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Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, right, is seen with her husband Daniel Wani.
Photo credit: Global Justice Center in Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim after being sentenced to die by a Sudanese Court for refusing to recant her Christian faith was released from prison today following a ruling by an appeals court that reversed her death penalty and recognized her marriage.

Ibrahim, raised a Christian by her mother and the daughter of a Muslim father, was charged with apostasy and adultery for marrying a South Sudanese Christian man. The government of Sudan considers all Sudanese-born children of a Muslim father to automatically be Muslim themselves.  They also did not recognize her marriage to a South Sudanese Christian immigrant man, Daniel Wani, who is now a U.S. citizen.  Ibrahim was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery.

He gave birth to their second child in prison.

BBC confirmed with her attorney that she has been released.

Caffeinated Thoughts spoke with Faith McDonnell, the director of the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s religious liberty program last week.  McDonnell criticized the lack of action on the part of the U.S. State Department on behalf of her husband and children who are U.S. citizens.

McDonnell in a released statement said today, “I am very happy to hear the news that Meriam Ibrahim has not only been released, but her marriage to Daniel Wani has been recognized and all charges have dropped,” McDonnell said.  “This should encourage not only all of us who have campaigned for Meriam, but all those who are advocates for freedom and secular democracy in Sudan that the regime does respond to pressure. Now the regime must be pressured to protect Meriam’s courageous attorneys who are receiving death threats for helping her.”

“It is time to put more pressure on the Obama Administration to instruct the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to do what they should have done long ago — verify the U.S. citizenship of Meriam and Daniel’s children, Martin and Maya, and provide a spousal visa for Meriam so that they can come to America with Daniel. It is time to increase pressure on the Administration to act on behalf of all the people of Sudan,” McDonnell added.

5 comments
  1. I find it interesting that there are so many out there that do not realize that all those immoral laws the extremist Muslims follow are right there in the Christian Bible. It was immoral then, and it is immoral now.

    1. Bruce, anyone who picks up a Bible knows that about the Old Testament law. We also take time, unlike you apparently, to understand why God commanded that of the Israelites at that time during that context.

      We also have read John 8 and see how Jesus treated the woman caught in adultery and understand the Old Testament’s law in relation to the Gospel.

      1. Considering that even among fellow Christians, you find people who do not agree with your interpretations (I think we can both agree there are plenty of various interpretations to go around), how do you expect anyone else to agree with you? Your group has now become the minority when it comes to your views of same-sex marriage.

        Where did those other Christians that disagree with you go wrong? Why can’t they see your “truth”? Are they immoral? Less intelligent? Less deserving of God’s love?

        In the end, there is no clear evidence because it all comes down to faith.

      2. Unfortunately, everyone interprets the Bible differently. Most extremist groups don’t believe that the Old Testament laws were written for Jews only and were temporary as with the death of Jesus they were fulfilled. There are many different sects within the christian faith as well as the Muslim faith and you will find that most of the extreme ones tend to pick and choose which laws and rules they follow. Even though the Bible is against homosexuality, it also says we must love them regardless as we have no right to judge them for their lifestyles. No one is perfect and many Christians may stray far from their faith but it is not anyones place to judge them here on earth even if they are doing it to others.

      3. I am not a Christian anymore and for me, if you want to deny people their rights, you need to offer up evidence as to why everyone should listen to you. If your reason is based solely on your religious “faith” then I do judge you because at that point you are going against what this whole country was founded on, freedom of religion.

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