In 1955, Rosa Parks became a national icon figure for the civil rights movement when she refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. In that single moment, she galvanized the plight of black people into a cause for abolishing segregation. A statue of Ms. Parks is now installed in the halls of the nation’s capitol. A woman to be admired, indeed.
Fast forward nearly 60 years. As we define bravery, we should turn to Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who married an American and refused to renounce her Christian faith to a repressive government. Because her father had been a Muslim, the government determined she was a Muslim, and for marrying a Christian man, she was guilty of adultery, sentenced to be lashed one-hundred times and then hung by the neck until dead for her “crimes.” This is the Islam we hear little about, because it’s not called “terror.”
While Rosa Parks displayed courage for her actions of 1955 in Montgomery, Ms. Ibrahim’s actions should qualify her for sainthood in 2014.
That’s not the whole story. Ms. Ibrahim was jailed and chained to the floor for six months awaiting her fate while tending to her …