Cruz to Obama: Speak up for Sudanese woman
June 19th, 2014
02:47 PM ET
6 months ago

Cruz to Obama: Speak up for Sudanese woman

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz called on President Barack Obama to speak up for a Sudanese woman who's been sentenced to death because she won't renounce her Christian faith.

"We need to speak out against these atrocities," the Texas Republican said Thursday. "We need the president of the United States to say in no uncertain terms, 'Send Meriam home'."

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, gave birth to a baby girl in a Khartoum prison last month, two weeks after she was sentenced to 100 lashes and to die by hanging.

Her husband is a U.S. citizen, and her two children, including the newborn, live with her in prison. A Sudanese lawyer has filed an appeal to reverse the verdict by a lower court.

Cruz, a potential presidential candidate who's known for speaking out for Christians imprisoned in other countries, made his remarks Thursday at a social conservative gathering hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington.

Obama's national security council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden issued a statement last month when Ibrahim was sentenced.

"We strongly condemn this sentence and urge the Government of Sudan to meet its obligations under international human rights law," she said.

Cruz joined a demonstration outside the White House last week to raise awareness about Ibrahim.

He did the same in 2013 for Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor who's serving time in Iran for sharing his faith. Obama spoke publicly about Abedini at a national prayer breakfast earlier this year.


Filed under: Faith • Sudan • Ted Cruz
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Please shut up! Nobody is listening and the only one who needs to be sent home is rafaelito himself.

    June 19, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. just asking

    rs
    Really? This idiocy from a member of a party that treats women like breeding cattle? The GOP is crazy!
    ---

    i guess your mother must have been a republican as you are here ranting about women just like her. otherwise you would be residing in a landfill right now.

    June 19, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Isn't it funny that now that a suspect in the Benghazi attack has been captured there is absolutely nothing about Plan (B)enghazi on the Ticker. (Btw, thanks Sniffitt) However, when the GOP was howling at the moon claiming the POTUS and Hillary were responsible, there were multiple articles daily??? Does anyone else find that ironic??😳😳😳😳

    June 19, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross....
    "Isn't it funny that now that a suspect in the Benghazi attack has been captured there is absolutely nothing about Plan (B)enghazi on the Ticker. (Btw, thanks Sniffitt) However, when the GOP was howling at the moon claiming the POTUS and Hillary were responsible, there were multiple articles daily??? Does anyone else find that ironic??😳😳😳😳"

    Not me... it is par for the course. In case anyone has forgotten, we had heated discussions regarding the 'failure of the ACA' becuase of the minor glitches in the website. righties immediately announced complete and utter failure and called for Obama to be impeached (for that... Haahahaahahahaa- rubes), but now look.... not a GD word about it and the media hs abandoned talking about it because it is a success. It is working and working well.
    Just like we said...
    Same for Benghazi...
    Same for everything.

    And they call themselves 'right'
    (more like wrong-- on every single issue!).

    June 19, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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