Petition 'Strongly Urges' White House to Intervene On Behalf of Sudanese Mother

May 28, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – The Family Research Council (FRC) posted a White House petition on Wednesday that "strongly urges" the Obama administration to intervene with Sudanese authorities for the release of Meriam Ibrahim, a mother of two who has been sentenced to die for not renouncing her Christian faith.

“We strongly urge the administration to take action in the case of Dr. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who with her toddler and newborn baby (who pending the proper documentation are American citizens) is languishing inside a prison in Khartoum,” the petition states.

“While Meriam awaits execution for the ‘crime’ of converting to Christianity, her children are forced to be at her side in a prison that a 2008 U.N. document reported as having an infant mortality rate of one per day in the summer. No innocent child should be in this situation.

“We urge you to pressure the Sudanese government to release Meriam and her children so she can escape execution and possible death of her children and be rejoined with her husband in the U.S. Please grant her expedited safe haven in the U.S., where she could seek asylum.”

A total of 100,000 signatures are needed on the petition by June 27 to force the White House to respond.

Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani

Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to death in Sudan for apostasy, is married to Daniel Wani, a Christian who holds American citizenship. (Photo: Gabriel Wani/Facebook)

"This young, 27-year-old mother - a professional, a doctor - is being held in a prison with her 20-month-old and newborn under horrible conditions," FRC president Tony Perkins told CNSNews.com.

"We have a duty and an obligation to speak out and exert pressure on this president to act on behalf of this mother, who is married to an American citizen.

"Childbirth is difficult under normal conditions. I can only imagine what is was like for her to give birth in this prison, which is infested with mosquitoes and disease, and try to care for a 20-month-old and a newborn," Perkins said.

"This puts the spotlight on Islam, which is not only a religious system, but a legal and financial system as well," he noted.

"There's no denying what we're looking at here," Perkins continued. "The facts are there. This woman was sentenced to death simply because she declared herself a Christian.

"We must confront it. We cannot deny it. If we refuse to act, our hearts are so hardened that we're beyond hope in this nation," he told CNSNews.com.

“Two innocent American children are imprisoned abroad as their life hangs in the balance. If President Obama will not act in a situation like this, what will he act upon? Does Obama care?”

Ibrahim, whose 20-month-old son, Martin, remains incarcerated with her, recently gave birth to her second child, a daughter. Her husband, Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen she married in 2011, was not allowed to be present at the birth of his youngest child, named Maya, or visit his family at the Obdurman Federal Women’s Prison, according to Mohamed Abdelnabi, one of her lawyers.

“All I can do is pray,” Wani said.

Under Sudanese law, any Muslim who publicly adopts another religion commits apostasy and is subject to the death penalty.  However, Ibrahim testified at her trial that she has never been a Muslim.

The Sudanese mother, who has become an international symbol of the persecution of Christians under Shari’a law in Muslim-dominated countries, will be allowed to nurse her newborn for two years before being hanged for apostasy, a court in Khartoum recently ruled.

However, the court also declared that Ibrahim’s second sentence should be carried out immediately after her delivery: 100 lashes for “adultery” with her Christian husband.