The religion of peace. Where are all the so called peace loving muslims that claim they don't hold with this kind of thing? Where are they protesting? Do they exist? What's the husband doing in NH when his pregnant wife and 2 year old son are still there?
The baby girl born to a woman sentenced to hang in Sudan for marrying a Christian American citizen met her father for the first time -- a moment that was captured in a bittersweet photo.
Daniel Wani, an American citizen who lives in New Hampshire, held his daughter, Maya, in his arms as she rested peacefully days after being born at a Sudanese prison.
The moment of joy was tempered by sorrow as Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman facing flogging and a death sentence for marrying Wani, gave birth to baby Maya earlier this week.
Sudan's Islamic court considered Ishag a Muslim and did not recognize her marriage to Wani, a Christian. That constituted a crime of adultery and she was sentenced to receive 100 lashes.
The court also found her guilty of apostasy by converting to Christianity and sentenced her to be hanged.
The flogging and the death penalty were to be delayed until after she gave birth.
The couple also has a 2-year-old son named Martin and reports state that the boy had been living with his mother in the prison.
Ishag is considered Muslim by Sudan's courts because her father was Muslim, though she raised by her Christian mother.
Wani and his brother, Gabriel Wani, grew up in Sudan but moved to New Hampshire. He returned to Sudan last week after his wife was condemned to be hanged.
She is reportedly slated to remain in jail for two years to nurse the child before she is to be flogged and hanged.
The court's sentence has prompted statements of concern from Western governments and human rights groups.
Her lawyers continue to appeal and petition for clemency.
On another note:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he wants to accommodate the 10 percent of students in the city's public classrooms who are Muslim by closing schools for their religious holidays.
The city's public schools already close for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, and other breaks are timed to allow for observance of Christmas, Passover and Easter.
“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it's something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” de Blasio told WNYC on Tuesday.
That's an understatement.
What Jewish and Christian holidays have in common is they can be scheduled in advance. The Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha cannot accurately be scheduled according to the Gregorian calendar used in the United States, because their timing depends on lunar observation.
And Muslims around the world do not agree on how those dates are calculated -- or even if they can be calculated in advance.
For example, the generally accepted date for Eid al-Fitr in 2014 is July 28, but it could also be July 29, and the actual date won't be known until the new moon is sighted.
Think of it like a snow day, when people wake up and find schools are closed because officials saw ice on the roads, except in this case the schools are closed because someone in Saudi Arabia saw the first crescent of the new moon.
Yeah, that'll work real well.