Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sudan sentences Christian woman to death for apostasy, but then downplays the incident

In a horrific example of religious persecution, Sudan sentenced a woman to death for apostasy, for refusing to renounce Christian faith, although it later indicated it would waffle and probably commute the sentence. CNN has an updated story here,

The incident is the latest in a series of terrifying stories from Africa, including anti-gay laws in several countries, the kidnapping of hundreds of girls in northeastern Nigeria by a terror group, and civil war in the CAR.  Companies that have to send workers to some of these countries (like oil companies) really willl have personnel issues on their hands.  Churches probably won't be able to provide volunteer assistance.

Wikipedia attribution link for Sudan oil and gas map.

Update: June 1, 2014

At the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC, Stam Hastey mentioned the case from the pulpit.  He indicated that the woman's Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, had been born of a Muslim father, which according to some implementations of Sharia law, makes her a Muslim.  She says she was always a Christian, and is legally married to a US citizen husband who says he is Christian, and has two children by him (the second about to be born).

Update: June 5, 2014

Suzanne Fields has a column in the Washington Times today, Commentary section, "The gallows for a Christian: Sudan says it will execute a mother of two who won't renounce her faith", link here.  However, TWT had reported May 31 that Sudan had released her to "wean her infant" (for two years?) and then she will be lashed and hanged.  

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