WASHINGTON (RNS) Dozens of protestors gathered outside the White House on Thursday to push President Obama to save Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man, who is also a U.S. citizen. Although Ibrahim considers herself a Christian, Sudanese law recognizes her as a Muslim because her father was Muslim. Ibrahim is being held as prisoner in Sudan with her toddler and newborn. Another protest is scheduled for Friday at the Embassy of Sudan.

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  1. Let this be a lesson to all religious people.
    All religions are an enemy of humanity.

    Free all religious prisoners.
    Throw-out blasphemy laws.
    Teach science everywhere.
    Educate people on the origins of myth.

    and mostly – MOCK RELIGION
    Because only secularism and rationality will save the world.

    • Atheist Max,
      You are speaking like an ignorant fool. Ignorant people are the enemy of humanity, not the belief and acknowledgement of our divine creator, God. You need to take a few lessons yourself and open your eyes, ears, and heart. You cannot separate the components of what makes us human which are physical, emotional and spiritual beings. You advocate the same philosophy as the Muslim extremists, unknowingly, and ignorantly.

      • @Gary Oliver,

        But how do I advocate murder? I don’t advocate stoning. I think my humanitarianism is clear:

        I’m against killing unbelievers of all kinds: God isn’t!
        I’m against killing people of different faiths: God isn’t!
        I’m against harming anyone for their beliefs: God isn’t!

        ISLAM SAYS TO OTHERS:
        “The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)
        “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” (Surah 2:216)
        “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)

        JUDAISM SAYS TO OTHERS:
        “Cursed be he who does the Lords work remissly, cursed he who holds back his sword from blood.” (Jeremiah 48:10
        “Seize all the non-believers and execute them before the LORD in broad daylight…” (Numbers 25:1-9)

        CHRISTIANITY SAYS TO OTHERS:
        “To those who would not have me as their king, bring them to me and execute them in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)
        “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! …what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on Earth? No, I tell you, but division.” – Jesus (Luke 12:49-51)
        “Jesus said…Except they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death.” (Rev:1:22)

        All of this is evil.

        I am a Humanitarian.
        Religion is the enemy of peace.
        Religion is the enemy of human beings.

        • No Max…HATRED is the enemy of human beings and of peace. And sadly, it seems as though you have as much of that as the ones that you are continually condemning. Why else would you “faithfully” comb the religious news and print the same comments over and over. We may not agree on God but we probably agree on Love and love is the geatest transformative power.

          • @Larry Meza,

            Then why do you embrace the Prince of Hatred?

            Jesus says, “If any man come unto me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brother, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”(Luke 14:26)

            HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE UNLESS HE HATES THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.

            Why follow such nonsense?

            And why do you not understand that YOUR embrace of Jesus is no different than the Muslim embrace of ALLAH? Both Christian and Muslim endorse FAITH as the argument for belief.

            So by embracing FAITH you are destroying your own argument against the MUSLIM who FAITHFULLY NEEDS TO KILL:

            “Slay them wherever you find them…Idolatry is worse than carnage…Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme.” (Surah 2:190-)

            “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)

            “The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)

            ____

            IN YOUR PROFOUND IGNORANCE you embrace FAITH.
            Which gives 100% permission to the MUSLIM
            to embrace FAITH ALSO!!!

            This is the very MEANING of a vicious circle.

          • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

            Sadly, many of Atheist Max’s diatribes against religion, instead of reading like strong debating points, read like some of the pre-Communist hate-filled broadsides that set the stage for atheistic Communism setting up gulags resulting in the death of millions in the now defunct house of horrors the atheistic Soviet Union was.
            What finally helped close the Soviet death juggernaut down???–the devout Catholic people of Poland, a lot of Polish Catholic martyrs, and a Polish pope.

          • @Deacon Bresnahan,

            Wrong.

            What would have shut down the gulags
            is a Constitution such as the only Godless one in the world.
            That of the USA.

            The Establishment clause has kept American from building Gulags.
            Unfortunately you Christians can’t wait
            To wreck the very separation of church and state which would protect us all from Gulags.

            Religion is nonsense. But you have the right to it in the USA.
            The day the Separation of Church and State comes down
            Will be the day of Communism or worse.

            As a defender of Separation I am in the right.
            As a wrecker, you are supporting the gulags.

          • Fat lot religion did over there.

            Considering from what we are hearing of Russia, the gulags have pretty much made a return. They just don’t call them that.
            http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21588130-russias-prison-colonies-resemble-old-soviet-camps-slave-labour-and-criminal-cultures

            Putin has also brought back the pogrom as well. Just what Russia was missing from a 75 year interlude. Good grief!

          • Glen:
            Thank you for the correction.
            Rev. 2:22 is the proper chapter and verse.
            I mangled it a bit but I was right that Jesus is a killer.

  2. Max, you are obviously a smart man, though misguided in some areas. However, instead of using this time and forum to attempt to put God on trial and further your own humanistic ideology, you can use this forum to share well wishes and positive insights for Meriam and her children and so many other women and children in their position right now. Can any of us imagine what it must be like to be in their current predicament? They are human beings with loved ones and friends and hopes and dreams. Use this time wisely. Some positive insights you have may be helpful in some way.

