The Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christianity was released last week after another detention. She made her way to Italy with her family, where she had an audience with the Pope. She is reportedly headed to the United States. [Read more…]
This weekend there were reports that Sudan would release the woman who was condemned to be hanged because she would not repudiate her Christianity. But now Sudan is denying those reports, saying that only a court ruling could release her. The woman, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose husband is an American, had her baby in prison, where she is also caring for her 20-month-year-old son. She had her baby baptized. [Read more…]
That would be Pakistan, according to Jesse Johnson. It isn’t just that Christian are persecuted by the government. The entire culture systematically excludes, punishes, and torments Christians. Christians may not attend schools or universities, so most of them are illiterate. This keeps them from getting decent jobs. Their testimony is not accepted in a court of law, so they lack legal protection. Their daughters are routinely kidnapped. Christians are often accused of blasphemy and murdered. [Read more…]
More details about the Sudanese woman we blogged about who was sentenced to hang because she would not renounce her faith is married to an American. Her father was a Muslim, so her conversion constitutes apostasy. Also, marrying a Christian constitutes adultery, for which she was sentenced to 100 lashes. Since she is pregnant, the flogging and the hanging will not take place for two years, until the child is born and weaned. The new development is the information that her husband is an American. As would be her child. She has another child, Martin, who is 18 months old and who is being imprisoned with her. Both children would also be Americans citizens. [Read more…]
Globally, we are back to the early Church.
A court in Sudan has sentenced a pregnant woman to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Twenty-seven-year-old Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is already the mother of a 20-month-old son, was convicted of apostasy on Sunday and given four days to abandon her faith.
On Thursday, Judge Abbas al-Khalifa handed down the death sentence in Khartoum after Ibrahim told the court, “I am a Christian.” [Read more…]
Not “Islamic,” but “Islamist,” meaning radical and jihadist. Does this approach to foreign policy strike you as feckless and naive? (And do you know what “feckless” means?)
The Obama administration is preparing for the prospect that Islamist governments will take hold in North Africa and the Middle East, acknowledging that the popular revolutions there will bring a more religious cast to the region’s politics.
The administration is already taking steps to distinguish between various movements in the region that promote Islamic law in government. An internal assessment, ordered by the White House last month, identified large ideological differences between such movements as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and al-Qaeda that will guide the U.S. approach to the region.
“We shouldn’t be afraid of Islam in the politics of these countries,” said a senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe internal policy deliberations. “It’s the behavior of political parties and governments that we will judge them on, not their relationship with Islam.”
Islamist governments span a range of ideologies and ambitions, from the primitive brutality of the Taliban in Afghanistan to Turkey’s Justice and Development Party, a movement with Islamist roots that heads a largely secular political system.
None of the revolutions over the past several weeks has been overtly Islamist, but there are signs that the uprisings could give way to more religious forces. An influential Yemeni cleric called this week for the U.S.-backed administration of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to be replaced with Islamist rule, and in Egypt, an Islamist theoretician has a leading role in drafting constitutional changes after President Hosni Mubarak’s fall from power last month.