this teens side, why aren’t you on the families side?
    It is probably because of one thing: you resent ISLAM!
    you just hate it
    But, why?!
    why is it that you hate Islam?
    Why is it that you have to be so close-minded and naiive when it comes to the ‘muslim’ family…
    and then when it comes to the girl…you suddenly become open-minded and sympathetic…
    It’s because of society and misunderstanding,,,
    Most of society is against muslims
    so evryone else just falls into their “anti-muslim line” and just follows along like a school of fish…
    And misunderstanding:
    What I mean by misunderstanding is that all of you anti-muslims out there misjudge us muslims.
    You believe that our religion encourages killing and violence but its the complete opposite
    Islam isn’t the ‘Religion of Pieces’ but the Religion of Peace
    In Islam It is haram(a major sin) to kill or cause bloodshed.
    In fact, It was one of the few sins that are rarely forgiven!
    If someone who claims they are muslim kills, it means they are NOT muslims but hypocrites…
    Islam encourages peace and sincerity, freedom and faith
    NOT KILLING!
    People just pass on this false idea claiming its true without looking into it further!
    Why can’t all religions just live together peacefully…we didn’t do anything to you.
    And whom ever claimed killing a convert is an honor in the sake of Alah…they are TERRIBLY WRONG! i can’t even stress how wrong they are…
    Allah created all mankind. So killing one of his creations no matter their status, no matter how they strayed from the right path is a major major major SIN!! An unforgivable one too.
    So I just wanted to make this clear. Please
    Please
    before assuming anything about our religion, research first.
    Read the translation of the holy quran (which are the direct words of god-Allah-). It will open your heart to the good and show you the light
    And yes I did say OUR religon , as in mine too.
    I am a faithful and proud muslim…
    And hopefully god will pave an easy path to paradise for me so that I may stay that way…

    With all due respect,
    Your fellow citizen
    Thank you

    peaceINtheMIDDLEeast! on October 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Y’all Pam Geller has a screen shot of Rifqa’s Myspace. It shows her being 22 year old. I have tremendous concern for her but I think she is being manipulated and being told to play the “misunderstood teen” I was bothered that on the interview tape she was sobbing but there were no tears. That is a sign of “faking.”

Before I get flamed, let me say I think the message is critical and I don’t doubt that Rifqa is in danger from her family. I just think the pastor concocted an unfortunate way to bring the issue to the public forum and I worry it will backfire once other people question the Myspace entry. I know these things can be and are faked but she comes across as a 20 something “playing” younger.
The sad thing is that the public might be more moved that a “child” rather than someone barely out of her childhood, is in this peril. ALL muslim women are in danger.

Concerned on August 14, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Ok, if she were more than 18 years old, THERE WOULD BE NO COURT CASE BECAUSE HER FAMILY HAS NO LEGAL RIGHTS TO AN ADULT CHILD! Your childish accusations are taking the focus away from the isse. Rifqah needs to seek political asylum AND emancipation from her parents. When she turns 18, they will have no rights to her anymore.

    "Sarah" on August 14, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I’ve been following this story since before it was a story. I know she turned 17 on Monday.

    The pastor is not concocting anything. Things are rolling out the way they are supposed to. I read testimonies written by Rifqa on her facebook when it was online. She’s always been very adept in communicating the way she feels. The words she shares are words that come from her heart. Jesus is in her heart, so if anyone is telling her what to say, it is Jesus who is doing so, from within her heart.

    In the video she requests prayers: Pray for Rifqa.

    She also expresses what she wants: She wants to worship JESUS!

    That is all she wants, but she doesn’t want to die while doing so. This seems like a simple request in the land of the free, but obviously not, considering her circumstances.

    One thing’s for sure: her faith is being published across the globe. Some seeds of Truth are being planted in some doubting hearts. God is being glorified as He will always continue to be glorified.

    Regarding the fighting between religions, Christ is not about religion, but a relationship with Him. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and He will come in to your heart just like He did in Rifqa’s heart. He will be your friend every day of your life if you want Him to.

