A pregnant Sudanese woman who refused to renounce her Christianity was sentenced to death by hanging Thursday in a Khartoum court, provoking outrage from human rights groups. The court also ordered Ibrahim to be flogged for having sexual relations with her husband, since her marriage is not recognized by officials.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, who has a young son and is married to a Christian from South Sudan, violated Islamic sharia law, the court said. She insists she was raised Christian, not Muslim. Ibrahim refused a court order Sunday giving her several days to renounce her Christian faith, which resulted in the sentencing Thursday.
Amnesty International issued a statement describing the sentence as abhorrent and called for Ibrahim's release.
"The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent," said Manar Idriss, Amnesty International's Sudan researcher.
"Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law," Idriss said in the statement. "The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which includes the freedom to hold beliefs, is far-reaching and profound; it encompasses freedom of thought on all matters, personal conviction and the commitment to religion or belief."
Once again the abomination of religion raises its ugly head
This is just a small preview of what my fellow Ex-Muslims have to go through, especially those living in Muslim populated countries.
Unfortunately Islam is so intertwined with culture, religion and political laws, it has become very hard for it be reformed. The followers of its religion are in dire need of being reformists so they can stop adhering to the extreme outdated policies and laws of the 14th century. The Jews went through it, and Christians in the West, have gone through it, I don't understand why its taking the Muslims this long. But then again it doesn't help when access to free education there is so scarce.
I'd say I was a Scientologist to save my life, and to not leave my children motherless. I don't get it. I guess it's because I don't care about religion. I am not blaming her - it is what her religion says she must do, probably. Although, this might be a good time to turn the other cheek.
Can the Sharia Court officials actually make reference to specific scripture in the Torah or other Muslim text that supports the severity of such an infraction? If anything can be said about the Muslim justice system it is that the punishment is unduly severe to the point of insanity. Similar to the devices of justice doled out during the Spanish Inquisition of the middle ages.
It troubled me greatly when Great Britain recently decided to incorporate & recognize Sharia Law as a legitimate segment of the English legal system.
That is horrific, but it is just a case in the news. I'm sure stuff like that goes on all the time at the village and region level and never makes it into the mainstream news. All civilized countries and the UN should protest, but in doing so remembering that it's just one case among many.