It appears there won't be another Meriam Ibrahim in Muslim-dominated Sudan, where an election appears to have helped the region move on from decades of violence.
For approximately 22 years, under thuggish Muslim leaders, Sudan waged a civil war that claimed the lives of innocent Christians in South Sudan.
In a democratic election, the people have replaced the hardline president with a moderate leader.
Wendy Wright of Christian Freedom International, which monitors the region, says too often one brutal dictator is overthrown and simply replaced with another ruthless leader.
“But in the case of Sudan,” she says, “we're seeing some really good things happen.”
Under the new transitional government, Sudan has dropped its apostasy law, which punished Bible-believing Christians who refused to convert to Islam or were accused, falsely, of attempting to convert Muslims to their faith.
Wright points out an infamous case involved Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman who faced the death penalty but was released under international pressure.
Sudan’s historic changes are being applauded by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which is praising the government for adopting the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Act that repeals the apostasy law, ends public flogging, and bans female genital mutilation.
There is still concern about a law banning “hate speech,” the Commission reports, but progress is being made.