Friday, May 16, 2014

War on women in America...really?

A pregnant Sudanese woman who married a Christian man was sentenced to death yesterday after she refused to recant her Christian faith. Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was convicted of "apostasy" on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape death, said her lawyer, Al-Shareef Ali al-Shareef Mohammed.

Sudan's penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims into other religions, which is punishable by death. A number of Sudanese have been convicted of such apostasy in recent years, but they all escaped execution by recanting their new faith. But 26 year-old Ibrahim, who is eight months pregnant – refused to recant her faith and now faces death.

Ibrahim and her husband were married in a formal church ceremony in 2011 and have an 18-month-old son, who is with her in jail. As in many Muslim nations, Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith. By law, children must follow their father's religion.

Amnesty International has condemned the sentence, calling it "abhorrent", and the Obama administration said it was "deeply disturbed" by the sentencing and called on the Sudanese government to respect the right to freedom of religion.

Unfortunately I doubt anything from the US government will carry much weight, especially since it refuses to acknowledge freedom of religion right here in America by forcing religious people to pay for contraception and abortifacients, and by forcing private business owners to partake in homosexual unions that the Bible deems sinful. Those are just two examples.

The Christian persecution taking place all over the world is real. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration’s tepid condemnation of the Sudanese sentencing will do as much to quell persecution of Christians as Michelle Obama's twitter campaign will help free those kidnapped girls in Nigeria.

As for the American women who whine that there is a war on women in America because some people don’t want to pay for their contraception, shame on them. They should try living in Sudan. I bet they wouldn’t last a week. Literally. 

But if they did, maybe when they returned to America they would finally value what real freedom is -- while we still have some semblance of it, anyway.

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