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Orlando Muslims Say Far-Right Using Runaway

The Muslim community if speaking out about a so-called religious runaway who came from Ohio to Florida saying she feared her parents would kill her because she converted to Christianity.

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The Muslim community if speaking out about a so-called religious runaway who came from Ohio to Florida saying she feared her parents would kill her because she converted to Christianity.

On YouTube, Fathima Bary, who is known as Rifqa, says her parents must kill her because she has converted.

"It's an honor. If they love God more than they love me they have to do this," she said. "I'm fighting for my life."

The teenager's parents, Mohamed and Aysha Risana Bary, have repeatedly denied threatening their daughter, saying that they love her and want her to come home.

"It's completely false," Mohamed Bary said. "Honestly, this is not my daughter who is speaking. I feel she has been coached to say these things."

Many Muslims in Central Florida said the story has a familiar ring – that of a conservative group trying to paint Muslims as barbarians.

"Her assertion that her father is required to kill her to cleanse his honor or something is absolutely ridiculous," Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida said.

Musri said what started as a fight between a teenage girl and her parents after the girl came home late one night has escalated into something debated on national TV with one goal.

"She is being used as a guinea pig to try and demonstrate a religious point of view by some far-right groups that Islam is murderous and it's not true," he said.

Rifqa's attorney has said that the mosque attended by her parents has terrorist ties. Musri said if that were true, the FBI would be all over the group.

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