Amnesty deplores pregnant mum’s death sentence

Amnesty deplores pregnant mum’s death sentence

THE decision of a Sudanese court to sentence a heavily pregnant Sudanese Christian woman to death by hanging for “apostasy” and flogging for “adultery” was described today as “truly abhorrent” by Amnesty International.

In a press release AI said that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag is eight months pregnant and currently in detention with her 20-month-old son. Her death sentence was handed down after she refused to renounce her religion.

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.

According to the BBC the presiding judge told the woman:

We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death.

Local media report the sentence would not be carried out for two years after she has given birth.

Sudan has a majority Muslim population, which is governed by Islamic law. It rules that apostasy – the abandonment of one’s religious faith – is a crime.

Western embassies and rights groups had urged Sudan to respect the right of the pregnant woman to choose her religion.

The judge also sentenced the woman to 100 lashes after convicting her of adultery – because her marriage to a Christian man was not valid under Islamic law.

This punishment will reportedly be carried out when she has recovered from giving birth.

Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic cleric spoke with her in a caged dock for about 30 minutes. Then she calmly told the judge:

I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.

She was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.

There is a long-running debate in Islam over whether apostasy is a crime.

Some liberal scholars hold the view that it is not – and back up their argument by citing the Koranic verse which states:

There shall be no compulsion in religion.

Others – such as the Indian “expert” on Islam, Zakir Naik –  say apostasy is tantamount to treason.

Zakir Naik  is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF)

Zakir Naik is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF)


These zealots refer to what the “prophet” Mohammed Prophet said:

It is not permissible to spill the blood of a Muslim except in three [instances]: A life for a life; a married person who commits adultery; and one who forsakes his religion and separates from the community.

The latter is the dominant view in conservative Muslim states such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and the cause of much religious tension.

In court, the judge addressed her by her Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.

The woman was originally sentenced to death on Sunday but given until Thursday to return to Islam.

AFP reports that there were small groups of protesters outside the court – both her supporters and those who back the punishment.

The BBC’s Osman Mohamed, in Khartoum, says death sentences are rarely carried out in Sudan.

One of her lawyers told AFP they would appeal to a higher court to get the sentence overturned.

On Tuesday, the embassies of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands issued a joint statement expressing “deep concern” about the case and urging Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, AFP says.

The woman was arrested and charged with adultery in August 2013, and the court added the charge of apostasy in February 2014 when she said she was a Christian and not a Muslim, Amnesty said. The group called for her immediate release.


38 responses to “Amnesty deplores pregnant mum’s death sentence”

  1. Neal O says:

    Cartoon says a huge amount. What an insecure, spiteful and hate filled religion.

    And as for countries calling for ‘freedom of religion’ don’t they think they could make it so much clearer and demand freedom from religion?

  2. Matt Westwood says:

    The government and political authorities in this nation have proved themselves unfit to be in charge. It doesn’t matter that this is “their” country and “we” have no right to interfere. We are all citizens of the world and it is our duty to remove such disgusting people from their positions of power and replace them with someone humane.

    Same applies to a lot of the rest of the world too — starting with the Festering States of America.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    This, people, is what religion is really all about. This is insanity, pure and simple. This is broken minds that thrive on hatred and cruelty and sadism being given free reign to inflict whatever misery they want on other people. This is a terrifying, unbearable, Orwellian world where people without morals or scruples or decency are allowed to inflict pain and suffering on others because they have a book of ancient mythology that says they have the right to do so. This is madness. This is intolerable. This is why all religions must be torn down and ground into the dirt. This is why the people who come here to connect, exchange ideas and spread the ideals of freethinking must never, ever give up.

    Our enemy is brutality, stupidity and wickedness. Our weapons are reason, truth and enlightenment. For the sake of humanity we must prevail.