    I mean no disrespect to the Muslim religion. I don’t know Rifqa’s parents. I don’t know how passionate they are about their own beliefs. I know within the Muslim faith, there are kinds of Muslims just like there are kinds of Christians. Some are mild, some are extreme. I am under the impression that only 2% of all Muslims worldwide are extreme.

    I know that there are children in America like Rifqa who were murdered by their parents for converting to Christianity.

    If you want to read something Rifqa wrote on facebook, she also published one story here: http://blogwilder.com/2009/03/on-campus-at-the-ohio-state-university/

    She changed her name on her facebook, and on this blog, to Anna Michelle after her father almost beat her with her laptop, in a way of hiding her faith from her father.

    Sorry this is so long.

    Be blessed, In Christ, Andrew Messenger

    Andrew Messenger on August 14, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I believe there is something additional here that is really important. What happens here can impact other Muslim females in similar situtations in the US. If Fathima prevails it might encourage others to do the same thing. Let’s hope so.

I_AM_ME on August 14, 2009 at 8:17 am

I am from a small town close to Columbus. The city has been engorged by Muslims thanks to the liberal Democrat mayor, Michael Coleman. He has assured that Columbus, will remain liberal and Democrat with all of his imports. Regardless of this young ladies’ age or reasons, I applaud her for leaving a true cult, and finding true religion. I will pray for her, as I hope all do.

Kellie on August 14, 2009 at 10:30 am

concerned, will you stop pasting your rubbish around the net. The girl is 17, if she wasn’t, don’t you think by now it would be noted otherwise. You are not helping this cause by instilling doubt where there should be none. I doubt your motives have good intentions tbh.

Pip on August 14, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I’m just trying to understand why the big age discrepancy on Myspace. I am concerned for her and other Moslem women no matter what but better she should be who she really is because if the church is “using her” for their own agenda, it will be worse for everyone.

    Concerned on August 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Hey Nakruh- how about defending islam instead of attacking Christianity?

Maybe you can start by explaining hadiths, like, oh, say, “”The Promise of the Stone and the Tree.”It tells a story about Abu Hurayra, one of the Prophet’s companions who quoted the Prophet as saying: “The hour [the Day of Judgment] will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.A Jew will [then] hide behind a rock or a tree, and the rock or tree will call upon the Muslim: ‘O Muslim, O slave of Allah! there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!’ – except for the gharqad tree, for it is one of the trees of the Jews.”

Phreak on August 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

I was only saying that she should not fear death since she has accepted the lord Jesus Christ as her savior. Therefor she gets to go to paradise should she die, and who wouldnt want that?

I dont want to defend Islam, what Im trying to do is say that not every Muslim is an extremist. Not all Muslims follow the Koran’s commands of killing, just like how no one follows the bibles command to kill gays.

nakruh on August 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Nakhuh

    “…just like how no one follows the bibles command to kill gays.”

    Please provide chapter and verse, liar.

    goldenmike4393 on August 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

How come nobody has questioned the integrity of the Christian church/organization that has taken Rifqa in?

Think about that for a minute!

She’s distressed about her home situation. Then she finds some (supposedly) Christian organization in Florida on the internet and just runs there. Did Rifqa get references from a friend or friends that she trusts about this group? Did her local church give Rifqa a reference so she knew what she was running to? Who the heck are they!

Have you ever heard of the Vatican Priest scandal? Who’s to say she’s in competent hands in Florida?

We all know what Rifqa is running from. Nobody seems to have thought about what she has run TO.

If somebody has verifiable information on the Christian institution that is sheltering Rifqa, please feel free to share it here.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Chances are very good the anonymous Christian group
    is not going to murder her no matter who they are.

    Rollie Robinson on August 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Altough she went from one idiot religion to the next idiot religion i would say don’t send her back and keep her away from those next idits.

bookie on August 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm

“After all she is now a member of the only true religion, unless anyone wants to chellenge that.” narkruh

I challenge your sanity.

What are you babbling about? I think any 17 year old in America should be able to live her life without fearing her family is going to MURDER HER.

