BISHOP OLMSTED LAUNCHES COUNTER-OFFENSIVE AGAINST SECULARISM, SEXUAL REVOLUTION WITH ‘INTO THE BREACH’

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From LifeSiteNews

“… Bishop Olmsted issued “Into the Breach” yesterday, an Apostolic Exhortation in which he condemns gender ideology and the Sexual Revolution, saying it is a very real spiritual battle that is, “killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.”

“The world is under attack by Satan,” the Arizona bishop states, “as our Lord said it would be (1 Peter 5:8-14). This battle is occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident.”

Bishop Olmsted has been a vocal defender of life and Church teaching on sexuality.

“How did it come about that a culture so steadfast in supporting marriage and spousal commitment two generations ago became a culture that has reduced sexuality to mere pleasure and self-serving ends?” he asks, answering that it is the Sexual Revolution, which has “ushered in the scourge of abortion, pornography, and sexual abuse so rampant in recent decades.”

The Sexual Revolution has given fake freedom, he says, and undermined the family.

“Instead of real and authentic love, this false ‘liberty’ offers cheap pleasures that mask a deeper loneliness and pain,” states Bishop Olmsted. “Instead of the security of traditional family bonds, it leaves children longing for the stability of a mother’s and a father’s love.”

The Revolution also violates Natural Law, according to the bishop, and has failed in its purpose.

“Instead of the freedom that comes with accepting the truth of God’s design for human love between a man and woman, the Sexual Revolution has arrogantly rebelled against human nature, a nature that will never thrive in confusion and lack of self-control,” he continues. “Indeed, the ‘love’ promised by the Sexual Revolution has never been found.”

“In its wake is wreckage, countless broken hearts bound by fear of more pain, broken lives, broken homes, broken dreams and broken belief that love is even possible,” the bishop says. “This is the rotten fruit of the Sexual Revolution”…

 

While the Apostolic Exhortation is targeted towards Catholic men, it is a must read for all people of faith, especially men.  It’s inspiring to hear a prominent man of the cloth speak so boldly about Truths that need to be spoken and debunking the lies the Secularists are peddling today in our schools, our media, and pop culture.

We at ArizonaInformer would like to extend our gratitude to Bishop Olmsted and the Phoenix Diocese for their steadfast leadership in guiding Catholics (and everyone of goodwill) out of the darkness of Secularism and into the Light and Truth that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

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 Read the full Apostolic Exhortation HERE

 

Pregnant Sudan Christian Mother Sentenced to Hang to Death

By Joanne Moudy

Early this morning a 27-year-old, pregnant Sudanese mother was sentenced to death by hanging for being a Christian, but not until after she receives a flogging of 100 lashes for committing adultery (with her Christian husband).

Dr. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag was accused of apostasy and adultery earlier this year. According to Reuters, she was arrested and imprisoned in February, along with her 20 month-old son. She was formally charged by the Sudanese government on March 4th. Following her brief trial, she was found guilty of the charges and convicted on May 11th – Mother’s Day. The court gave her three days to recant her faith and proclaim herself a Muslim.

Congressman Trent Franks, AZ-8, had this to say after the sentencing today:

“We have learned that Meriam Yahia Ibraham Ishag – a Sudanese Christian woman – has been sentenced to death by hanging after being accused of apostasy by a court that gave her ‘three days to recant’ and ‘return to Islam.’ Ms. Ishag, who is married to an American citizen, was raised as an Orthodox Christian by her mother, thus making a ‘return’ to Islam fundamentally impossible. She is also eight months pregnant.

“Such blatant disregard for the value of human life – and religious freedom – is an indescribable disgrace. I urge the U.S. State Department to immediately step in on Ms. Ishag’s behalf and to articulate conclusively that such blatant abrogation of the most basic human rights will be taken extremely seriously, and that Sudan is expected to fulfill its sworn obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

Although Meriam’s biological father was a Muslim, he deserted the family when Meriam was a mere six years old. She was raised by her mother.

Meriam finished college and then medical school and then married Wani, a Christian man from South Sudan, who happens to be an American Citizen. The couple has a 20 month-old son and Meriam is now eight months pregnant with their second child.

South Sudan is predominantly Christian and when the region seceded from Sudan in 2011, the Sudan government made it clear they would move forward with a 100% Islamic constitution and enforce Shari’a law. However, the new constitution has not yet been ratified.

