Video: Outrage grows over Sudan death sentence for pregnant Christian

posted at 12:01 pm on May 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

There is a US connection to the case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, who drew a death sentence plus flogging of 100 lashes for the crime in Sudan for being a convert to Christianity. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) has begun pushing to get a grant of political asylum from the State Department while her family prays that Sudanese officials will deport her rather than execute her in their adherence to shari’a law:

The Boston Globe has more on the local connection to Meriam’s plight:

The heart-wrenching story of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old pregnant Sudanese woman, is rippling through New Hampshire, the adopted home of her husband, galvanizing activists, neighbors, and politicians to call for her rescue.

Ishag, 27, ran afoul of Islamic shariah law by marrying Daniel Wani, now a US citizen who lives in Manchester, N.H., with his brother, Gabriel. The family’s plight has captivated the small but tight-knit community of Sudanese immigrants here, many of whom fled religious persecution and strife in Sudan.

“The regime in Sudan, they can do whatever they want to do,” said Pastor Monyroor Teng, who heads the Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church in Manchester. “We’re all still wondering, how is she going to survive this?”

Ishag, who is more than eight months pregnant, was shackled at the ankles when her husband saw her in prison, Wani has told media outlets. Other media outlets have described Ishag as a physician.

“Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag’s sentencing is an abhorrent violation of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms,” US Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement. “No one should be treated as a criminal for exercising the right of religious choice.”

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the State Department said the United States is “fully engaged diplomatically in the case,” and had communicated “strong concern at high levels of the Sudanese government.” The statement reiterated an earlier US call for Sudan to respect international and Sudanese laws protecting freedom of religion.

Sudan has come under increasing pressure at home and abroad to rescind the death sentence and end criminal penalties for “apostasy” from Islam. So far, the Sudanese government isn’t budging, but they are finding themselves with few allies, the Guardian reports (via Lisa Graas):

Sudan is facing mounting condemnation for sentencing a pregnant woman to be whipped and then hanged for adultery and apostasy, and for keeping her shackled in prison with her toddler son a month before she is due to give birth.

Governments, the UN and human rights groups have called on the Sudanese government to immediately release Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, and overturn both her death sentence and sentence of 100 lashes. More than 100,000 people have backed a call by Amnesty International to release Ibrahim. …

Her lawyers have lodged an appeal against the sentence, which may be heard in Khartoum this week. Ibrahim is being held in harsh conditions and is constantly shackled, according to Amnesty. Her 20-month-old son, Martin, has been kept in prison with her since February.

Ibrahim has been told that her execution will be deferred for two years to allow her to deliver and then wean her baby.

Her husband, Daniel Wani, who left Sudan for the US in 1998, has travelled to Khartoum to try to secure the release of his wife and son. He said Ibrahim was being denied medical treatment and he had not been allowed to visit her or Martin, according to media reports.

The Sudanese authorities have reportedly refused to release the child to his father’s care because of his Christian faith.

The two-year extension gives the diplomacy route more time to have an impact, but Meriam still faces threats to her health and that of her children while incarcerated in these conditions. Pray for Meriam, and contact your elected officials to make sure that State is putting maximum pressure on Sudan for her release.


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WryTrvllr on May 27, 2014 at 12:33 AM

It’s not that long ago that Christians were burning witches in the name of their god.

Annar on May 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Heh, that’s the best you got, eh?

Othniel on May 27, 2014 at 1:12 AM

To Annar on May 26 at 3:11 pm

In this part of the world, people were executed (they were hanged) for supposedly using witchcraft against their neighbors. But not in at least three hundred years. What’s your idea of “not that long ago” ?

ansonia on May 27, 2014 at 1:50 AM

A long-established ministry called The Voice of the Martyrs advocates for and assists persecuted Christians around the world. You can read about their work, and the many people who need our help and prayers, at http://www.persecution.com .

KyMouse on May 27, 2014 at 7:47 AM

It’s not that long ago that Christians were burning witches in the name of their god.

Annar on May 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

not that long ago atheists were gang raping 11 year old children as way to stave off starvation.
see how stupid generalizations work.
jese…1 town full of idiots possibly jacked up on mushrooms/hallucinogenics (the theory seemed to have legs) has some idiots on power trips and thats somehow representative of all christians.

dmacleo on May 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Open Doors, a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, is also a ministry with a writ to act on behalf of the persecuted.

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/

pendell2 on May 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Annar … dude, that was like 300 years ago!

mel23059 on May 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

It’s not that long ago that Christians were burning witches in the name of their god.

Annar on May 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

This is historically illiterate.

Witch trials were primarily functions of secular authorities.
There are examples of the church being involved but in most cases in European history the churches interceded to try to end witch trials.

Most witch trials were really mobs being placated by secular authorities or neighbors using the secular “justice” system to attack each other.

gwelf on May 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

No problem. We fix problems like this with a hashtag now.

Hey, what’s Honey Boo-Boo doing tonight?

Galtian on May 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

This is the real war on women…where the hell is Pelosi, Feinstein, Sandra Fluke, Debbie Downer…

…I could go on and on…

Since this is not happening in America, it has no use for the leftist agenda, and is actually a distraction and is counter productive to their cause, which is to disparage and destroy American and Western culture and bring about an all powerful socialist state as envisioned by the Frankfort School.

