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“THE CLOCK IS TICKING”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 29, 2014) — A petition at whitehouse.gov to save a young Christian mother of two from flogging and death for refusing to renounce her faith currently has more than 11,000 signatures after slightly more than 24 hours online.
On May 15, Meriam Ibrahim Wani was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery for marrying a Christian and an additional sentence of death by hanging for “apostasy” for refusing to embrace Islam.
Meriam gave birth to a daughter, Maya, on Tuesday, in squalid prison conditions without medical attention. Her 20-month-old son, Martin, is imprisoned with her.
Meriam is a doctor and her husband Daniel a biochemical engineer who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Daniel has seen his family twice since their imprisonment in February, when Meriam was five months pregnant.
The Family Research Council (FRC) quoted the United Nations as having reported that one child dies each day in the ghoulish Khartoum prison in which Meriam and her two young children are held captive by their Islamic Sudanese court and jailers.
A White House petition requires 100,000 signatures for the Obama regime to purportedly take action on it. Since Meriam has given birth, the first part of her sentence could be carried out at any time. “The clock is ticking,” according to various sources and congressmen now involved in attempting to convince the government of Sudan to release Meriam and the children and the U.S. State Department to offer Meriam political asylum, U.S. citizenship, or both.
Various reports have stated that the two children are U.S. citizens by virtue of their father’s U.S. citizenship at the time of their respective births.
Daniel lives and works in New Hampshire but applied for a visa for his wife and son shortly after their marriage in late 2011. When he went to inquire as to the status of his application for his wife at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum last September, Meriam was arrested by police and charged with adultery. Her brother had filed the complaint against her for marrying Daniel, claiming that since their father was a Muslim, Meriam had broken the Sharia law which dictated that she must also practice Islam.
Another petition from the Faith & Freedom Coalition to save Meriam has 7,383 signatures. Concerned Women for America also has launched a petition, calling Meriam’s imprisonment a “gross abuse of religious freedom and human rights.”
As this article went to press, the whitehouse.gov petition increased to 12,799 signatures.
The clock is ticking.
A Post & Email subscriber wrote on Thursday:
I wanted to let you know I have been able to call a couple dozen congressional offices on the issues surrounding Miriam Wani.
Calls can also be made to the Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC, the U.S. State Department, and congressmen and senators. A petition to members of Congress to vote in favor of H. Res. 601 to free Meriam.
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Update, 10:55 p.m. EDT: The White House petition now has 13,002 signatures.
Update, 8:50 a.m. EDT, May 30, 2014: The petition now has 17,300 signatures.