Cruz to Obama: Speak up for Sudanese woman
June 19th, 2014
02:47 PM ET
3 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. Chris-E...al

    Well it wouldnt be that hard 4 0bama 2 say smthing maybe later now that he knows about it ?

    June 19, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. BJ

    So Cruz wants President Obama to speak up for the Sudanese woman, when did become the voice of African people? Both he and his father should take some diversity courses. Perhaps they will learn how not to avoid the type of language that they levy against their President. For the record, since they immigrated from Cuba years ago, be real clear that most of those who left in the 50's and 60's were the elite and they practiced Jim Crow/discrimination there, that's probably why so many of them feel comfortable in Florida. In those days, anyone with dark skin couldn't even go to the beach.

    June 19, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "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'."
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    Or else what, Ted? My, my. Is Cruz actually trying to give the POTUS orders to carry out? Wonders never cease.

    June 19, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Are all republicans stupid? Of course they are.

    June 19, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. DRAKE MALLARD

    “take a look at ted cruz just take a look at him. you can tell he's a couple fries short of a happy meal. Seriously , I have no idea who thought it was a good thing that Congress is able to vote for their own benefits and raises.

    So if you're born in Hawaii, a US state, but to a foreign father, you need to prove your legitimacy by releasing your birth certificate to the world and your patriotism is constantly called into question.

    If you're born in a foreign country to a US citizen mother and a Communist revolutionary father, you're allowed to be president of the US and you're heralded as a true patriot.

    Makes sense.

    Is Canadian-Born Ted Cruz Eligible to Run for President?

    Will the Birthers Scrutinize Ted Cruz U.S. Citizenship?One has to wonder if the birthers will raise an outcry again

    June 19, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. rs

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

    June 19, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @Chris-E...al
    Well it wouldnt be that hard 4 0bama 2 say smthing maybe later now that he knows about it ?
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    The article clearly states Obama released a statement.
    Cruz then said Obama needs to make a statement.
    Now you do too?
    I don't Obama is the one with the partial awareness on current events.

    June 19, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    There are no Christians allowed in any Islamic country. Those who remain put their lives at risk, on a daily basis.

    June 19, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    So even though Obama does speak out on imprisoned people of all faiths including Christians, I can hear the talking heads now inventing a new myth: "Obama has never spoken out in support of Christians imprisoned".
    Eyes closed and tin foil hats on!

    June 19, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Lily

    Oh! ya Cruz. Every problem which crops up on earth just throw it to Pres. Obama. What do people like you are there for? If you are not concerned in finding ways of solving the problem, why not stay aside, observe like us and keep the mouth shut.

    June 19, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    According to elected GOBaggers, we should have left an American soldier, Bergdahl behind.

    June 19, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Does Ted ever show up for work?

    June 19, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    This from a guy who thinks there is a conspiracy to close golf courses.
    I try to back away form people like this at bus stops.

    June 19, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Really Rafael?!?!? When did you become a humanitarian? How about you do us a favor and go back to Canada.

    June 19, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Cruz then turned around and blamed all Muslims for 9/11 and terrorism. The end.

    June 19, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Will the Birthers Scrutinize Ted Cruz U.S. Citizenship?One has to wonder if the birthers will raise an outcry again"

    I dunno why they would. They weren't "really" scrutinizing Obama's birth certificate and citizenship in the first place. They were scrutinizing his complexion and merely using the birth certificate and citizenship nonsense as a thin, superficial veil to hide the racism. It is known.

    June 19, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. CryBabies

    Are all Democrats stupid? of course not. But there are always exceptions to the rule.....right Tampa Tim?

    June 19, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I get so tired of these GOPers trying to tell the POTUS what to do. HE is the Commander -In-Chief, not you!

    June 19, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Hooper

    Hooper to Cruz: Go some place nice and quiet, where there's a long pier and plenty of water. Run as fast as humanly possible toward the wet end, and go deep. No one will miss you.

    June 19, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Anonymous

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

    Too bad your mother didn't believe in abortion. At least then we wouldn't have to endure your endless, hateful rants in here.

    June 19, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Let me get this straight. We try and convict a POW in the press and should leave him in the hands of the Taliban... But we need to move heaven and earth for this woman because she's a Christian?

    June 19, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. PaulCat

    Ted, Ted, Ted, you are one stupid guy. You can't speak up for the American women.
    Does the American women have any rights.
    Remember, all GOP men try to tell the American women what they can and can not do with their own body.

    June 19, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. T. Martin

    If I had another daughter, she would look like Meriam...

    June 19, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Our first muslim president will never speak out against his brothers. He's too busy releasing them from Gitmo so they can go back to their jihad against us. This is the real reason he doesn't want to engage in any military action.

    June 19, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. I AM

    Ted is always good for a laugh...he is so crazy.

    June 19, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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