, Kingston, NH

My Opinion

June 12, 2014

My Opinion: June 12, 2014

RAYMOND —My friend, Hon. Dan Itse of Fremont, tried to introduce a House Resolution on our last session day. The Resolution would have petitioned the United States Department of State to intervene on behalf of Daniel Wani a resident of Manchester, a U.S. citizen, his wife and children.

The wife, Miriam Yahya Ibramim Wani, a 27-year of Sudanese woman, with her two children, were visiting in the Republic of Sudan. She was born a Muslim, and the Sudanese government is charging her with flagellation for adultery because they don’t recognize her Christian marriage in the Republic of Sudan, and apostasy because she converted to Christianity. Miriam is in danger of being martyred in the very near future because of her conversion to Christianity.

The resolution would have been that the New Hampshire congressional delegation directly petition the President of the United States, and the Secretary of State to secure the release of the wife and children.

The order of business to move this resolution forward first required a motion to “suspend the rules” to introduce the resolution, which would require a 2/3 majority. Then, had the suspension passed, a simple majority to pass the resolution.

I was appalled that the House Democrat Majority Office was opposed to the resolution. The House Democrat Leader did a “Parliamentary Inquiry” (PI) on the suspension vote, urging a “no” vote. The suspension vote failed RC 171-153, not near the 2/3rd required, killing the resolution. Our New Hampshire Bill of Rights, Article 5 says in part, “Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience”....etc.

As State Representatives we are sent to Concord, by the good citizens of our great state of New Hampshire, to serve, support, and protect our citizens. To be martyred for ones selection of religious beliefs, or who to marry, is not right, and we need to speak up and be heard of the matter, defending their choice. God speed Miriam, we pray you and the children make it home safe.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at

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