Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy

Rick Moran
A Sudanese judge has sentenced a pregnant Christian woman to death for refusing to denounce her religion and embrace Islam.

She was also sentenced to be flogged for having sex with her husband in a marriage not recognized by the state.

Someone remind me what year this is.

Los Angeles Times:

Ibrahim refused a court order Sunday giving her several days to renounce her Christian faith, which resulted in the sentencing Thursday.

Amnesty International issued a statement describing the sentence as abhorrent and called for Ibrahim's release.

"The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent," said Manar Idriss, Amnesty International's Sudan researcher.

"The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent," said Manar Idriss, Amnesty International's Sudan researcher.

"Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law," Idriss said in the statement. "The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which includes the freedom to hold beliefs, is far-reaching and profound; it encompasses freedom of thought on all matters, personal conviction and the commitment to religion or belief."

Ibrahim was charged after being reported to authorities last year by a member of her family because of her marriage to a Christian, according to her supporters. In February, the court added a charge of apostasy based on her 2012 marriage in a Christian church and the fact that she insisted in court that she was Christian.

Her mother, an Orthodox Ethiopian Christian, married a Sudanese Muslim who was never at home as Ibrahim grew up, according to the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, a network of 80 civil society women's organizations based in Khartoum.

Ibrahim, currently jailed with her son, will be allowed to give birth and raise her second child until the age of 2 years but then faces execution. Sudanese authorities refuse to allow Ibrahim's son to reside with her husband because the husband is Christian.

If you follow this sort of news, you know that this is not an isolated incident. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria - the death toll for Christians who are being persecuted solely because of their beliefs is rising rapidly. The US State Department claims that America is "deeply disturbed" by this sentence. No doubt we are. The question is; what are we going to do about it?

We're giving billions in aid to these countries. We can start by cutting them off until they enter the 21st century. No more money for governments stuck in the Middle Ages. The US taxpayer has no business funding governments that treat their Christian citizens like this.

 

A Sudanese judge has sentenced a pregnant Christian woman to death for refusing to denounce her religion and embrace Islam.

She was also sentenced to be flogged for having sex with her husband in a marriage not recognized by the state.

Someone remind me what year this is.

Los Angeles Times:

Ibrahim refused a court order Sunday giving her several days to renounce her Christian faith, which resulted in the sentencing Thursday.

Amnesty International issued a statement describing the sentence as abhorrent and called for Ibrahim's release.

"The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent," said Manar Idriss, Amnesty International's Sudan researcher.

"The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent," said Manar Idriss, Amnesty International's Sudan researcher.

"Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law," Idriss said in the statement. "The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which includes the freedom to hold beliefs, is far-reaching and profound; it encompasses freedom of thought on all matters, personal conviction and the commitment to religion or belief."

Ibrahim was charged after being reported to authorities last year by a member of her family because of her marriage to a Christian, according to her supporters. In February, the court added a charge of apostasy based on her 2012 marriage in a Christian church and the fact that she insisted in court that she was Christian.

Her mother, an Orthodox Ethiopian Christian, married a Sudanese Muslim who was never at home as Ibrahim grew up, according to the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, a network of 80 civil society women's organizations based in Khartoum.

Ibrahim, currently jailed with her son, will be allowed to give birth and raise her second child until the age of 2 years but then faces execution. Sudanese authorities refuse to allow Ibrahim's son to reside with her husband because the husband is Christian.

If you follow this sort of news, you know that this is not an isolated incident. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria - the death toll for Christians who are being persecuted solely because of their beliefs is rising rapidly. The US State Department claims that America is "deeply disturbed" by this sentence. No doubt we are. The question is; what are we going to do about it?

We're giving billions in aid to these countries. We can start by cutting them off until they enter the 21st century. No more money for governments stuck in the Middle Ages. The US taxpayer has no business funding governments that treat their Christian citizens like this.