  4. charlie says:

    AgentCormac, you are absolutely 100% correct. ALL these religions are vile distortions and need to be put out of business, they ARE businesses in fact. They exist to rule over common people and inflict obscene punishments for such “criminal” infractions such as using the brains they were born with to see through the utter hypocrisy of religion and those who hold power in religions. To think for oneself is a crime against ALL religions. They despise, actually hate with extreme passion any who dare to use their brains. The main reason they do so is obvious, once a person thinks for them self they will reject the utter foolishness of ALL religions.
    Religions are based on old myths and/or complete fairy tales that were made up to insure a lasting priest class that would never have to do any meaningful work, ever, just sit back and live off the labors of decent, oppressed people who are told to just “have faith” and above all else, to “obey”. Yes, obey or die.
    And we are supposed to respect this shit? Sorry, but I will not do so, and they and their minions cannot make me. A pox on the lot of them and their vile “faiths”. Again, we must ask, how many of those who are at the top of these various scams (religions) actually believe the entire story behind the scams(religions)? Does the poop actually believe ALL that RCC bullshit? Do the senior Imams of any version of Islam really believe ALL the vile Koran, or how ever they wish it spelled?
    The clowns at the top of these scams (religions) are among the biggest hypocrites on the face of planet earth. Oh, and they are complete, total cowards as well.

  5. Canada Dave says:

    If all the countries on earth boycotted Sudan….would they change there ways?….me thinks not….that is why it is so sad.

  6. jay says:

    “United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands issued a joint statement expressing “deep concern” about the case and urging Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion”

    Did they offer to accept her as a refugee?

    What does ‘deep concern’ mean?

  7. Robster says:

    The nasty religion these silly buggers want this poor woman to ‘return’ to is not doing much of a job to make itself appealing in any way. Whipping pregnant women? Good. An eye for an eye, good. These muzzies need to dress up their belief system a bit to make it a nicer place to be, a nice glittery pink shawl would do it. To do this successfully, they need to learn to shave, get the women out of the garbage bags, start showing even a small degree of tolerance and realising the Bronze age has finished and time has moved on. If the muzzies ‘holy’ book is a confusing as that nasty bible nonsense, put it aside and grow up.

  8. sailor1031 says:

    Apparently the $US 1billion that the USA gives to Sudan every year (borrowed from our great friends the chinese) does not provide any leverage in this cesspit of barbarism. “Deep concern” is countered with “fuck you”. My tax dollars at work – again!

  9. Trevor Blake says:

    There is no compulsion in religion. So when the Quran says “They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve … take them and kill them wherever ye find them” (4:89) and “Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush” (9:5) you just have to, um, pretend you didn’t just read what you just read.

    Note also that an Islamic hanging is different than a European or American hanging. In an Islamic hanging, the victim has a noose put around his or her neck and is slowly raised by a crane with his or her hands tied behind his back. No swift breaking of the neck – a slow suffocation. In the public square. With shouts all around about the greatness of Allah.

  10. Stephen Mynett says:

    There are some great posts on this, stating how religion is an enemy of democracy and only in place to control the people. However, when dealing with the barbarity of Islam we should always consider another great enemy of democracy and ally of extremist cults, cultural relativism.

    The adherents of that idiot philosophy are usually very quick to jump in to defend Islam and other religions, despite the nastiness of what they are trying to defend, although in cases like this they tend to stay away, possibly they are unable to find more sophistry to back their claims or, most likely, out of cowardice as they also see how disgusting Islam can be but do not want to criticise it.

    We should not undersestimate these people as they will not shrink away from supporting islam, regardless of the consequences. Sharia compliant wills from our law society is a long way from this case but it shows the foothold cultural relativism has. The sooner that philosophy is shown up to be what it is the better, Islam is a big enough threat, we do not want it to have allies as well.

  11. Matt Westwood says:

    Is Islam the reason for such barbarities or just the excuse?

    To put it another way:
    Are these leaders naturally barbaric and want nothing else but just to torture and kill people, and are using what they find in a filthy book to justify it?
    Or are they naturally humanistic, sympathetic people who are in tears and wringing their hands in despair at what they have to do because their holy book tells them to?

  12. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Are you a lying nasty bully? Can you whip a crowd of ignorant stupefied of people into a screaming shrieking bloodthirsty mob? Do you hate women? Are you filled with self hate and loathing? Is your idea of fun watching women being stoned to death…you know being buried up to their waist and have rocks thrown at their face and head until their brains are splattered on the ground? Can you memorise reams of bullshit evil crap and spew it out with bile and hatred? Do you enjoy watching people being shot through the head at your whim? Are you adept at mutilating people with sharp knives. Do you fantasise about prepubescent girls having their genitals butchered by evil old crones. Do you masturbate yourself into a slavering frenzy over videos of the naked stoned corpses of women. If you answered yes to any of these then become an imam or a mullah.

  13. Newspaniard says:

    This judge has knowingly and willingly ordered murder. What does that make him?

