Friday, May 16, 2014

No freedom of religion in Sudan

Freedom of religion is something we take for granted. Its nobody's business but your own what you believe, and its certainly nothing to do with the government. In Sudan, its a different story:

A Sudanese court has sentenced a pregnant woman to hang for apostasy - the abandonment of her religious faith - after she married a Christian man.

According to Amnesty International Dr Maryam Yahya Ibrahim who is eight months pregnant, was raised a Christian.

But the authorities consider her to be a Muslim, because that was the faith of her father, who was absent during her childhood.

She was also sentenced to receive 100 lashes for adultery because the court deemed that her marriage was not valid on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan was void under Sudan's version of Islamic law, which says Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslims.

But lest anyone think they're inhumane, they're not going to beat and kill her until after she's given birth. Isn't that nice of them?

This is absolutely barbaric. Its not up to the government to decide what you believe - its up to you. And the idea that a marriage could be declared invalid because a party didn't belong to the "right" religion is simply ridiculous.