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Slavery in Sudan

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : August 29, 2004

I just read an interesting article on Freezerbox about the political and religious conflict in Sudan. The article muddies the waters on the Sudan issue. I do not in any way wish to minimize the suffering of millions, but it is important that Christians understand that there may be complexities in this situation that make it more than just a clear-cut issue of fundamentalist Muslims enslaving and persecuting a bunch of Christians who just want to be left alone. This isn’t to say that I agree with the article (Freezerbox certainly is biased to dislike anything about which conservatives are sympathetic). In fact, I am not remotely qualified to make a statement one way or the other about the issues facing Sudan. Nevertheless, it is important for Christians to understand that the situation may not be as simple and clean as they’d like. And that, therefore, solutions might not be easily reached.

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