In case you haven't yet heard - a woman in Sudan who married a Christian American man has been convicted of apostasy - the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief. She has been sentenced to death by hanging.
Meriam Ibrahim, a physician who is six months pregnant with their second child, was raised by a Christian mother after her Muslim father abandoned them. She married Daniel Wani, a Christian from South Sudan, in a formal church ceremony in 2011. Together they have an 18-month-old son, Martin.
The case became known to authorities when members of her father's family complained Ibrahim was born Muslim and had renounced her faith. They said her birth name had been Adfal and that she had changed it to Meriam. Ibrahim's lawyer says the documents presented by the family "proving" her name was Adfal are fake.
Ibrahim was initially charged with adultery because the government did not recognize her marriage to a non-Muslim. While she was waiting for a trial on that charge she was charged with apostasy. Her 18 month son is in jail with her because Sudanese law does not allow a non-Muslim parent to have custody of their own children.
Ibrahim told the court that she did not renounce Islam. "I was never a Muslim. I was raised Christian from the start," she said.
The judge gave her time to renounce Christianity and return to Islam. It didn't happen.
Ibrahim's execution will be delayed so she can give birth to and nurse her unborn baby. Once the baby is born, however, she will receive 100 lashes as part of her punishment. When her baby is weaned she will be hanged. How generous is that?
Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), who is chairman of the House committee that oversees U.S. policy in Africa, called on the international community to take action in the case. “The refusal of the government of Sudan to allow religious freedom was one of the reasons for Sudan’s long civil war. The U.S. and the rest of the international community must demand Sudan reverse this sentence immediately.”
When a "religion of peace" executes people who don't follow their faith there is something incredibly wrong. And before anyone chimes in about the Holy Crusades let me remind them that the crusades basically ended in 1291 AD. Let's come back to the modern world.
Islam is not really a religion but more of a political ideology disguised as a religion. That's why they can kill infidels in the name of Allah without a second thought and legally execute people who disavow or refuse to be a part of it. In the modern world, to my knowledge, Islam is the only "religion" that advocates and aggressively enacts killing of non-believers. Christianity certainly doesn't. Of course there are those nut jobs like Eric Rudolph who claim to be doing God's work when they kill abortionists, etc., but those beliefs are not taught by the Christian faith or the Bible, which is the Christian faith.
This case is a perfect example of how Islam contradicts its own statements when it comes to being a "religion of peace." There is nothing peaceful about killing others - regardless of the reason or justification. It's still violent behavior. Let's toss political correctness aside and call it what it is.