  14. Betty Davis says:

    I agree with all the above comments, this is barbaric and hateful. Don’t know if I would have chosen to defy them though, and leave 2 children motherless ?

  15. Ivan says:

    Mind you, I understand that the sentence will most likely not be carried out for a couple of years until the child has been weaned.

    Such compassion.


    “…This judge has knowingly and willingly ordered murder. What does that make him?…”


  16. Ex Patriot says:

    I was totally disgusted at what I read here this morning. The comments expressed exactly what I think of religion, it is a foul, barbaric, evil disgusting, nasty entity. It rots the brain, turns people into screaming mobs of idiots. This all comes from two rotten foul books of mythology that both should be burned. Sorry for the rant but after reading this I couldn’t help it.

  17. Broga says:

    Those followers of Islam: sick, perverted, insecure, power crazed, demented and stupid scum.

  18. andym says:

    We’re supposed to believe that Islam has developed a new confidence in the developing world. This says that the “confidence” is just a mix of bluster, vindictiveness and arrogance.

  19. Broga says:

    OT but this news from the NSS is so good that I can’t resist it. Robert Pigott has been a blatant propagandist for religion and his unbalanced reports have shamed the BBC with its ambitions for objective reporting.

    Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said: “This is welcome news. It sounds as though Caroline Wyatt will have a much more balanced approach to religion than Robert Pigott and is likely to be far more realistic about it.”

  20. georgina says:

    “There shall be no compulsion in religion.” was abrogated and
    sura 5:32 only applies to Jews:
    We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely.

    So many lies.

  21. Adam Tjaavk says:

    The Janus face of Islam

    When in the West or in the land of the infidels or when
    weak, then practice ‘Meccan Islam’. [equitable, humane, cuddly]

    When in Islamic paradises or when the number of Muslims becomes
    sizable in an infidels land, then practice ‘Medina Islam’ or the
    ‘real Islam’. [tyrannical, ferocious, murderous]

    Abul Kasem | Faith Freedom


  22. lucy 1 says:

    agree with all above, but the icing on this putrid cake, is that she was not ever a muslim. She was raised as a xtian by her Xtian mother. Her father was, though, and that means she is, regardless of whatever she might think about the matter. So they are insisting she is a muslim so that they can then punish her for not being one.

  23. why do i have to share this planet with religious idiots says:

    Islam…the shit stain in the underpants of the world.

  24. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Notice how the pious invent unusually odd complex important sounding words to dress up their banalities, to aggrandise their trivia, to diminish the common man, to lend undeserved importance to their primitive rituals. Such as apostasy. Sounds like something really grave and serious. Well all it means is realising religion is a crock of shit and becoming a rational decent person. Simple. But the pious dress it up as apostasy to threaten others who may be filled with doubt. Apostasy is criminal in that the cold blooded murder of the apostate by the pious is an unforgivable crime for which the pious must be severely punished. I think stoning or crucifixion or hanging (slowly) or incarceration in an oubliette, or immolation or any other primitive barbaric method of execution relished by the clerics should be turned against those who seek to punish brave people who openly consign god to the trash can. Here are some more important words…

