By Theodore Shoebat
The Islamic government of Sudan has sentenced two Christians to death, accusing them of blasphemy. But we all know the reason: they are being persecuted for their Christian faith. According to the report:
Two Presbyterian pastors are facing a likely death penalty as their trial in the Republic of Sudan begins. The Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yen Reith of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church have been charged with espionage and blasphemy, though the church says they’re being persecuted for their Christian faith, like other pastors in the Muslim-dominated country.
“This is not ‘something new’ for our church,” says the Rev. Tut Kony, pastor of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. “Almost all pastors have gone to jail under the government of Sudan. We have been stoned and beaten. This is their habit to pull down the church. We are not surprised. This is the way they deal with the church.”
Michael and Reith were initially detained without charge in December 2014 and again in January, the PC(USA) said on Tuesday. The church has reached out to human rights organizations asking them to speak out for the pastors and urge Sudan’s government to respect religious minorities.
David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, said that the pastors, who are both married and have children, may be facing the death penalty.
“I’m fearful that they will execute these pastors for practicing their faith,” Curry said, according to Fox News.
If not sentenced to death, the pastors could still face other harsh sentences, such as life imprisonment, or 40 lashes.
Sudan finds itself in sixth place in Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most persecution for their faith.