Try to wrap your head around that instead of posting banal diatribes on “true religion,” or other such dumb insolence. That’s what you’re practising really, isn’t it. Dumb trollish insolence?

It’s not a very adult tool of rhetoric.

Jack Bauer on August 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm

This is sad indeed. I live in Columbus and I’m appalled that the local police seem to be taking the father and brother’s side of the story. The article in today’s Columbus Dispatch says that they say she is “free to study any religion she wants, but she has a responsibility to study her ‘own’ religion first”. Scary stuff.

Monty on August 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm

What i was saying is that now she is a christian she should not fear death since she will get eternal paradise. Isnt that the point of it? Accept Jesus, get into heaven, now she can do it faster.

nakruh on August 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

It’s a shame such extreme cases like these give a bad name to Islam. I don’t doubt the danger she’s in, but I do agree that they’re presenting this in a way to further the hype for the Christian cause and promoting hatred for Islam. Urgh.

Darn on August 17, 2009 at 2:56 am

    It’s a shame such extreme cases like these give a bad name to Islam.

    Darn on August 17, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Actually, the qu’ran gives I-slam a bad name, along with the readers and doers of that lie.

    goldenmike4393 on August 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm

      I see a lot of chatter, but is anyone reporting this case to the ACLU ? Civil liberties are at stake here !

      Everyone in America has the right to follow whatever religion they want without persecution or fear of death.Right?

      or has that all changed and we don’t know that yet?

      Ohio girl on August 17, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Quite strange. Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country where Muslims are of a minority. I’m Sri Lankan and have never heard of any honor killings among anyone. The father might consider her ‘dead’ to the family since she renounced her faith but I doubt that’s he’s going to kill her – it’s not the Sri Lankan way. Middle Eastern way perhaps but definitely not the Sri Lankan way…

M: You’re out of touch. Plenty of Sri Lankan Muslims have committed honor killings. There was a Dr. Islam from Sri Lanka who honor-killed his wife in Michigan b/c he thought she was cheating on him. You really need to educate yourself about this, rather than dismissing out of hand something of which you are apparently quite ignorant. DS

mary on August 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    M: You’re out of touch. Plenty of Sri Lankan Muslims have committed honor killings. There was a Dr. Islam from Sri Lanka who honor-killed his wife in Michigan b/c he thought she was cheating on him. You really need to educate yourself about this, rather than dismissing out of hand something of which you are apparently quite ignorant. DS

    What do you call it when a non-Muslim kills his wife because he thinks she’s cheating on him? Just a murder? If it’s an honor killing to kill your wife for cheating on you then we’ve had a good number of Judeo-Christians involved in honor killings.

    D: How many of these “Judeo-Christian” honor-killings involved the husband burning the wife, cutting her up in various pieces, and disposing of them all over the Midwest, as was the case with Dr. Islam and what he did to his wife? And how many of them were religious people, like the Muslims who murder their wives, sisters, daughters? Get a clue. That was an honor killing, and we know that honor-killings, which statistically happen with far greater frequency in America’s Islamic community than any other (and certainly with far great frequency in the World’s Islamic community), are done in such a heinous way–burning and chopping up women’s bodies into pieces, and beheadings–so as to send a message. There is a reason the divorce rate in America’s Jews and Christians is far higher than that of America’s Muslim community. We leave our spouses when we have problems. They murder and mutilate theirs. DS

