Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian who was sentenced to death for leaving Islam, despite never having been a Muslim (according to Sudanese law she is as her father was one), arrived in New Hampshire today. She refused to recant her Christian faith despite the death sentence placed on her by the Sudanese government. Although the death sentence was postponed until her daughter, born in May, reaches the age of two years, the child and her 18 month old brother both lived with their mother in a filthy Sudanese jail. Daniel Wani, Meriam’s husband, is a naturalized American citizen hence she and the children can legally live in the United States.
The Italian government played a major role in helping the family leave the Sudan and also sent a government plane to bring them to Italy. After meeting the pope and spending a week in Rome they flew to Philadelphia were they were greeted by Mayor Michael Nutter who spoke of freedom and about how fitting it is that she should arrive in the United States at Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, which was founded for people of all faiths. He also presented her with a small replica of the Liberty Bell. I’m sure she understood the symbolism of this gesture, and if she does not know it already, she will soon learn that the Liberty Bell was cast with these words from the bible on it: "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." (Leviticus 25:10). From there they headed to Manchester, NH, where there is a community of about 500 Sudanese. Her husband and his brother make their home in Manchester.
It had been speculated, even a few days ago, that the family would somehow go to, or through, Washington, DC, and indeed that could still happen. But the White House has been silent on her release, the American Embassy in Khartoum was most unhelpful (until the story went viral) or she would have arrived here months ago, and their story exposes the truth about Islam and about Christianity. The truth is that Islam is very, very bad, especially for women and children, while Christianity is quite the opposite. It also reveals that people want to live in America and that it is a refuge for the oppressed, while the Sudan (97% Islamic) is a place they want to escape from. Hence, it seems unlikely they will be invited or even want to visit Washington, DC to meet American officials there.
Let My People Go
America is not as free as it once was, and although the decline started decades ago, it has accelerated since 2008. Meriam Ibrahim has two small children and a husband with health issues, so one cannot realistically expect her to become an activist in the near future. However she will most certainly become an American citizen, and even if she never becomes an activist, her story exposes the falsehoods that we are presented with here in America on an almost daily basis. Just as it will be impossible for her children to ignore this history, so too will it be impossible for the Sudanese and evangelical communities in America to conceal the truth. These truths of American greatness and of the superiority of Christianity to Islam are embedded in their story. This was a victory for Christianity, for freedom, for America, and also for Italy.
But what about the many problems we face in America, now headed by a Muslim (or at the least a Muslim-world sympathizer)? The freedom we still have is in marked contrast to what she and her family have known in the Sudan. We can expect that their story will be told and retold to countless numbers of people throughout the land. This is a story that is unfolding now, there is a photograph of them on Facebook mid-flight on their way to Rome, and there are photographs of them in Rome and arriving in Philadelphia. This story needs to be told, far and wide. Let those who learn of their story draw their own conclusions, as the conclusions are obvious.
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