The Christian mother in Sudan who is currently facing the death penalty for her faith "should be executed," her brother said in a recent interview.
Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, brother to 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, said in a recent interview that he turned his Christian sister in to the authorities because his family are "Muslim people" who "will not deny Islamic law."
"It's one of two; if she repents and returns to our Islamic faith and to the embrace of our family then we are her family and she is ours," he told CNN. "But if she refuses she should be executed." more >>
Christians and religious minorities face a "unique" form of religious freedom restrictions in Saudi Arabia, a persecution watchdog group says, noting that not a single church is allowed to exist in the country.
"Not a single church or other non-Muslim house of worship exists in the country," says Bandar al-Aiban, the director of the Saudi National Human Rights commission. Churches are not allowed to exist "because the entire country is a 'sacred mosque' for Islam's holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina."
International Christian Concern has highlighted the extent of the restrictions in Saudi Arabia, which is officially an Islamic state, and the consequences they have on the millions of Christians, who are mostly foreign workers, living there. more >>
Activists comprising the small Christian minority in Sudan say they are now afraid to pray after a Christian mother in the county was recently sentenced to death for her faith.
One Christian activist who chose to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisal said in a recent interview that he and others are afraid for their lives following the recent death sentence delivered to Meriam Ibrahim, who has been accused of apostasy and adultery for her Christian faith.
"The church is now contaminated with terror. You don't feel safe in prayer," the activist told CNN in a recent interview. The media outlet also reports that since Ibrahim's sentencing in May, the country's few Christian churches have become progressively emptier as Christians hide their faith, afraid of a similar fate to Ibrahim's. more >>
A petition to the White House calling for President Barack Obama to directly respond to the case of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother on death row for her Christian faith, has already reached over 37,000 signatures in the first week of its launching, but needs 100,000 by the end of June.
"We strongly urge the administration to take action in the case of Dr. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who with her toddler and newborn baby (who pending the proper documentation are American citizens) is languishing inside a prison in Khartoum," the petition started on May 28 reads.
"We urge you to pressure the Sudanese government to release Meriam and her children so she can escape execution and possible death of her children and be rejoined with her husband in the U.S. Please grant her expedited safe haven in the U.S., where she could seek asylum." more >>
A federal judge sided with a Texas school district this week, saying that the district was right to reject a Christian company from advertising its tattoo Jesus campaign on a billboard near the school's Lowrey Field.
U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ruled in favor of Lubbock Independent School District on Thursday. The school district was previously sued by the company Little Pencil after it refused to allow an advertisement at Lowrey Field featuring an image of Jesus, covered in tattoos with negative sayings such as "outcast," "addict" and "jealous."
The school district said it denied the advertisement because it was a form of proselytizing and violated the school's policy on visible tattoos. Little Pencil argued that by not allowing the company to display the advertisement, the school district was violating its First Amendment rights of religious freedom and free speech. more >>
A Sudanese woman recently sentenced to death for her Christian faith is unlikely to renounce her religion, her husband says.
27-year-old Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was sentenced to death earlier in May for apostasy and adultery due to her Christian religion and her marriage to a Christian man. Although Ibrahim is scheduled to be killed by hanging in two years, she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
"There is pressure on her from Muslim religious leaders that she should return to the faith," Daniel Wani, Ibrahim's husband who is also Christian and a U.S. citizen, recently told CNN. "She said, 'How can I return when I never was a Muslim? Yes, my father was a Muslim, but I was brought up by my mother.' " more >>