“They love Allah more than me. They will have to kill me. This is not some threat. This is reality. If they send me back to Sri Lanka, I will be dead. There are hundreds of cases just like this. Don’t send me back to my parents, I don’t want to die.”
17 year old Ohio teen, Rigqa Bary, native of Sri Lanka, ran away to Orlando for fear her Muslim father would kill her for becoming a Christian. She sought help from a family she barely knew — a pastor and his wife willing to take in a teen who feared her own family’s retribution because she converted to Christianity.
Once in Orlando, she borrowed a cell phone to call Beverly Lorenz, who with husband Blake Lorenz is a pastor of Global Revolution Church in Orlando. The Lorenzes met the girl through a prayer group on Facebook. Although the girl was a stranger, Beverly Lorenz told her they would house her. The teen told the Lorenzes she feared her family would hurt her, kill her or send her back to Sri Lanka, Beverly Lorenz said.
“We are doing everything we can to protect her,” said Blake Lorenz, who said he has been told his life may be in jeopardy.
When the petite girl walked into court, she immediately bolted for Beverly Lorenz, who held her. The teen then joined Blake Lorenz at a table with lawyers. He comforted her throughout the entire hearing with his arm around her shoulder. Rosa Gonzalez, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, told Orange Circuit Judge Gail A. Adams the teen is in fear for her life. The sight of her father makes the teen “frantic and hysterical,” Gonzalez said.
Reached by a Sentinel reporter by phone, the girl’s mother said little. “Yes, of course” her daughter would be safe should a judge eventually order her back there, she said. And her father would not harm his daughter if she wanted to be a Christian, the woman said. (Liar Liar, Liar, we know that is not true)
Imam Hatim Hamidullah, with the Islamic Society of Central Florida, said the Muslim faith does not call for a father to hurt his child, should she convert to another religion.
“It is not Islam for the father to bring harm upon his blood daughter or any other human being because of anger,” he said. “Our position is to exhaust all measures that would bring peace and harmony back to the family,” Hamidullah said. “Being angry and threatening the life of someone is not one of those methods.” (LIAR, LIAR, LIAR) ORLANDO SENTINEL H/T Dave
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