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“I am a Christian and I will remain a Christian”

This week a Khartoum court convicted Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith.   If she didn’t “recant”, she will be executed.
Ibrahim is a Christian. But the court considers her to be Muslim.

Her father (who left when she was six years old) was a  Sudanese Muslim, but her mother is  Ethiopian Orthodox, and brought her up as a Christian.

The court also convicted her of adultery and sentenced her to 100 lashes because her marriage to a Christian man is considered void under Sharia law,  because her father was Muslim.   The courts considered her to be the same.

She was given until Thursday to recant her Christian faith, but she has firmly declared: “I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian.”

In the meantime, Ibrahim, who is eight months’ pregnant, remains in prison with her 20-month-old son, who is getting sick due to lack of hygiene.

Her pregnancy is not going smoothly, but a request to send her to a private hospital was denied “due to security measures.”



“The fact that a woman could be sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion, is abhorrent and should never be even considered,” Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said in a statement.
“‘Adultery’ and ‘apostasy’ are acts which should not be considered crimes at all, let alone meet the international standard of ‘most serious crimes’ in relation to the death penalty. It is a flagrant breach of international human rights law,” the researcher said.

“We call upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, including one’s right to change one’s faith or beliefs, a right which is enshrined in international human rights law as well as in Sudan’s own 2005 Interim Constitution,” the embassies of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Netherlands said in a statement.

“We further urge Sudanese legal authorities to approach Ms. Meriam’s case with justice and compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people,” it read.

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A priest was called away for an emergency. Not wanting to leave the confessional unattended, he called his rabbi friend from across the street and asked him to cover for him.

The rabbi told him he wouldn’t know what to say, but the priest told him to come on over and he’d stay with him for a little bit and show him what to do. The rabbi comes, and he and the priest are in the confessional.

In a few minutes, a woman comes in and says, “Father, forgive me for I have sinned.” 

The priest asks, “What did you do?” 

The woman says, “I committed adultery.” 

Priest: “How many times?” 

Woman: “Three times.” 

Priest: “Say two Hail Marys, put $5 in the box, and go and sin no more.”

A few minutes later, a man enters the confessional and says, “Father, forgive me for I have sinned.

Priest: “What did you do?” 

Man: “I committed adultery.” 

Priest: “How many times?” 

Man: “Three times.” 

Priest: “Say two Hail Marys, put $5 in the box, and go and sin no more.” The rabbi tells the priest that he thinks he’s got it so the priest leaves.

A few minutes later, another woman enters and says, “Father, forgive me for I have sinned.” 

Rabbi: “What did you do?” 

Woman: “I committed adultery”

Rabbi: “How many times?” 

Woman: “Once.”

Rabbi: “Go do it two more times. We have a special this week, three for five dollars.”

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There was an old priest who got sick of all the people in his parish who kept confessing to adultery. One Sunday, in the pulpit, he said, “If I hear one more person confess to adultery, I’ll resign!” 

Everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word. Someone who had committed adultery would say instead that they had “fallen.” 

This seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well until the priest passed away at a ripe, old age. 

A few days after the new priest arrived, he visited the leader of the Town Council  and seemed very concerned. 

“Counsellor Jones, you have to do something about the pavements in town. When people come into the confessional, they keep telling me they’ve fallen.” 

Mr Jones started to laugh, realizing that no one had told the new priest about the code word.

But, before he could explain, the priest shook an accusing finger at him and shouted, “I don’t know what you’re laughing about, because your wife has already fallen three times this week!”

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