    Napoleon said, “I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. However, on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.”

    Dear Lord God, Meriam has shown strength like the apostles and prophets of old because You are with her to do so. I pray, hope, trust and believe that you will deliver her from these wicked and unreasonable men. However, as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel:

    “O, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

    Lord, help Meriam and all of Your children never bow to the threats and intimidation of the enemy.

    • @Maurie,

      NO!
      I cannot imagine – in this desperate moment for this poor woman, Meriam, a SINGLE more positive or important thing than to try to convince people
      who would ROUND UP MORE MERIAMS – that they must NOT DO this!

      Religion is an abject nightmare.
      If there were no religion this poor woman would be free. If people would stop pretending that ALLAH wants people to be MUSLIM or that YAHWEH will come and free them thanks to some ancient incantations we would finally have the chance to live in peace on this earth.

      It is 2014 and grownups need to start addressing this nonsense and abandoning it immediately!

      This Meriam needs it as badly as the next Meriam!

  3. Lord, PLEASE deliver Max too…deliver him from his inward rage and help him never turn it outward. Give him peace from all of his torment. Help him to understand what he clearly does not understand, and help him to rejoice in the discovery of the truth… deliver him from pride that leads to destruction… already, you have positioned people in his life who pray for him… hear their prayers for him and mine… You love him so much although it is so hard to see sometimes, as it is sometimes hard for us all to see what is right in front of us… use Max mightily as you have used others… help him understand that this world is temporary… prepare him to meet You in peace one day… years and years from now I pray… in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

    • @Marie,

      Sorry for misspelling your name before. Look, I’m never going to turn my rage into anything dangerous. I wouldn’t hurt anybody!

      I rejoice in the truth that religion is absolutely not helpful.
      The world is in grave danger because of religion.

      Why do I feel like you are not listening, Marie?

      There are some Muslims threatening Meriam’s life right now
      who are not listening either
      and they are very likely in the same ‘trance’ that you are in!

      Snap out of it! Religion must be abandoned, folks.

      • Dear Max, do you know that your soul and spirit is connect it together and you cannot separate them or you can tell me how you can separate them from each other. When you received Jesus Christ you will received holy spirit even though don’t received him will never enjoy the life of God because every time pleasing him but in Christ you will never please him because he is always with you and holy spirit as well for instance this women Meriam right now she refuse to renounce and change her religion because her faith in Jesus Christ. Why those governance don’t ask her what/ who is Jesus Christ and why are you so love in him. Just read Matthew 24 v 9-14 and even you can read Matthew 16 v 24-25 as well. Islam made by human nature but Holy Bible is word of God and God came down to earth on picture of Christ read John 14 v 10 and the people who wrote the Gospel were witness of Christ and they were with him in same time and his disciples as well. Quran written by Abobukr, Omer, Ali and Osman time of Mohammed after he passed away those four people start writing Quran. Imagine this women Meriam, “she said if they want kill me they must kill me but I am not going to renounce at all” because her spirit connect it with God read Matthew 16 v 24-25. My brother read this verse for you Act 3 v 19 – 21.

        • @Matthew Benjamin,

          That is infantile nonsense. :-(

          We must grow up and grow away from silly longings of a ‘daddy’ in the sky. These impulses to find a parent are put in your head by evolution
          and you must grow up out of it.

          Loose the baby teeth. This is getting embarrassing.

    • What is funny is there is nothing to that effect actually coming from CAIR. Do you have a link from CAIR’s site to that effect or a statement from a spokesperson from them?

      Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Breitbart media have that plastered statements like you all over their sites. Sources which aren’t worth a mound of horse manure when it comes to the veracity of statements made.

  4. Because of Jesus, I love…

    atheists
    Muslims
    Christians
    Hindus
    Jews
    Americans
    Iraqis
    Israelis
    Palestinians
    agnostics
    Wiccans

    The human problem is to organize in rivalry or hatred against some enemy other in order to bolster oneself or one’s group. For me, through Jesus, I am in the process of being liberated from this enmity. Even if you think religion is the problem, I’m not really interested in being joined in a hostile rivalry, arguing against such a view. Since I trust that “love wins,” I’m relaxed that the universe will work itself out– not in some passive way, but in my being taken up into the “grace conspiracy”

    • @Tim,

      You sound a lot like me. I am a humanitarian. The Golden Rule predates Jesus by centuries and it requires no Gods so – I follow it.

      However, Jesus did not preach love of all people. I see no connection.

      When someone speaks like a humanitarian
      I wonder why they felt the need to bring up God.
      What does Jesus bring to the humanitarian position but problems?

      “I come not to bring peace but a sword” – Jesus
      “I come to bring fire to the world.” – Jesus

      To be a humanitarian you must spend half your time arguing against
      this nonsense.

    • @Tim,

      By endorsing ‘faith’ as a valid method of knowledge you
      endorse the very same method used by all other religions to validate themselves – though in every other way those religions oppose you: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism

      Faith, of course, is not knowledge.
      So you are part of the problem by simply being a follower of ‘faith’ and by defending faith.

      This is the sort of nonsense which must be abandoned in the world.

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