Rifqa Bary, 17, ran away from her family in
The teen heard of the pastor and his church through a prayer group on Facebook. The girl's parents reported her missing to
In a sworn affidavit, Rifqa claims her father, Mohamed Bary, 47, was pressured by the mosque the family attends in
But, Mohamed Bary told CNN a lot of false information has been given and "we wouldn't do her harm."
In a court filing Monday, John Stemberger, Rifqa Bary's attorney and president of the Christian advocacy organization Florida Family Policy Council, accused the parents'
Renee Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel staff writer reports, "Neither John Stemberger nor FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas would say whether Noor, its members or leaders are under investigation for terrorist-related activities." (August 31 2009)
The Sentinel also reports that Stemberger, in a 35-page pleading he said he filed Monday, alleged that Hany Saqr, a physician and chairman of Noor, was listed in the 1992 phone directory that ties him to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group Stemberger described as "responsible for birthing virtually every terrorist organization in the world, including al-Qaida." (August 31 2009)
According to Andrew Bostom of the U.S. Copts Association,"The extreme Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio is where the internationally known Hamas cleric, Salah Sultan, was the resident scholar before being banned from the United States. Salah Sultan is known as a global terrorist who publicly advocates the killing of Americans and Jews. The largest cell of Al Qaeda operatives was operating from the largest mosque in the Columbus area. Columbus is one of the cities under current investigation concerning the U.S. operations of Al-Qaeda." (August 24 2009)
ABC Channel 6 in Columbus reports, "The mosque says hate groups are using a family matter to attack the Muslim community and Islamic organizations in an effort to further their own religious and political goals." (September 2 2009)
There have been radical Muslims in Columbus, including three who are now serving federal prison terms for conspiring with suspected terrorists to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, a Columbus-area shopping mall and unspecified targets in the U.S. and Europe. Those men -- Iyman Faris, Nuradin Abdi and Christopher Paul -- worshipped at another Columbus mosque near the Ohio State University campus, according to Fred Alverson, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Columbus.
Channel 6 also reports that Columbus police question the girl's claim of being in danger. Mohamed Bary "comes across to me as a loving, caring, worried father about the whereabouts and the health of his daughter," said Sgt. Jerry Cupp, chief of the Columbus police missing persons bureau. Rifqa's father and the Islamic Society of Central Florida say she's being "brainwashed by a cult", "kidnapped by a cult", that she's a "rebel", a "troubled teen".
Reports state that such apostate or mercy killing victims are generally beautiful, Westernized, and dressed in a manner that perhaps Islam would term "provocative." The Muslim girls who live in the West actually lead two lives. Two such girls were Amina and Sarah Said, who were murdered by their father in
A judge in Florida on September 3, 2009, ordered Rifqa to stay exactly where she is -- in Florida -- until the Florida Department of Law Enforcement can find out whether her home is safe.
Here, from Jihad Watch (August 12, 2009), in Rifqa's own words, is dramatic testimony on her behalf:
Why does Rifqa believe she will be killed?
"Islam is very different than you guys think. They have to kill me. My blood is now halal, which means that because I am now a Christian, I’m from a Muslim background, it’s an honor. If they love God more than me, they have to do this ... I’m not sure, but in 150 generations of my family no one has known Jesus. I am the first one. Imagine the honor in killing me. There is great honor in that. Because if they love Allah more than me, they have to do it. It’s in the Koran."
"He (Rifqa's father) said he would kill me. Or he’d have me sent back to