NRB President Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, Chairman Bill Blount Meet with Senator Kelly Ayotte

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, Bill Blount and Sen. Kelly AyotteNRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson and Chairman of the Board Bill Blount were pleased to have the opportunity to visit with Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire last week on Capitol Hill.

During the meeting, Senator Ayotte, who represents Chairman Blount's home state of New Hampshire, was informed about NRB’s ongoing work to advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend First Amendment principles, particularly the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press.

Also discussed was the case of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a Christian woman sentenced to death for her religious faith in Sudan.

Senator Ayotte helped introduce last month a bipartisan legislation condemning Ibrahim’s death sentence and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the mother of two from prison. The resolution, which the U.S. Senate unanimously passed last week, reaffirms the U.S. government’s commitment to ending religious discrimination and calls for the inclusion of religious freedom and respect for international human rights during the drafting of Sudan’s new constitution.

In addition, Senator Ayotte has called for the U.S. government to offer political asylum to Ibrahim and to use all diplomatic measures to secure her and her children’s release.

Last month, in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, urged the U.S. to intervene on behalf of Ibrahim, her 20-month-old son, and newborn daughter, all of whom are currently incarcerated by the Sudanese government. 

“We find it unconscionable and intolerable that the Sudanese government would violate its own law and international covenants by treating any individual with such enmity and abuse because of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” expressed Dr. Johnson.  “We urge that the United States act expeditiously in defense of Mrs. Ibrahim, Mr. Wani, and their little ones.”

Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging because she refused to recant her Christian faith, and she was further ordered to receive 100 lashes for “adultery” because the Sudanese government would not recognize her marriage to a Christian man, Daniel Wani, an American citizen and New Hampshire resident. 

According to the latest reports, Sudan’s appeals court is presently considering Ibrahim’s case.

Published: June 12, 2014