An Open Letter to President Barack Obama about a Christian Facing Death in Sudan

From Morningstar News:

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, 27, and her Christian husband also have a toddler son. As marriage to a Christian man is prohibited for a Muslim woman in Sudan, Ibrahim also could be given 100 lashes for “adultery,” the sources said. If convicted of “apostasy” and “adultery,” the whipping and execution would be administered soon after giving birth to her second child, due next month, according to a rights worker for Justice Center Sudan in Khartoum.

“We are fighting for Meriam’s life, freedom, and fair treatment – according to the law, if she had been a Muslim she should be killed soon after she gives birth to her child,” said the rights worker, whose identity was withheld for security reasons.

Married to a South Sudanese Christian who obtained U.S. citizenship several years ago, Ibrahim’s nightmare has included denial of bail, insufficient medical care for both her and her unborn child, beatings in prison and a U.S. Embassy that has offered little help, sources said.

Dear Mr. President:

I plead with you in the strongest possible terms to intervene on behalf of Meriam Ibrahim, the wife of an American citizen, who is being held in a brutal Sudanese prison along with her toddler son. You and Michelle recently expressed concern for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, and in your role as President this situation is far more important, given the citizenship status of Meriam’s husband and son.

This is not altogether unlike your own birth situation, with one parent a citizen, and one not.

Meriam has clearly been unjustly imprisoned, and is facing execution due to who she loves, and married. Surely you do not think this is acceptable, do you? You also recently spoke out about “problems” with the American death penalty, yet without question this situation is worse than anything happening in America. Does it not deserve your attention and action?

In addition, your State Department is mandating a blood test to prove their son’s status before they’ll even consider stepping in to help. Really?!? Here at home you’re seeking—with no tests or requirements or background checks—to make tens of millions of non-citizens into citizens, yet you use excuses not to assist little Martin? I simply do not understand.

Mr. Obama, please do not ignore this situation. As American citizens, Daniel and Martin Wani deserve our most strenuous diplomatic intervention on their family’s behalf. The government of Sudan needs to be told in no uncertain terms that America is watching, and expects them to set this family free. Thank you.

Bob Allen

P.S. I also call on the leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to speak out in the strongest possible terms against what the government of Sudan is doing to this family. Gentlemen, if you say nothing now, then with respect I would urge you to forever shut up about alleged injustices and slights to Islam here, and please pack up and leave.

If you say nothing, I will simply have to believe what we see in Sudan is truly what you want to see here, and that your protests are simply designed to buy time until you can rule America the same way your fellow Muslims are ruling in Sudan.