    absconce lantern used in monasteries and night offices
    abthane monastic region of the old Irish church
    accensor acolyte
    adiaphoron tenet or belief on which a theological system is indifferent
    adoptionism belief that Christ was the adopted and not natural son of God
    advowson right of presentation to church living
    adytum sacred part of a temple or church; church chancel
    affusion pouring on; as of baptismal water
    agape selfless Christian love; a feast in celebration of such love
    agapeistic characterized by Christian love
    agapetae churchwomen who live platonically with celibate men
    aggiornamento modernization of ideas of the Catholic church
    agrapha sayings of Jesus not found in the canonical gospels
    alb long white robe worn by priests
    almoner giver of alms; social worker in a hospital
    altarage payment to priest for mass; offerings at altar
    ambo early Christian raised reading desk or pulpit
    ambry recess for church vessels; cupboard or niche
    ambulatory aisle down the east end of a church
    amice strip of fine linen worn as cloak or wrap by priest at mass
    ampulla vessel for holy oil or wine for coronations or rituals
    anamnesis reminiscence; prayer recalling death and resurrection of Jesus
    anchorite one withdrawn from the world for religious reasons
    ancress female religious recluse
    anele to administer extreme unction to
    angelus prayer said in morning, at noon and at sunset
    antechapel anteroom to a chapel or church
    antependium covering or cloth over pulpit or altar
    antilegomena books of the New Testament not part of early Christian Bible
    antipedobaptism denial of validity of infant baptism
    antiphon anthem sung as a response during church service
    apocatastasis final restitution of all things at the appearance of the Messiah
    apocrisiary papal secretary
    apologetics defense and proof of Christianity or other doctrine
    apse rounded extension of church or other building
    archimandrite head of a monastery or convent
    aspergillum vessel for sprinkling holy water
    aspersory vessel for holding holy water
    aureole radiant light around head or body of holy personage
    autocephality ecclesiastical self-government
    auto-da-fe burning of a heretic
    autotheism belief that one is God incarnate or that one is Christ
    baldaquin covering or canopy over a throne or altar
    baptistery part of church reserved for performing baptisms
    bardocucullus hooded cloak worn by monks
    basilica Roman Catholic church given special privileges
    beadle church caretaker or usher
    beadsman monk or almoner who prays for benefactor
    bema raised part of an Eastern church containing the altar
    benefice ecclesiastical office to which revenue is attached
    bethel a place of worship for seamen; nonconformist chapel
    biretta square three-ridged cap worn by Catholic clergy
    breviary book containing daily church service
    bulla round seal attached to a papal bull
    bullantic capitalized and ornamented, as letters used on papal bulls
    bullary collection of papal bulls
    bursary treasury of a monastery or college
    burse square cloth case to carry the corporal during Communion service
    caesaropapism control of the church by a secular ruler
    calefactory a monastery sitting room
    calotte Roman Catholic skullcap
    camerlengo papal treasurer
    campanile freestanding bell tower on church property
    canoness woman living in a community under a religious rule
    canticle short holy song or sung prayer
    cantorial located on the north side of the choir in a church
    capuchin pointed hooded cloak worn by friars
    cardinalitial of, like or pertaining to church cardinals
    cartulary keeper of monastic records
    cassock close-fitting ankle-length clergyman’s garment
    catabaptism belief in the wrongness of infant baptism
    catechumen one undergoing instruction prior to conversion to Christianity
    cathedra chair or throne of office for a bishop or other high official
    cathisma short hymn used as response
    catholicos primate of Armenian or Nestorian church
    cellarer monastery official in charge of provisions
    cenacle room where the Last Supper was eaten
    cenobite monk; member of religious group
    cenoby monastery or convent
    censer vessel for burning incense in religious rituals
    cephalophore decapitated saint depicted with head tucked under arm
    chancel part of church containing altar and seats for choir
    chancery church office dealing with legal matters and archives
    chantry chapel or altar built for prayers for its benefactor’s soul
    chaplet circlet or wreath for the head; short string of prayer beads
    charterhouse Carthusian monastic building
    chasuble sleeveless ecclesiastical garment
    chevet east end of a church
    chiliasm belief that Jesus will reign on Earth for a thousand years
    chimere loose sleeveless robes worn by Anglican bishops
    chrism consecrated or holy oil
    chrismation sacrament of baptism in Eastern churches
    chrismatory vessel for holding holy oil
    chrisom white robe put on newly baptised child
    christophany appearance of Christ to men
    churching church ceremony given to women after childbirth
    churchism devotion to church rules over religious precepts
    ciborium freestanding canopy to cover altar; vessel for holding eucharistic bread
    cilice haircloth shirt worn as penance
    cimeliarch church vestry or treasury
    cincture to gird or surround; belt worn around ecclesiastical vestment
    cingulum girdle or girdle-like structure; priest’s belt
    circumincession the reciprocal existence of three parts of the Trinity in each other
    classis a group; governing body of Reformed churches
    clerestory upper storey of a church; windows near the roof of a building
    coadjutor bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and having the right of succession
    collegialism theory that church is independent from the state
    colporteur peddler of religious tracts and books
    compaternity spiritual relationship between child’s parents and godparents
    compline prayer service held just before bedtime
    comprecation prayer meeting