According to Wani, last August someone posing as a relative reported Meriam in to the authorities for being a ‘Muslim who converted to Christianity.’ According to Shari’a law, any child born to a Muslim father must be brought up a Muslim. Anyone found guilty of converting from Islam to any other religion is guilty of apostasy and subject to the death penalty. Since Shari’a law does not recognize a Muslim woman’s marriage to anyone outside of Islam, the Sudan’s court also found Meriam guilty of adultery.

Wani further stated to Morning Star News that during the time Meriam has been incarcerated she has been beaten, personally abused, starved, and refused all medical treatment. There is concern the son will be executed as well.

This morning when Meriam was hauled into the district court in Khartoum for sentencing, she was placed in a cage and ‘counseled’ by Muslim religious leaders for thirty minutes. The court refused to use Meriam’s name, instead referring to her only by her father’s Muslim name of Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.

According to Al Jazeera, at the end of the 30 minutes, Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa asked her what she had decided. Meriam calmly stated, “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”

Judge Abbas then sentenced her to a severe flogging for adultery, followed with death by hanging. Al-Shareef Ali al-Shareef Mohammed, Meriam’s attorney, did state they will appeal the sentencing within the next 15 days.

Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher said, “The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent. Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law.”

Even though Wani is a U.S. Citizen, he is being denied custody of his son and the child about to be born. The court has ignored the couple’s legal marriage certificate as well as the son’s legal birth certificate and claim that the only proof acceptable would be a positive DNA test – but that must be completed in the U.S. Such a test would require an inordinate amount of time, which neither Meriam nor her children have.

There is speculation that Meriam will be kept alive until her baby is born, but the fate of the child is unknown.

Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Chuck Wooten, who is running for U.S. Congress in AZ-2 issued this statement:

“I am deeply saddened and outraged upon learning that Meriam was sentenced to death. Most especially when no crime was committed. Again, we must rely on the U.S. State Department to become engaged with the global community to mitigate this tragedy and to common citizens, it appears inaction has once again paralyzed the Department. There is a peaceful solution to destroying Meriam’s precious life, while she is carrying another precious life. Our diplomats should have already sprung into action to preclude further bloodshed in Sudan. I’m praying fervently for Meriam, her husband and her children this situation is swiftly and mercifully resolved.”

Rep Trent Franks Calls on State Department to Intervene on Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death

International Religious Freedom Caucus Co-Chair: State Dept. Must Intervene on Behalf of Christian Woman Sentenced to Death

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, today released the following statement in response to news that a Sudanese woman, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, has been sentenced to death for her faith:

“We have learned that Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag — a Sudanese Christian woman — has been sentenced to death by hanging after being accused of apostasy by a court that gave her ‘three days to recant’ and ‘return to Islam.’ Ms. Ishag, who is married to an American citizen, was raised as an Orthodox Christian by her mother, thus making a ‘return’ to Islam fundamentally impossible. She is also eight months pregnant.

“Such blatant disregard for the value of human life –and religious freedom — is an indescribable disgrace. I urge the U.S. State Department to immediately step in on Ms. Ishag’s behalf and to articulate conclusively that such blatant abrogations of the most basic human rights will be taken extremely seriously, and that Sudan is expected to fulfill its sworn obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

The Real War on Women? In the Sudan, Pregnant Mother on Trial for Christian Faith

By Joanne Moudy

Joanne MoudyFor all the malarkey the left spews about the fabricated War on Women in America, one would think there is real persecution happening within our borders. Yet the truth is that Sandra Fluke, Gloria Steinem, and the rest of the bra-burning brigade don’t have a clue and are an embarrassment of the worst order.

The real war against women is occurring right now, almost every day – in Muslin controlled countries, while hypocritical women like Hillary Clinton expound on and expand their platform for dividing America.

Consider Dr. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, who according to Reuters is a 27-year-old Sudanese Christian physician who’s about to be flogged 100 times and then put to death. Her crime? The unthinkable sin of not being Muslim.

Dr. Ibrahim’s father was Muslim and ran off and left her home when she was six years old. Since her mother was a Christian, she raised Meriam in the same faith. Meriam is married to Daniel Wani, a South Sudanese Christian with U.S. citizenship. The couple has a 20 month old son and Meriam is eight months pregnant with their second child.

