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Muslim family: Problems with Rifqa Bary began with laptop gift
by Rene Stutzman
Mohamed Bary is a doting Muslim father, intent on giving his daughter the best education he can. But he says he made a terrible mistake last October: He bought her a laptop computer.
Because of that laptop and access to the Internet, he says he lost his daughter to Christian extremists.
Fathima Rifqa Bary, 17, is 800 miles away, living with a Christian foster family in the Orlando area. She is a runaway who has become a cause célèbre among evangelical Christians. She fled Ohio last month, saying her father had threatened to kill her because she had converted to Christianity.
Not true, Mohamed Bary said.
"I still cannot believe she would think that," he said.
But somebody planted that idea in her head, and he is convinced it was someone she met on the Internet.
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