    concelebrate to jointly recite the canon of the Eucharist in unison with others
    concordat agreement between the pope and a secular government
    confirmand candidate for religious confirmation
    confiteor prayer of confession of sins
    consistory a solemn assembly or council; a church tribunal
    consultor advisor to a Catholic bishop
    conventicle secret or illegal church assembly
    corporal white cloth on which Communion bread and wine are placed
    credence small table for holding sacred vessels
    credo concise statement of doctrine; section of Mass followed by offertory
    crosier pastoral staff or crook held by bishop or abbot
    cruet vessel used in religious ceremonies, especially to hold the Eucharist
    curate assistant to a parish priest
    curia papal court and its officials
    custos guardian, custodian or keeper, especially of convents or monasteries
    dalmatic ecclesiastical robe or other outer vestment
    datary papal officer who registers and dates bulls and edicts
    decanal located on south side of the choir in a church
    decretal papal decree deciding a point of church law
    deiparous bearing a god
    deodate a gift to or from God
    diaconicon sacristy for sacred vessels in Orthodox churches
    diphysitism belief in the dual nature of Christ
    diptych pair of pictures on hinged panels; register of bishops and saints
    discalced without shoes; barefoot; a religious order wearing no shoes
    ditheletism doctrine that Christ had two wills
    donative benefice presented to church without reference to bishop
    dossal ornamental cloth hung behind and above an altar
    doxology hymn or verse of praise to God
    dulia inferior veneration of saints and angels in comparison with God
    ecclesiastry affairs of the church
    eirenics theological doctrine of religious unification
    encolpion reliquary; cross worn on the breast
    encyclical letter sent by the pope to multiple bishops
    eparchy diocese of an Eastern church
    epiclesis calling on the Holy Spirit to consecrate the Eucharist
    epistoler reader of the epistle in Anglican service
    epitrachelion stole of an Orthodox priest or bishop
    eremite hermit; religious recluse
    eschatology doctrine of life and afterlife
    eschaton end of the world; end time
    euchology prayer book
    exarch viceroy; rank below patriarch in Eastern church
    exeat permission from bishop for clergyman to work elsewhere
    exedra semicircular bench beside episcopal throne; outdoor bench or recess
    exegetic explanatory, especially of Scripture
    exequy funeral rites; funeral procession
    faldstool desk from which the Litany is read at church service
    fanion cloth worn on priest’s arm and used for handling holy vessels
    fenestella recess in church wall for storing communion vessels
    feretory shrine for relics during a procession or for a funeral bier
    feria weekday of a church calendar on which no holiday falls
    festilogy treatise on ecclesiastical festivals
    flèche narrow wooden spire on church roof
    florilegium anthology of writings, especially of church fathers
    fossarian clergyman moonlighting as a gravedigger
    frankalmoign land tenure requiring religious obligations on part of tenant
    friary a fraternity or group of friars
    frontal cloth hanging over front of altar
    galilee porch in front of church
    glebe church land granted to clergyman
    gradual part of mass between epistle and gospel
    guimpe wide cloth covering neck and shoulders worn by nuns
    hagioscope opening in wall to enable viewing of altar
    hanap chalice used in communion whose cover is a second chalice
    hassock kneeling cushion in a church
    hearsecloth cloth lain over coffin during funeral
    hegumene head of a nunnery
    hieratical priestly; bound by religious convention
    hieromonach monk who also serves as a priest
    holobaptism belief in baptism with total immersion in water
    homolegomena books of the Bible used in early Christianity
    housel the eucharist; the act of taking the eucharist
    hymnal collection of church hymns
    hymnody hymns collectively; hymn-singing
    hyperdulia veneration of the Virgin Mary above saints and angels
    iconostasis screen or partition in Eastern churches with tiers of icons
    incardination acceptance by a diocese of clergyman from another diocese
    indulgence former Catholic pardon granted for remission of punishment for sins
    indult special temporary dispensation granted by the Catholic church
    internuncio messenger between two parties; low-ranking papal legate
    intinction administering communion by dipping bread into wine
    introit psalm or hymn sung at beginning of church service
    invination presence of Christ’s blood in sanctified wine
    invitatory psalm or anthem sung before prayer during church service
    jube ornamental choir-screen
    jubilarian one who celebrates a jubilee, especially a priest, monk, or nun
    jubilate the third Sunday after Easter
    kamelaukion tall cylindrical hat worn by Orthodox priests
    kenosis Christ’s rejection of his divine side upon assuming human form
    kerygma preaching of the Christian gospel
    kerygmatic of, like or pertaining to preaching the Gospel
    kirking first attendance of a couple at church after marriage
    kyrie religious petition for mercy
    labarum moral standard; ecclesiastical banner bearing Christ’s monogram
    laic of, like or pertaining to lay people rather than clergy
    laicisation process of returning a clergyman to lay status
    laicism doctrine of opposition to clergy and priests
    lappet fold or flap on a garment or headdress worn by priest
    latria highest degree of veneration, assigned to God over saints
    lauds prayer service held at dawn following matins
    lavabo ceremony in which priest washes his hands; basin for the ceremony
    lavatory wash-basin for washing bodies of newly dead; room where lavabo kept
    lavra group of recluses’ cells
    lectern desk or stand from which church lessons are read
    lection reading; lesson read in church
    lectrice female reader in church
    litany prayer of supplication in responsive style
    liturgician one who studies or recites church rituals