    Dave on August 20, 2009 at 3:29 am

Hi Debbie and all the other contributers to this forum.I have read with much interest all the comments.Some of them are pathetically childish.I thought name calling is out of fashion.When a Muslim participates what happens to the article?
Most respected Ladies and Gentlemanquote’I come not to praise Ceasar,but to bury him”unquote.Im a humble person.Polite and respectful.I do not insult people or religions.I have some simple questions to pose to the honored participants.What is Sri Lanka?Who inhabits that land.What is their cultural History?Whats their population?What is their Political Status?What is their Political history?What are their products.What do they export.and so on and so forth.
How many of you will know at least some of these answers.I dont know.People usually work a nine to five job with some ecceptions.Its a country where within a short you can enjoy the weather of your choice.The golden beaches are unmatched in any part of the world.A spectacular snset on the West coast is the rule of the day.Every tree every thing in tinged in gold.For those few moments.
Galle.A sleepy little town on the southern coast.Its an old Dutch Fort.Preserved by the ministry of Heritage.There are ramparts similar to dykes.There is no chaos.No problem.Rifqas dad was born,there and educated there.His father and his uncle owned a store in the Galle bazaar.They have passed away.dedicated family men.Hospitable and generous like all Sri Lankans.Peace loving and cheerful.
Rifqas dad being the enterprising young lad,learned about gems and jewelry whilst in his teens.He opened a small shop in the house and sold these items to tourists.As time went by,he made a name for himself as a trustworthy businessman.He kept improvingin his trade.He is a self made man.A clean cut person,who knew how to negotiate and put through a deal.He got married,and has been a loyal loving father and husband.He is the sole provider.The breadwinner.He brought his family to Ohio.All what he has achieved is by his own Blood Sweat and tears.He and his wife were able to send the children to decent schools.
To maintain the standard of living he had to travel often.To Gem exhibitions and other business venues.
He is like his dad.easy to laugh and easy to cry.He has helped many needy people in Sri Lanka.I dont know the details because a Muslim does not reveal what they do in the form of Charity.Hes a peace loving easy going person.He slaves for his wife and family.I know all these details dear friends because i too am from that sleepy little picturesqe town of Galle.Althou my family moved to Colombo,both our families were in close contact as is the custom in Sri Lanka.
There has NEVER EVER been an honor killing in Sri Lanka.If a one time Sri Lankan commits such a heinous crime in America,it doesent mean that all the others too woul;d do the same.Except for a few unfortunate incidents,wherever the SriLankans went they outdid evreyone else.They are savvy and smart.Sri Lanka has the highest rate of literacy in South East Asia.Every Sri Lankan can speak at least two languages,if not more.
People who make allegations should do the necessary research.There are countless numbers of people embracing Islam,all over the world.I wonder why there is such a big hue and cry just because an immature young thing has become a Christian!In Sri Lanka the line of demarcation is not visible amongst religious groups.There are many traditional and religious festivals allthroughout the year.Everybody enjoys everybodys festival.They share in the Merry making and participate in the traditions and rituals.I am a Sri Lankan.Muslims in Sri Lanka are very liberal minded.I thimk because its a tropical Paradise,people tend to be so much more friendly and hospitable.The first thing a Sri Lankan would say even to stranger who has been introduced is,’Please come to my house for a meal soon”Let it be a hut or a mansion.This how they behave.In an emergency the first people to come to your aid are the neighbours.There is ambiance and camaredaries amongst all Sri Lankans.True there was a civil war.it was a political war.When two SriLankans get together they dont need liquor or drugs to get high.They will just start singing.a crowd would gather round them and they will have a sing song.
Rifqa was brought up in such surroundings.Even for a moment to to doubt that Rifqas dad is capable of any violence.is impossible.People who comment dont know about the ways of Sri Lankan life.You will never be alone when in need.you will never go hungry because somebody will feed you
Im a Canadian citizen I love Canada.But I adore Sri Lanka.Although Sri lankans have lush vegetation and still unexplored jungles,we are not Savages.When a person such as Rifqas dad has had such a healthy loving upringing,he cannot be wrong.Rifqa is is in so called fear,and accuses her dad of violence,No Sri Lankan will agree.Live and let live If she wants to be a Christian,so be it.But its very wrong and misleading on her part to accuse her dad.Just because shes looking for an excuse,she cannot blame her dad.In the process The prestige and respect of our beloved Sri Lanka is at stake.Just like in Eric Claptons song,when you point a finger at someone ,at the same time you are pointingfour fingers at yourself.So go figure.
Incidentally Debbie,I know what your surname means.It means Key in German.I have many German friends.Love Peace and Happiness to one and all.As the saying goes all roads lead to Rome.So whether Muslim ,Christian Jewish,and pther religions who believe in a creator,May that one God Bless us all.The Truth shall Prevail.Amen,Ameen,.

