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Women and religion

On June 24, two articles about women and religion caught my eye. The first article was about a woman who lives in America: “Mormon church excommunicates Kelly.”

Kate Kelly was found guilty of apostasy. Her crime: pushing for women’s rights in the faith.

The second article was about a woman who lives in Sudan. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim had been sentenced to a beating of 100 lashes and then death by hanging because she had married an American Christian in 2011. She too was found guilty of apostasy. She was jailed with her first child and gave birth to her second while imprisoned.

Is there any real difference between these two events except for the degree of punishment?

P.S.: Fortunately Ibrahim’s conviction was overturned by an appeals court June 23.

Janet Callen

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