Parents Say Couple Brainwashed Their Daughter

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Bary's parents say they love their daughter and want her home.

From the moment this controversy erupted, Rifqa Bary has maintained that her parents wanted her dead for converting from Islam to Christianity.

"They love God more than me," she said. "They have to do this. I'm fighting for my life. You guys don't understand. They don't understand!"

Mohamed Bary, Rifqa's father, says that will never happen.

"She is free to practice whatever she believes in. No problem," he said during an interview with ABC News. "She can practice in my house. I have no problem. We love her. It's our daughter. She being a Christian doesn't mean she's not my daughter."

The Bary's continue to blame a Florida Christian couple, Blake and Beverley Lorenz, for brainwashing their daughter.

In July, Rifqa found refuge with the Lorenz's, who pastor a church in central Florida. She escaped from her home in Ohio after she says her Muslim father threatened to kill her for dishonoring the family.

She found the Christian couple on the social networking website, Facebook.

For now, Rifqa's mom just wants her daughter back home.

"So we love her. We miss her every single day, Aysha Bary said. "We need her back home."

"But she's saying she's living in fear of her father - of your husband," the ABC News reporter said. 

"No, I don't think so," Mrs. Bary responded.

When asked if she thought Rifqa was making up that fact, Mrs. Bary said yes.

But those who decide to walk away from Islam do so under real danger. Ergun Caner converted to Christianity when he was 16-years-old.

"My father disowned us, disowned me and then my brothers later, and did so as an act of mercy," he explained. "He did so because he believed that he knew what would face us if we went back to our home country.

According to Islamic law, any Muslim who rejects the faith commits apostasy and is punishable by death.

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