The Christian Post website reports today that a teenage girl from Ohio, who ran away from home after she became a Christian, can remain free from her Muslim parents, according to the terms of a court settlement.
Although Rifqa Barry's parents have been fighting to regain custody of her since August, 2009, under the court agreement this week, the 17-year-old teen can stay in a foster home under state custody in Columbus, Ohio until she turns 18. After she becomes 18, Barry will be free to live where she chooses.
Barry's attorney told an Ohio juvenile court that the girl and her parents -- who emigrated to the U.S. from Sri Lanka -- love and respect each other, and will try to resolve their differences through counseling.
Since last August, Barry had been involved in a legal battle with her parents, claiming her father had said, "If you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me! I will kill you!"