    locum clergyman temporarily replacing regular priest
    lustration ritual washing; ablution
    lychgate roofed gate of a churchyard
    magisterium teaching function of the Catholic church
    magnificat canticle in praise of the Virgin Mary
    manciple steward of a college or monastery; purveyor
    mandorla oval panel containing a work of art; elliptical halo around holy person
    mandriarch founder or leader of a monastic order
    maniple clerical vestment worn on the left arm
    mantelletta knee-length sleeveless garment worn by Catholic cardinals and bishops
    Mariolatry worship of the virgin mother
    Mariology study of the Virgin Mary
    marrano Jew converted to Christianity to avoid persecution
    martyrium shrine erected in memory of a martyr
    martyrolatry excessive devotion to martyrs
    martyrology study of martyrs
    matins prayer service held in early morning hours
    mendicant member of impoverished religious order
    menology register or calendar of saints’ days
    mersion dipping; as in baptism
    messianism belief in a single messiah or saviour
    metropolitan archbishop holding authority over other bishops
    midlenting custom of giving gifts to parents on mid-Lent Sunday
    minster church associated with a monastery
    misericord ledge in church to lean against while standing; forgiveness or mercy
    missal book containing complete service for mass
    miter high headdress worn by bishop or archbishop
    modalism belief in unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    monergism theory that the Holy Spirit alone can act
    monial a nun
    monkery monks in general; monasticism; behaviour of monks
    monophysitism belief that Christ was primarily divine but in human form
    monotheletism belief that Christ had only one will
    monstrance vessel used to expose the Eucharist
    mozzetta short cape with ornamental hood worn by Catholic prelates
    mystagogical of, like or pertaining to religious ritual initiation
    naos temple; inner cell of a temple
    narthex small entrance or porch to a church
    nave largest part of church where congregation sits
    nipter ecclesiastical ceremony of washing the feet
    nones prayer service held at 3 p.m.
    novena series of Catholic church services held on nine successive days
    nuncio one who brings tidings; high-ranking papal legate
    obit religious office for a dead person
    oblate layman living in a religious community under modified rule
    oblation act of offering; a sacrifice; anything offered in worship
    oculus round window, especially over main door in church
    orant representation of praying figure in early art
    orarion deacon’s stole in Orthodox church
    orarium book of private devotions
    orarium handkerchief; scarf attached to bishop’s staff
    oratory small chapel for private prayer; lectern for prayer
    ordinal book containing religious rites, especially for ordination
    ordo calendar with list of services for each day of the year
    oremus Roman Catholic liturgical prayer
    orison prayer
    orphrey gold or other rich embroidery on clerical robes
    osculatory carved tablet kissed by priest during celebration of mass
    ostensory container for holding consecrated Communion wafers
    paedobaptism doctrine of infant baptism
    pall covering cloth laid upon Communion chalice
    pallium white woollen band symbolising archbishop’s authority
    panegyricon collection of sermons for Orthodox church festivals
    pannicle thin sheet-like vestment
    pannychis all-night vigil in preparation for Orthodox church feast
    paraclete advocate or intercessor; the Holy Spirit acting in such a role
    parclose railing in church enclosing altar, chapel or tomb
    pardoner one who raises money for religious works by selling indulgences
    parousia second coming of Christ
    parvis enclosed space at the front of a church
    passalorynchite one who takes a religious vow of silence
    paten plate; metal disk used to hold Communion bread
    pax tablet decorated with sacred figure and kissed by participants in mass
    peculiar parish or church exempt from jurisdiction of the bishop of its diocese
    pentateuch the first five books of the Old Testament
    pericope an excerpt or passage read during religious services
    pernoctate to pass the night in vigil or prayer
    phonascus person who maintains rhythm in church choir
    pieta representation of Virgin Mary with dead Christ across her knees
    pietism unquestioning or dogmatic religious devotion
    piscina basin set in wall of church to drain away ceremonial water
    plebania mother-church having authority over several local churches
    pluvial floor-length open-fronted ecclesiastical garment
    pneumatomachy denial of the divinity of the Holy Ghost
    pneumatophany appearance of a spirit; especially the Holy Ghost
    poppyhead raised ornament on top of upright end of seats in churches
    postlude closing piece of music at end of church service
    postulant candidate for a religious order
    postulator official who presents case for canonization or beatification
    prebend stipend or salary paid to clergyman
    prebendal of, like or pertaining to stipends issued by a church
    precentor leader of the singing of a church choir
    predella platform for altar; portable altar or decoration upon it
    prelacy episcopal church government
    prelate bishop or abbot of superior rank
    presbytery part of church reserved for officiating clergy
    prie-dieu prayer stool or kneeling bench in a church
    prime prayer service held at 6 a.m.
    procathedral parish church serving as a cathedral
    pronaos vestibule in front of a temple
    proper elements of Christian mass that are variable
    proseuche place of prayer; oratory
    prothonotary chief registrar of a court; keeper of canonisation records
    psalmodist singer of psalms
    psalmody act of singing psalms in church services
    pseudepigrapha apocrypha; non-canonical books of the Bible
    pseudepiscopy existence or rule of a spurious bishop
    psilanthropism denial of Christ’s divinity
    pulpitum gigantic stone screen separating cathedral choir from the nave
    purificator cloth used to wipe Eucharist chalice
    pyx box or vessel in which coins or consecrated Eucharist are kept