Hooriya Careem Marikar on August 20, 2009 at 12:41 am

I am a Senior at New Albany HighSchool and can honestly say this kid is not in the right state of mind. Talking to her friends, one would get the impression that her parents are very respectful and calm individuals, who have a respect for their their children.

Neighbors reported no disturbances concerning her parents. This girl has grown up with the stress of having parents from another culture and an eye infection that has left her blind in one eye. There is no doubt in my mind that she suffers from a deep insecurity that has led her to disown the parents and religion that she feels “lowers” her status in our school.

As a Christian I find it embarrassing to see such a lack of respect for ones parents, and hope the legal system deals Fathima accordingly.

I would also like to say I am stunned by the Revolutionary Church’s involvement. Not only is illegal to hold a runaway, but putting such ideas in her mind (halalh was completely misinterpreted) they have ruined an entire family’s reputation.

New Albany is a close knit community with no relevance given to the color of ones skin or religion.

Alice on August 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm

And honestly at all these comments calling out her parents, do some research and find the clips of news reporters interviewing the parents as the mother cried and the father begged Fathima to come home.

A: Sorry, I did do my research and watched the interviews, and her father and brother seem cold-hearted and calculating. I have no doubt they’d honor kill her. DS

Alice on August 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I have read all the emails on this site and I have to say only one thing.

If the state of FL sends this girl home and violates her right to practice her chosen religion, that sets a precedence that for the rest of this country. It means that Islam rules and Christianity does not. Muslims can do as they please. Christians will stand by and allow another faith to dictate who gets what rights. All of our laws will mean nothing to Muslims. If we start down this road, we will become like England. Muslims will dictate what we as Christians can or can’t do or say to them….in our own country!!

They will run our country and over time abrogate every law we have in their favor. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS. Even if this girl is not killed, our rights to practice Christianity will die. Will we tolerate the THREAT of murder based on Islamic Law? If so, women should prepare to don the hijab Christian or not.

We had better stand up for this girl’s right to religious freedom or we will all lose our right to practice as we want. Totalitarianisim is afoot in Americia in all forms. We had better engage these battles and WIN them or we will lose more than we can imagine.

B. Rickman on August 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm

And honestly at all these comments calling out her parents, do some research and find the clips of news reporters interviewing the parents as the mother cried and the father begged Fathima to come home.

Alice, re your comment above. It IS YOU that needs to do some research, instead of believing every newspaper article that swoons over her parents fauxity and which blatantly fails to include the facts. Get a grip on reality and stop acting so naive, fhs.

Good result. Rifqa gets a short Reprieve (for now).

Thanks DS for your article and all the hardwork that entails keeping this website on track and us all informed. Love it.

Pip on August 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

NO MATTER WHAT RIFQA BERRY CAN NOT GO HOME HER WACKO DAD WILL KILL HER ALONG WITH HER BROTHER! SHE MUST BE GRANTED POLITC ASYLUM AND BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN FLORDIA! WE MUST DEPEND ON FLORIDAS COURAGOUS CHARLIE CHRISS BECAUSE THE COWARD IN THE WHITEHOUSE WONT DO ANYTHING

deborahorourke on August 24, 2009 at 11:25 am

I wonder why more websites aren’t in an uproar about fundamentalist christians killing their own children. Praying over their little ones for a medically treatable condition? You’ve got to be kidding me. They definitely are guilty of murder and hopefully will cool their behinds in prison for the rest of their life.But wait! They’re christians! Let’s let the news die on the vine.
I hope the teen in this article finds peace but something doesn’t ring true here.

@the above high school student: You show a great deal of wisdom. I am not a christian but I’m impressed to see one so young who does not go straight to the foaming-rip-their-heart-out temper tantrum. These people could give a crap about the young girl. They have an agenda and she’ll do right now to help push it. Sad, huh?

