A Sudanese woman sentenced to death while she was pregnant for marrying a Christian man and converting to Christianity as a child was forced to give birth in shackles, according to her husband.
Meriam Ibrahim's U.S. citizen husband Daniel Wani told The Telegraph in a recent interview that he was angry at the treatment his wife received while she was in labor at the Omdurman Federal Women's Prison in North Khartoum, Sudan.
"They kept a chain on her legs. She is very unhappy about that," said Wani. more >>
A pregnant Christian woman from Sudan who has vowed to never renounce her faith in Christ even after being sentenced to death for it, gave birth to a baby girl in prison on Tuesday.
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, who has been shackled in jail for the last four months, gave birth five days early in the hospital wing at the Omdurman Federal Women's Prison in North, Khartoum, according to a Daily Mail report.
"This is some good news in what has been a terrible ordeal for Meriam. I am planning to visit her with her husband Daniel later today. I think they are going to call the baby Maya," her lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa Elnour, told the Daily Mail. more >>
WASHINGTON – The Rev. Franklin Graham told a large gathering of pastors on Thursday to address controversial issues from the pulpit, declaring that "God hates cowards."
Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, based his remarks on Revelation 21:8, wherein God lists eight groups of people who will be "in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
Of groups like murderers, idolaters, unbelievers, and others, the first group of persons listed were the cowardly. It was this first group that Graham focused on for his speech, titled "Standing Strong on the Controversial Issues," at the Thursday evening session for the 2014 Watchmen on the Wall National Briefing. more >>
A few days ago in Sudan, an eight-month pregnant wife and mother was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to renounce Christ and embrace Islam.
According to the LA Times:
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. more >>
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore has called upon U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to use his influence to halt the execution of pregnant Sudanese woman Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, calling the act "abhorrent" and one that "should be condemned outrightly by the leadership of the United States government."
"I encourage you to personally denounce the sentencing of Mariam Ibrahim as cruel and inhumane, to demand her release, and to use the diplomatic influence of the State Department to advocate for this most fundamental human right, the freedom of religion and belief," Moore wrote in a statement released this week.
Ibrahim, 28, was sentenced to 100 lashes on May 15 by the court that ruled she had converted from Islam to Christianity and that her marriage was void as she had married a Christian man. The mother of a 20-month-old toddler has been told that she will be allowed to give birth before she is executed. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has been severely beaten in Iran while being transferred from the hospital, which he spent the last two months in, back to Rajai Shahr prison, the American Center for Law and Justice reported.
"This is an extremely disappointing development - one that breaks my heart," said Abedini's wife, Naghmeh. "Our family is deeply saddened and we continue to pray for Saeed - for his safety and his release. We are very grateful that so many people around the world continue to pray for Saeed."
The ACLJ, which represents Naghmeh and the couples' two children in the U.S., reported on Tuesday that the transfer occurred without any advance notice. Abedini's family members in Iran added that he was "severely beaten" during the incident, though the precise nature of his injuries was not described. more >>