    quaestionary religious pardoner
    qualificator one who prepares ecclesiastical cases for trial
    quaresimal Lenten; having the meagreness of Lenten meals
    quartodeciman early Christian who celebrated Easter on Passover even if not a Sunday
    rantize to sprinkle with water during baptism
    rasophore lowest rank of Greek Orthodox monk
    recusant one who refuses to attend Catholic church services; nonconformist
    refectory dining-hall of a monastery or other institution
    regula rule of a religious order
    reliquary a small box or shrine used to hold relics
    repository side altar in Catholic church
    requiem lament or mass for the dead
    requiescat prayer for the dead
    reredos screen behind altar
    rescript answer of pope or emperor to any legal question; edict or decree
    responsory set of responses sung or said after liturgical reading
    retable shelf or ornamental setting for panels behind an altar
    retrochoir space in choir behind high altar
    ridel altar curtain
    rochet surplice-like vestment of a bishop or abbot
    rogation asking or supplication, especially in an ecclesiastical sense
    rood cross or crucifix at entrance to church chancel
    sacerdotalism belief that priests are necessary mediators between God and mankind
    sacramentarianism belief that sacraments have unusual properties
    sacrarium place where sacred objects are kept
    sacristan church official in charge of vessels and the sacristy
    sacristy room in church where sacred objects are kept
    saltire X-shaped cross
    samarra flame-decorated cassock worn by those condemned by the Inquisition
    scapular badge of monastic order worn on the shoulders
    schola church choir led by a cantor
    scholasticate preparatory college for those intending to enter Catholic order
    scriptorium writing room; room used by monastic scribes
    sedilia stone seats for clergy in wall of chancel
    sempect extremely elderly Benedictine monk
    sepulchre receptacle in an altar for holding religious relics
    sext prayer service held at noon
    sexton church caretaker or bellringer
    shrive to hear a confession from and give absolution
    sigillum seal of the confession
    simony buying or selling of ecclesiastical offices
    sinecure ecclesiastical office or other job requiring little work
    situla a holy bucket
    slype covered passage between walls, or between transept and chapterhouse
    solifidianism doctrine that faith alone will ensure salvation
    soteriology study of theological salvation
    soutane priest’s cassock
    squarson clergyman who is also a land-holding squire
    starets Eastern Orthodox spiritual advisor
    staurolatry worship of the cross or crucifix
    sticharion vestment like an alb worn by Orthodox priests
    sticheron short hymn
    stole narrow ecclesiastical vestment or scarf
    stoup vessel for holding holy water
    stylite monk who spends much time on tops of pillars
    succinctorium band or scarf worn from the Pope’s girdle
    suffragan assistant bishop
    superhumeral ecclesiastical garment worn over the shoulders
    surplice loose-fitting ankle length overgarment worn by clerics
    synaxarion account of a saint’s life
    synod ecclesiastical assembly or council
    synthronus joint throne for an Orthodox bishop and his presbyters
    tabernacle ornamental container for storing Communion bread and wine
    taperer one who bears a taper during a religious procession
    terce prayer service held at 9 a.m.
    tester canopy over a bed, pulpit or altar
    tetragrammaton sacred word or acronym of four letters
    tetramorph artistic representation of the four evangelists in one figure
    theanthroposophy system of belief concerning Christ as god and man
    theodidact student of God; one who is taught by God
    theody hymn in praise of God
    theolepsy seizure or possession by a god
    theologaster petty or shallow theologian
    theometry measurement or estimation of God
    theophany manifestation or appearance of a god to people
    theotokos title given to the Virgin Mary as bearer of God
    thurible censer
    thurifer altar boy who bears censer
    tiara three-tiered crown worn by or carried in front of the pope
    tippet long black scarf worn by Anglican clergy
    tonsure shaving of small area on the crown of head of a priest or monk
    transept part of a church off to one side of main structure
    transubstantiation miraculous changing of bread and wine into body and blood of Christ
    tremendum feeling of overwhelming awe associated with religious experience
    trental commemoratory service held thirty days after burial
    triduum period of three days of prayer preceding Roman Catholic feasts
    triforium gallery or arcade over an aisle; gallery over nave and choir
    tritheism belief that the members of the Trinity are separate gods
    tropology figurative language; moral interpretation of the Bible
    tunicle short ecclesiastical vestment worn by bishop or subdeacon
    tympanum space within an arch; arched recess at entrance of cathedral
    ubiquitarianism belief that Christ is everywhere
    ultramontane south of the Alps; supporting the Pope
    unalist priest holding one benefice
    unaneled without extreme unction
    unction anointing as right of consecration or healing; warmth of address
    undercroft crypt or vault under a church
    unhouseled not having received the Eucharist shortly before death
    verger church usher and attendant
    vernicle cloth with image of Christ’s face impressed upon it
    versicle short verse in church service normally followed by response
    vespers prayer service held in early evening
    vestry priest’s dressing room
    vesturer keeper of vestments
    viaticum money or provisions for journey; Eucharist for a dying person
    vicegod hostile appellation applied to the Pope
    wicket small door forming part of larger door of a church or castle
    wimple cloth covering for head and neck worn by nuns
    xerophagy eating of dry food; fast of dry food in the week preceding Easter
    zeta small room or closet in a church
    zucchetto round skullcap worn by Catholic clergy to indicate rank
    zymite priest using leavened bread during communion

