And what's even more encouraging, to me, is that in the midst of our culture-war battles people on both the left and right sides of our political divide are drawing attention to this story, praying for Mariam, writing to their Congress members, and otherwise doing what they can to try to save Mariam.
Rod Dreher has posted on this a couple of times. Under this post from today comes this terrific comment:
A Congressional staffer who reads this blog says:
We’re raising as much hell as we can, sir.
I've got to admit: that made my day. It's easy to have a completely negative view of our federal government, a view which, alas, is my default setting. But sometimes we're not Democrats or Republicans or liberals or conservatives or right-wingers or left-wingers or partisan hacks or political toadies. Sometimes, we're just Americans. And those are the best times.