Wallythedog on May 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Annar … dude, that was like 300 years ago!

mel23059 on May 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Islam is 600 years younger than Christianity. Do they get that long to catch up to Western morality? The Portuguese inquisition lasted until 1821 and that in Mexico ended in 1820. The problem is that this was mainstream religion justified by the Catholic church fathers who had, what seemed to them, good theological arguments. The followers of Martin Luther also did their share of stake burnings and other executions in Christ’s name.

Annar on May 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

So, Annar … that makes this just Okey-dokey? Don’t give us this “religion of peace” crap until they’ve “evolved”. I suppose we’ll have to wait until the 24th centruy, or whatever, for that. I get it now.

mel23059 on May 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Islam is 600 years younger than Christianity. Do they get that long to catch up to Western morality?

Annar on May 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Even if one accepts the argument for the institutional moral equivalency of the religions (I don’t, but let’s run with your idiotic premise), you have put your finger on the intractable problem right there.

We don’t have 600 years for Islam to catch up to civilization. We don’t have 60 years. This is the Nuclear Age. This is the era of recombinant DNA. This is the era of insect sized killer drones. In well under 60 years we will have weapons and super intelligent machines you cannot even imagine now.

Can Islam civilize itself in one generation? Two, at the most?

If not, then the world has one Hell of a problem in Islam.

fadetogray on May 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

mel23059 on May 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I don’t know how you got that out of what i wrote. You did see the question mark?! In any case I’d stamp out Islam tomorrow if I had the power to do it. A good place to start would be to have the U.S. refuse bi-lateral relations with any country that has Islam as an official state religion.

Annar on May 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

More reasons why the only good muslim is a dead muslim. Muslims should not be allowed into the US.

earlgrey on May 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

As long as the immutable “Holy Koran” insists that non-Muslims must convert or die, Islam will be a Problem.

And remember, they don’t mind killing each other, because they believe that if you disagree with them, even though you believe yourself to be a good Muslim, you are an infidel and/or apostate, and by order of their “Prophet” must be killed. So each sect will kill all others, as well as any non-Muslims.

The only time their prophet was willing to “allow” infidels liberty, was when the Muslims themselves were at the mercy of non-believers. Thus, the only way to stop the Jihadis is to use force; and to credibly continue to threaten them if they don’t behave. Under these circumstances only, will they live in peace with their neighbors.

ReggieA on May 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

According to this report, she gave birth to a daughter today. This baby girl joins her mother and 20 month old brother in prison. Unless someone intervenes, it appears nothing now stands in the way of Meriam’s beating and execution. http://aclj.org/sharia-law/christian-woman-sentenced-death-sudan-gives-birth-to-american-girl-prison

MAzingrace on May 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I suspect that Reagan would by now have informed the Sudanese ambassador that because of her marriage to an American citizen, the United States had extended its protection to Ms. Ishag. He would then have asked when it would be convenient for the Marines to evacuate her, and suggested that any misfortunes that befell her would be revisited upon the President of Sudan threefold.

Thank Heaven we don’t live in that old, blunt-power-serving-decency world any more! /sark

PersonFromPorlock on May 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM

True that, PersonFromPorlock. I well recall his response to Gaddafi in ’86. President Reagan “didn’t play”.

MAzingrace on May 27, 2014 at 8:58 PM

I suspect that Reagan would by now have informed the Sudanese ambassador that because of her marriage to an American citizen, the United States had extended its protection to Ms. Ishag. He would then have asked when it would be convenient for the Marines to evacuate her, and suggested that any misfortunes that befell her would be revisited upon the President of Sudan threefold.

Thank Heaven we don’t live in that old, blunt-power-serving-decency world any more! /sark

PersonFromPorlock on May 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Obviously, the great Ronald Reagan would have done that.

I think some other modern Presidents would also have done something similar.

Like so many issues facing the US right now, I feel like there is no one in command. Worse, I feel like Obama is actually working against this country on purpose. He can’t be screwing up every front by mistake.

Best case scenario, it’s by mistake and there is no one at the helm of our ship.

The next 2 1/2 yrs can’t go fast enough for me.

Disgraceful!

May God help this brave woman.

Elisa on May 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

It’s not that long ago that Christians were burning witches in the name of their god.

Annar on May 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

And damn near just yesterday a father killed his two teenage daughters in the back of his cab.

Islam.

WryTrvllr on May 27, 2014 at 11:48 PM

It’s not that long ago that Christians were burning witches in the name of their god.

Annar on May 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

or this.

http://www.aol.com/article/2014/05/27/pregnant-pakistani-woman-stoned-to-death-by-family/20893557/?icid=maing-grid7|maing11|dl3|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D481011

WryTrvllr on May 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I’m not sure why we are discussing historical accounts of which religion has killed more people. A very real (and currently alive) woman is in very real danger of losing her (current – yeah it’s happening now) life. Her husband is an American citizen as are (according to most definitions) her newborn daughter and not quite two year old son who have been imprisoned with her.

MAzingrace on May 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

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