  25. Michael Glass says:

    Don’t just sit there cursing the darkness. Sign the petition to free this poor woman!Here’s the link:

  26. Matt Westwood says:

    Duly signed.

    Don’t forget: two years is a long time, and all sorts of things may happen between now and then. Best option: the entire government of that putrid place is overthrown and replaced by something more humane. It’s difficult to see how it could get worse there …

  27. Broga says:

    Signed. But this is not just about these crazy bigots beliefs. They are sadists who glory in torture and killing. They are vermin who should be exterminated. What they are doing appals me beyond any words I can write.

  28. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Here is another word for the list….
    Pudenda….what evil islamofacist old crones cut off young girls.

  29. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Another one..
    Rocks…what hysterical mobs of evil uneducated sex starved bloodthirsty self loathing muslims use to smash the skulls of people who have offended some jumped up verminous shit mullah

  30. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Bible…. Book full of lies not worth the paper it’s written on.

  31. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Koran..another book of lies the paper of which would have been better used as bogroll

  32. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Foreskin…what primitive rabbinical cocksucking pedophiles incise and orally remove from baby boys

  33. Broga says:

    @Bubba T Flubba: OK, game over, I have failed. I thought I could find some flaws in your comments but I could not. On target every time.

  34. Adam Tjaavk says:

    The Tory Party’s Islamist Candidate
    by Sharia Watch

    A known Islamist has been selected to stand for
    the Conservative Party in an east London borough.

    Whatever the motives and whatever the results,
    major parties really ought to know better than
    to appoint candidates who believe: “The Islamic
    state is the greatest contribution to humanity.”


  35. Adam Tjaavk says:

    This spread of ‘holy fascism’ is a disaster

    ‘Wahhabisation’ is being used against other Muslims and
    Christians alike to subjugate women and crush dissent

    Patrick Cockburn |The Independent


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