by Larry Peterson
Meriam Ibrahim is a 26-year old doctor from Sudan. She married a Christian man, Daniel Wani, in 2011 and they have an 18-month old child. His name is Martin. Meriam is now eight months pregnant with their second child but she has a “little” problem. She has been sentenced to death by hanging; her crime— “apostasy”. She must have forgotten that her long, lost father (who she had never seen after her sixth birthday) was a Muslim. Therefore, she was not allowed, under Sharia law, to marry a Christian man. Once she did that she was considered to have rejected Islam and became an “apostate”. That is a big “NO-NO” in Sharia world, especially if you are a woman. If you are a wife, a mom, and almost due to give birth to another child, that is just too bad. You are an “apostate” and must be destroyed.
Meriam was dragged into court and told she must repent of her sins. She refused and was promptly sentenced to death by hanging (no lethal injections in Sudan). Oh yeah, she was also sentenced to 100 lashes for committing “zena” which is Arabic for illegitimate sex. She committed this evil act with her husband who, being a Christian man, automatically morphed Meriam into an adulteress. Meriam was steadfast and again and again refused to repent. She told the judge, “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.” She may not hang because she will have to survive the l00 lashes that come first. The sentence is to be carried out after her baby is born.
There is another piece of Meriam’s story that for some reason seems to have been ignored. Her husband is a South Sudanese Christian who became a naturalized American citizen in 2011. His wife has been imprisoned for marrying him and their 18-month old son is in prison with her. Why? Because daddy is a Christian and the child will NEVER be given over to an “infidel”. Meriam and Martin have been denied medical care and the father has been refused access to his own son.
By virtue of his father’s American citizenship, the child is also an American citizen. The father said that officials at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum have told him that he must prove he is the father with a DNA test before they try to help him. Are you KIDDING me? An American citizen who happens to be a “toddler” less than two years old is being left to languish in a Sudanese prison with his mom while she awaits torture and death for being married to his father. And American officials tell the boy’s dad, “Prove he is your son.” HUH!!!!!
We all have heard about the maniacal Islamist group called Boko Haram. They are the ones who kidnapped the 300 young girls from their school and destroyed all the buildings. They are also the ones who a few weeks earlier had enclosed a schoolroom filled with young boys and burned them to death with “fire hoses”. Fifty-nine bodies, some just a pile of ashes, were recovered. Many were, besides being burned, also shot. These stories of Christian persecution, torture and murder and the continued and ongoing Islamic attempt to annihilate Christianity are daily events around the world. Christians face untold horrors in countries such as China, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and other places.
Meriam Ibrahim and her American baby son, Martin, are just an example of what individual people go through who follow Christ. Martin Wani is less than two years old. He is an American citizen because of his dad’s naturalization. Where is the outcry from the United States of America? Where are the #Hashtags for Meriam and Martin. Since when does the USA allow their own little children to be incarcerated in a foreign prison with his mom who is awaiting execution. The war on Christianity and Christians continues. It seems that the government of the USA is helping it to succeed. It is all so hard to believe.