(Updated) Bristol Palin: Meriam Ibrahim and her family are now safe and free in Italy!
Posted by Dr. Fay on July 25, 2014
Meriam Ibrahim and Her American Family Free in Italy!July 25, 2014 by 0 Comments
I’ve written about Meriam Ibrahim here, here, here and here. Thank you to all of you who urged diplomatic action on her behalf, to save her life and the lives of her American children. As you remember, she was imprisoned because of her Christian faith. Given the chance to renounce Christianity, she refused. What amazing courage!
I’m so happy to tell you that she and her family are now safe and free in Italy!
The ACLJ reports:
After being under U.S. protection in the American Embassy in Khartoum for the last month, Meriam her two young American children Martin and Maya, and her American husband Daniel were flown out of Sudan on an Italian government plane, escorted by Italian personnel.
This is a huge victory for religious liberty. Meriam, Martin, and Maya have gone from suffering on death row in a brutal prison because of Meriam’s Christian faith to freedom in Italy.
It is believed that Meriam and her American family will be traveling to the U.S. in a matter of days, but today they are safe and free in Italy.
We are thankful for the Italian government’s critical involvement in this case.
Fox News also reported on this great news!
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, has been flown to Italy on an Italian government jet, accompanied by that country’s vice-minister for foreign affairs.
Reuters reported that Italian television broadcast images of Ibrahim, 27, arriving at Rome’s Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italian politician Lapo Pistelli. Earlier, Pistelli had posted a picture on his Facebook page depicting himself with Ibrahim and her two children. The caption, translated from Italian, read “With Meriam, Maya, Martin and [Ibrahim’s husband] Daniel, a few minutes from Rome. Mission accomplished.”
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was among those who greeted the plane, calling it “a day of celebration.”
At times like these, I am SO thankful for you guys, who were willing to pray and sign petitions on behalf of Meriam. Thank you!!
Thank you, Bristol, for keeping everyone informed. And thank God for His deliverance of Dr. Meriam Ibrahim and her family out of the hands of those who persecuted her for her faith.
This article by Caitlin Burke at CBN News is noteworthy:
US Mostly Absent in Meriam Ibrahim ReleaseFriday, July 25, 2014————————-—————————-
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mom who refused to recant her Christian faith even in the face of death, will soon head to the United States.
The news comes one day after she and her family were allowed to leave the U.S. Embassy in Sudan, where they took refuge after her release from prison.
Meanwhile, critics note that although Ibrahim’s husband and children are American citizens, it was the Italian government and the Vatican that negotiated her release, not the United States.
Tina Ramirez, founder of the religious freedom organization Hardwired, said that’s unacceptable.
“It is a matter of U.S. foreign policy under the International Freedom Act of 1998 that we do care about religious freedom whether it’s an American citizen or not an American citizen,” Ramirez told CBN News.
“But the fact that her husband is an American citizen makes this case more unfortunate that the U.S. didn’t get involved from the beginning,” she said.
Meriam Ibrahim is safely in Rome but is her ordeal over? Tina Ramirez, founder of Hardwired, explains what’s next and how you can continue to help below:
While Ibrahim was in prison the Canadian government provided her with an air conditioning unit and some fans, and the British organized meetings with her legal team.
The United States was absent from those meetings.
Lawmakers and advocacy groups contend her case reveals the administrations ambivalence toward religious freedom.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, said this is not the time for the United States to be taking a lax stance on religious freedom.
“The entire world seems to be aflame right now with persecutions of not only Christians but minorities in all sorts of places,” Moore said.
Moore said the president’s indifference is further exemplified by his failure to appoint a new U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom — a position that’s been vacant since October.
Also at CBN News:
Sudanese Christian Mom Now Free, Arrives in ItalyCBNNews.com Friday, July 25, 2014[…]
A judge dropped the sentence after international outcry, but not before Ibrahim was forced to give birth to her second child in shackles.
Her release comes just one day after a congressional hearing about her plight, where religious rights advocates warned that her case is just one of many.
“She is the tip of the iceberg,” Zuhdi Jasser, vice-chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee.
“For every one case of Meriam Ibrahim, there are hundreds, if not thousands of those Sudanese and others who are victims of a draconian implementation of Sharia law that creates an existence for the Sudanese under the leadership of President Bashir that is really an abomination of religious freedom,” he charged.
Perkins, who also testified before the House panel, agreed, suggesting the Obama administration has dropped the ball on addressing religious persecution.
“The United States needs to show more concern about religious hostility and persecution abroad, in particular the case with Meriam Ibrahim, where I think the response of the United States has been woefully inadequate,” Perkins told lawmakers.
Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the subcommittee was equally critical, saying the U.S. State Department is aggressively promoting gay rights at the expense of religious rights.
Sadly, Obama is too busy suppressing religious freedom in this country to care about religious freedom in another country. Just before the 2008 election, Pastor Steve Foss wrote that God had told him in 2006 that after George W. Bush that America would elect her most ungodly President ever. Here is an excerpt from Pastor Foss’s letter, which you can read in full here.
I want to put this deep in your spirit. I am speaking as a prophet. The words I’m about to tell you are “thus saith the Lord”. If Barack Obama is elected, the attacks against free speech, against those who believe differently than he does, and the systematic use of the government and laws to silence the voice of fundamental Christians will be unlike anything ever seen in this nation before.
We have been forewarned. And we need to do everything we can to remove Obama from office by impeachment if necessary and to tie his hands from mischief during his last two years in office by electing a Republican majority in both the House and Senate. Boots on the ground are very important, but most importantly, pray and vote!