Sue Fisher on August 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Sue – I do not understand your analogy of this situation. You are comparing apples to steak.

You have a teenager in America who wants to drop the religion she was brought up with to follow another (like me). My parents allowed me to choose and I never fel threatened.

However,it seems now that you do not have the freedom of choosing another religion if you are brought up Moslem.

I am hearing that Shariah law may be applied with all Moslems within the next 25 years. That is what CAIR is trying to get to. I guess all Americans(***) will be ruled by either U.S. law or Shariah law depending on their religion.
– so Obama was right – he is fundamentally transforming America.
***(American – this term is being deleted from all future school books starting immediately and substituted with ‘person of the United States’). cannot confirm – I saw it on Fox News)

Ohio girl on August 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Does anyone know when she will turn 18,and her problem will be gone, if they don’t track her down and kill her.

spencer on August 31, 2009 at 5:36 pm

This story is ridiculous. The girl is infact lying or needs an excuse to get away from her parents. I am not muslim, but unlike all the other naive unrattional people still in society I research the religions before making a stereotypical comment. Islam does not commend honor killings. Islam in arabic means peace and no where in Quran does it command a person to live a life like that. Please do your research before sounding like an idiot.

sidra Mamsa on September 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Go to wikiislam(dot)com to see what it really means. You seem to be brainwashed by muslim lies.

    dave on September 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm

The last poster is correct. The story IS ridiculous. Sri Lanka is NOT a Muslim country. The girl is from a non extremist family from a non Muslim country. The bigger problem is that she found a stranger online and went to live with him.

There is no evidence that this girl is in danger. Honor killing is not an Islamic thing. Honor killing is a cultural thing and Muslims from Sri Lanka shouldn’t be confused with Muslims from other countries who are into honor killing.

Just because other Muslims do honor killings doesn’t mean this girl’s family will kill her. There are other religions that do honor killings.

I can’t wait until they return this girl.

shaw on September 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

It’s woth to know HONOR KILLINGS IN CHRISIANITY:

If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or your intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)

A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB) … Read More

Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants. (Isaiah 14:21 NAB)

AND WHAT DOES QURAAN SPEAKS:

[And say [O Muhammad]: ‘The truth [has now come] you’re your Sustainer: let, then, him or her who wills, believe in it, and let him or her who wills, reject it.] (Al-Kahf 18:29)

[There shall be no coercion in matters of faith.] (Al-Baqarah 2:256)
[And so, [O Prophet,] exhort them; your task is only to exhort. You can not compel them [to believe].] (Al-Ghashiyah 88:21-22)

[Thus, [O Prophet,] if they argue with you, say, “I have surrendered my whole being unto God, and [so have] all who follow me’ – and ask those who have been vouchsafed revelation aforetime, as well as the unlettered people, ‘Have you [too] surrendered yourselves unto Him?’ And if they surrender themselves unto Him, they are on the right path; but if they turn away – behold, your duty is no more than to deliver the message: for God sees all that is in [the hearts of] His creatures.] (Aal `Imran 3:20)

Open your minds ppl! on September 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm

This is a 17 year old girl that likes to sneak out of her house in the middle of the night and spend time with her “rap star wannabe boyfriend.” What Father wouldn’t be upset with this?? And then running away to Florida on top of that?? He shouldn’t be upset?? If that kind of behavior is “ok” with him, I have to question what kind of Father he really is. There’s no murder threat here….Think about it…Seriously.

Come on everyone. This one is too easy. Stop being suckered into the Islam thing and look at this at face value. It is not any more complex than a rebellious 17 year old girl acting out.

Bill W on September 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm

She lied about almost everything (parents not knowing about her school activities, who paid for the ticket, who picked her up, who she was talking to, etc). She needs mental help, and that is probably it.

Jake on September 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Islam True or False

Litmus Test, for a Imam, Cleric or whoever with a Blank Piece of Paper, by simply folding and cutting, demonstrate with words and images ALLAH’S Bottom Line Doctrinal Message, Qu’ran Reduce!

