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ROME (RNS) "Now we will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. They will help us. We will be all together as a true family," Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim said.


  1. The irony.

    Meriam is settling in a state (New Hampshire) whose motto is “Live Free or Die.”
    But Christianity has a motto too: “to Love and Fear the Lord.”

    Freedom FROM fear
    is better than Freedom TO fear.

    Religion’s delusions are truly damaging – even when they look harmless.

    • To Atheist Max: Fear of the Lord does not mean to be afraid. In this context the word fear actually means respect. How can one truly commit to anything out of fear? There is no love there.

    • Yet ‘fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’; wisdom takes time – hopefully the one who ponders this will acquire it.

    • Freedom TO fear God does not mean to be afraid of God. Where did you get that notion? How many people do you know that are “afraid” of God? Yes, we are always aware that He expects us to not sin, but even if we do, He is more forgiving than any human being could EVER be.

  2. Meriam is a woman of great faith, great courage and great love of God, her faith and her family. God’s blessings on her and her family as they begin a new life in N. H. U.S.A. She is truly a saint

  3. Proverbs 26:4 (NIV) Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.

    Though, what you say is truth, Lorri July 28, 2014 at 11:27 am and Gail July 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm – you might think about this before engaging. Do not let your pearls be trampled…. :)


  4. For Gail and Lorri. Keep up the good work, both your replies were exactly what you should say. “Do not be afraid, speak out, and refuse to be silenced; I am with thee, and none shall come near to do thee harm…” (Acts 18 9-10)

  5. God bless Meriam. What an example of courage.
    I’m just worried that her place of residence is being disclosed… There could be retaliation by fundamentalist Islamists… I’d rather no one knew where she’d be.

    • I completely agree. Her residence really shouldn’t be disclosed, as well as the names of her relatives. It’s not safe and way too easy to track them down.

  6. TobiasRaphael1

    Thank you Meriam Ibrahim for being a beautiful example to us of a Faithful Catholic. You are a precious soul and will be an inspiration to many who will have to endure the same treatment and who will have to give their lives for the
    True Faith.
    I was praying for you and will continue to pray for you and your family.
    God bless you dear Meriam! <3

  7. Welcome Miriam and family! You and your family are shining lights in this troubled world. The people of the USA are proud and happy to have you. Thank God!

  8. Please know that Meriam and Family will need our prayers now more than ever. The world is watching. God is watching. May God bless them and enlighten all who have the privilege of meeting and knowing this precious family.

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