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Sudan Ramps Up Its Persecution of Christians

Demolished churches, shuttered schools and orphanages, censorship raids on private libraries, and deportations. These are all things Christians in Sudan now have to deal with on a regular basis. According to Reuters, ever since the country’s Christian-heavy southern section seceded, the persecution in the north has increased dramatically:

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has said he wants to adopt a “100 percent” Islamic constitution now that the South has split off.

The government says the new constitution will guarantee religious freedom, but many Christians are wary. They say authorities started a crackdown in December and it has been getting worse.

In some church demolition cases, the Sudanese government claims legal justification. Some of the churches didn’t have proper licenses, but church officials often claim official paperwork is difficult if not impossible for Christians to get. Overall, the article paints a picture of escalating bullying, selective enforcement of the law, and violence for Christians in Sudan.

This is pathetic and primitive behavior. But at least the government is ecumenical in its tolerance of violence and hate: Sudan is also responsible for massacres of Muslims in Darfur. It will mark the dawn of a better era when governments like this face ostracism within the Islamic world.

[Image of Sudan Flag from Shutterstock]

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