But the couple’s faith is a problem for the oppressive government in Sudan. Since the predominantly Christian South Sudan secession in 2011, the government of Sudan has made it clear they are aiming for a 100% Islamic constitution, without any outside influences. That equates to no Christianity. Although the new constitution has not yet been ratified, the government has apparently already adopted Shari’a law.

Meriam’s horrifying ordeal began last August, when someone posing as a relative reported to the authorities that she was a Christian. She was subsequently arrested in February and charged on March 4, for apostasy and for adultery. According to Shari’a law a Muslim woman is forbidden from marrying a Christian man, and thus the marriage to Wani was annulled by the Sudan court. The annulment set her up for the crime of adultery and she was convicted of both apostasy and adultery on Mother’s Day, May 11.

She was given three days to renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam, or face a flogging of 100 lashes for adultery, followed by the death penalty for being a Christian. Her sentencing is set for today, Thursday, May 15.

According to Morning Star News, who chronicled her terrible journey, Wani has stated that while his wife has been incarcerated she has been severely abused and tortured, both physically and mentally. Critical prenatal medical care has been denied and she is drained to the point of exhaustion.

Meanwhile her 20 month old son is incarcerated within the same prison because Sudan authorities are refusing to recognize the couple’s union. Even though Wani has provided a legal marriage certificate and his son’s birth certificate, the court refused to acknowledge them and told Wani the only proof they would accept would be a DNA test, which must be drawn and then sent to the U.S. for testing. All of this takes an inordinate amount of time, precious time which Meriam is running out of.

If sentenced to death, the authorities plan to keep her alive until she delivers her child and then execute her immediately after she gives birth.

Congressman Trent Franks, AZ D-8, issued this statement on May 13. “Sudan is blatantly violating the universal right to freedom of religion by convicting a Christian Sudanese woman, under their strict enforcement of Shari’a law, solely because of her religious beliefs.

“I have closely followed Meriam’s case and was horrified to learn how this innocent mother was convicted on Mother’s Day. She now faces the unconscionable decision of either denying her Christian faith or receiving a death sentence.

“I urge Sudan to immediately and unconditionally release Meriam and uphold religious freedom standards within the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which Sudan is a signatory and under which apostasy and adultery are not criminal offences.”

Congressman Frank Wolf, VA D-10, joined in with this statement. “I am deeply troubled by the case involving Meriam Yehya Ibrahim.

“There is an urgent need for international attention to this injustice . . . This is a human rights travesty in which our State Department should be fully engaged, especially given that Meriam is married to an American citizen. I join my colleagues, in calling on the relevant government authorities in Sudan to immediately and unconditionally release Meriam and her young son and to respect basic tenets of religious freedom and belief.”

In Arizona, Representative(s) Ron Barber and Krysten Sinema offices were contacted, but neither one had a statement. Considering all the posturing the liberals do in this country about women’s rights, one would expect a bit of an outcry on this, yet they are remarkably silent.

Fortunately, Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Chuck Wooten who is against Ron Barber had this to say. “Christian persecution is nothing new, but in our time the world should be standing firmly against this tragedy and every other one like it. The Muslim faith is saturated by extremism and we see too many stories like Meriam’s. Threatening murder on a Christian who will not renounce their faith is an abomination of the worst kind. We’ve seen with recent Internet videos that these barbarians who insist upon the conversion of Christians will still kill those, even though they succumb to the threat of death. The U.S. State Department should be fully mobilized to confront these situations and unite with our global counterparts and renounce and respond accordingly to this barbarism against Meriam and all in similar situations.”

One has to wonder if the left fail to speak up because Meriam is a Christian, a physician or a mother – or could it simply be a combination of the three? Considering the left’s collective silence, one can only speculate on their true motives.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives immediately, as the court will render judgment today. This is a most urgent situation.

Joanne Moudy is the author of “The Tenth,” a supernatural thriller exploring the very real trauma of abortion in a fictional realm. She proudly served as an officer in the military for nine years, before specializing in emergency nursing until retirement. She’s currently an ambassador for Alliance Defending Freedom, and regularly speaks about the horrors of abortion, and the impact of liberalism and secularism on all of humanity. You can follow her on Twitter @composedof1 or via her website at GatedCreative.com