A new Pew Research analysis finds that as of 2012, nearly a quarter of the world’s countries and territories (22%) had anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and one-in-ten (11%) had laws or policies penalizingapostasy. The legal punishments for such transgressions vary from fines to death.
Amnesty International UK is calling people to sign a petition to stop the execution of a pregnant woman in Sudan for marrying a Christian man and abandoning her religious faith.
As of this publication, thewebsite for the petition had recorded 91,802 actions to seek the Sudanese government’s release of 27 year-old Meriam Ibrahim, who was thrown in prison and is now eight months pregnant.
Amnesty International aims to generate 100,000 actions.
A Sudanese court has convicted Ibrahim of apostasy and sentenced her to hang for her “crime” of leaving Islam and marrying a Christian man. Abandoning one’s religious faith is punishable with death, wrote Jane Wharto of express.co.uk
Ibrahim’s father is a Muslim. She said her Christian mother raised her and that she is a Christian. Under Islamic Shariah law, however, a child takes the religion from the father, that is why the court ruled her actions a crime.