Truth before any more Honor Killings!
Dear Muslims

Are you aware of the Arian Heresy?

Muhammad starts to take Advantage, during the Decline of the Roman Empire under Heraclion. In order to have a plausible start he proclaimed loudly that those contentions of the Arian’s, Catholics and Jews had brought on the disasters of the Roman Empire.

Then under the counsel of an Arian monk called Sergius and some Jews, he wrote up a harmony of the Catholic, Arian and Jewish doctrine which he called the Koran.

And in order that there might be and end of the contentions, he ordered that fire and the sword be sought against those who rejected that Compromise.

And thus Arius gave occasion for the blasphemous reign of Mohammad, in which the Son of God is subjected every day even now to insult.

From Loci Theologici by Martin Chemnitz.

Save your Soul, Get the Facts, This is not the Dark-ages.

Ambassador for Christ

Mr Dennis Hibbard on September 20, 2009 at 3:15 am

To quote the old testament as proof that it’s OK to kill apostates shows ignorance of the Christian religion. Jesus stated that the New Testament (the Good News) replaces the Old Testament and teaches turn the other cheek and love one another. Perhaps you should read it sometime – but Muslims aren’t even allowed to read it for fear of being murdered. If you try to say that is wrong, I dare you to read it then.

saveher on October 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I agree Sri Lanka is not a Muslim country. I am a Sri Lankan myself. But Sri Lanka although used to be a peaceful country, Christians are still persecuted there but not by Muslims. Even though some of you guys here think “oh I don’t think her father will do honor killing or her mother cried and her father begged Fathima to come,” they may seem to be nice from outside but you never know what they think inside. Why on earth would Rifqa run away from home? Because she became a Christian. I was a Sri Lankan Muslim before but now I am a believer in Jesus Christ and am a Christian. My parents got mad at me and threatened to disown me from the family. Besides, not all Sri Lankan Muslims are liberal as some people are saying here. By history, many Muslims in Sri Lanka are descended from Arab countries and there are some who are descended from Pakistan who are called Memons and Malays. My dad’s family are not liberal but they are conservative and if they know I converted, they could kill. And “Sri Lankan Muslims are not like the Muslims in other countries…” No. They are all the same. They believe in same God and same principles in the Quran. I have that experience. But there are liberal and very conservative and radical Muslims in Sri Lanka. It’s just that there is very, very small population of Muslims in Sri Lanka–like only 7% and very few Muslim schools so many Muslims ended up going to Catholic or Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka but they remained true to their faith. That’s why most non Muslim Sri Lankans do not experience these radical Muslims because of the small population. Don’t get caught in her father’s sweet nice nature. I have gained experience from that even though my parents didn’t threaten to kill me because I have converted. I know for the fact that my father’s family will kill me if they know I became a Christian. I can understand her pain. I pray that God would protect her from evil and I also pray that her parents will know about Christ one day.

sam on November 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I know Mr. Bary from childhood and honor killing is no way in his minds. There is no such honor killing in Sri Lanka.

It will be better if the girl is brought back to the parents and let them teach her Islam and Christianity. Let her gradually grasp both religions and let her think where she should be. The school she attended has no Islamic classes and she was only poured Christianity and at the same time the Pastor has also poured her Christianity. Since that was the only religion she knew she began to consider that and that alone is the religion of God. Hence she ran away to the pastor who brainwahsed her.

A minor’s mind can move from one to another within hours or minutes and she decided it is the only religion which is acceptable by God.

A portion of the fault goes to the parents also, where they have not taught the child their religion at the small stages of life. Since this is new and understanding to her, she followed this and took strong liking.

My daughter goes to a Budhist school, and there was no Islamic teaching there, she studied Budhism, but we as parents should know that we have to teach her Islam also and tell the difference between them and what is the true religion of God. She got marks better than the Buddhist girls and now she can differenciate whats between them.

So allow the girls to return to their parents and let them teach her both religions and let her decide on her own what’s best to her.
ahamed/sri lanka

Ahamed on March 18, 2010 at 7:55 am

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