Call to action!
Your prayers and phone calls to Congress are needed to save a pregnant female physician, Dr. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who has been sentenced to death by the government of Sudan.
Because Dr. Ibrahim, though born to a Muslim father, married a Christian man in 2011.
The 26-year-old woman, who is eight months pregnant and has an 18-month-old son, was convicted of apostasy – or renouncing her Muslim faith – by a court in Khartoum. She is also charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man.
Judge Abbas al-Khalifa ordered her to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam.
Like St. Joan of Arc, the brave woman calmly told the judge: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”
So the judge ordered that she be given 100 lashes, then told this brave Christian martyr, “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death.”
A government spokesman said the ruling could be appealed in a higher court. “Sudan is committed to all human rights and freedom of faith granted in Sudan by the constitution and law,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abu-Bakr Al-Siddiq said. He added that his ministry trusted the integrity and independence of the judiciary.
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Outside the court, around 50 people held up signs that read “Freedom of Religion”, while some Islamists celebrated the ruling, chanting “God is Greatest.”
“The fact 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 abhorrent,” said Amnesty International.
White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement Thursday evening, “We strongly condemn this sentence and urge the Government of Sudan to meet its obligations under international human rights law” and to respect the religious freedom guaranteed in Sudan’s constitution. Blah. Blah. Blah.
Source: The (Irish) Independent
Phone no. of the Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121
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H/t Orly Taitz