I've been following, with a kind of horrified paralysis, the case of Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to 100 lashes on a trumped-up charge of "adultery" and to be hung for the crime of being a Christian.
In an all-too-real case that sounds like something straight out of Roman history, Meriam was asked to deny her Christianity, refused, and was sentenced to death by the government of Sudan. The 100 lash sentence has been handed down because she married a Christian, a marriage the Sudanese government does not recognize because it deems Meriam to be a Muslim. Hence, her relations with her Christian, American husband are deemed sexual sin.
Meriam has a twenty-month-old child and is eight months' pregnant. She will be allowed to bear her baby and then, presumably, horribly lashed and hung. Or maybe if her wicked persecutors are feeling kind, they'll just hang her instead.
Meriam's husband, Daniel Wani, is a naturalized American citizen as of ten years ago, resident in New Hampshire for seventeen years.
Mark Steyn points out, what I had not realized, that the reason that Meriam was at the tender mercies of her Muslim brother, who "turned her in" for marrying a Christian, and of the evil Sudanese government was because she and Daniel were following the rules and trying to get her into the U.S. legally as Daniel's spouse. Because the wheels of immigration grind exceeding slowly, she was still waiting around for a spousal visa, and now she is locked in a Sudanese prison with her (American citizen) toddler and a child in the womb, facing horror and death.
Steyn is on a roll:
"The process is complicated and not certain": There's another epitaph for the republic.
Since that boils down "The bureaucracy makes it up as it goes along", the question: what should they be prevailed upon to make up next? My senator, Kelly Ayotte, has called on John Kerry to grant Mrs Wani political asylum, as soon as he's finished boring college graduates into the ground with his ecopalyptic doom-mongering.
On Saturday, President Obama issued a Tweet in observance of International Anti-Homophobia Day:
"No one should face violence or discrimination—no matter who they are or whom they love." —President Obama
Fine words, but, as is often the case with this man, utterly empty. An American citizen is about to have his life ruined because of "whom they love". Daniel Wani suffered discrimination from the US Government because he fell in love with Meriam Ibrahim. And, because of that discrimination, he now faces violence from the Sudanese Government, which presently has his entire family - his wife and unborn child, and his two-year-old son - shackled in Khartoum. After Meriam gives birth, she will be hanged, and Daniel, because he has committed the crime of being a Christian, will never see his children again.
Those children are American citizens, and this is not a Sudanese news story but an American one.
The man has a point.
We Christians must earnestly pray for Meriam Ibrahim. If she dies for refusing to renounce her faith, she will die a martyr for Christ, but we should pray that, if it be the Lord's will, that cup will pass from her, her husband, and her little children. May they be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, not in an evil and cruel religion that murdered their mother.