Sudan woman faces death penalty for apostasy - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
Oce Eeco stashed this in Contemporary Middle Ages
"A Sudanese court has given a 27-year-old woman until Thursday to abandon her Christian faith or face a death sentence, judicial sources have said.
Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, who was born to a Muslim father, was charged with apostasy, as well as adultery, for marrying a Christian man, something prohibited for Muslim women to do and which makes the marriage void.
The human rights group, Amnesty International, said Ishag was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother's religion, because her Muslim father was absent.
Ibrahim's case was the first of its kind to be heard in Sudan, the Reuters news agency reported. A final ruling will be announced on Thursday."
She refused to abandon it.
She's now officialy sentenced to death.
Is it unusual to sentence someone to death for being Christian or does this happen regularly there?
There are a lot of Christians living there. So no, she hasn't been sentenced for being Christian. She has been sentenced because she, according to the judges, quitted Islam to become Christian.
<<Ishag was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother's religion, because her Muslim father was absent.>>
<<Ahmed Bilal Osman, Sudan's Information minister, said: "It's not only Sudan. In Saudi Arabia, in all the Muslim countries, it is not allowed at all for a Muslim to change his religion.">>
I did not realize that switching religions is considered worse. Wow.