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Thursday, February 06, 2003

More genocide

 
In my previous post concerning genocide I commented
that:

"..other instances [of genocide] have been perpetrated by other
non-Christian religions and ideologies - increasingly, in the case of Islam, against
Christian minorities. [It has to be pointed out the phenomenon of militant
Islamic "fundamentalism" and its use of terrorism have no parallels among
evangelical Christians either in the past or the present, and yet it is
evangelicals who are consistently lumped together with militant Islamists as
examples of violent and dangerous fundamentalism.]"

Just today as I was perusing the New York "Village Voice" online I came
upon this column penned by the inimitable Nat Hentoff. Nat Hentoff is a
well-known atheist and leftist, but he is a true "freethinker", a man of
great integrity, unafraid to take a stand and challenge cherished
shibboleths of the liberal left intelligentsia when his conscience demands
it. Hentoff is also one of the most respectful atheists I have ever
encountered - with a genuine and honest respect for religious people and
especially for Christians.

Genocide: Sudan Found Guilty! A Law Punishing Slavery Now
Nat Hentoff November 1st, 2002

"'The acts of the Government of Sudan . . . constitute genocide as defined
by the [United Nations] Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the
Crime of Genocide (1948).' -Sudan Peace Act, signed by the president of the
United States, October 21, 2002

Since 1983, over 2 million black, non-Muslim civilians have died during the
civil war in Sudan. Blacks in the south of the country have been fighting
for self-determination and to end the enslavement of women and children,
ethnic cleansing, aerial bombardment of schools and churches, and the
creation of famine conditions-all of this by the National Islamic Front
government of the north.

Much of the world, including the United States, has all along largely
ignored what The Washington Post, in a September 9 editorial, called
"possibly the greatest humanitarian disaster on Earth." But that newspaper
and The New York Times, among other dailies and weeklies, have only
glancingly covered the disaster, and often with false information.

In his review of the book Emma's War in the October 20 New York Times,
George Packer; note author's name is not given; it's "Deborah Scroggins"-ap
got to the essence of continual media indifference to the horrors of the
National Islamic Front "jihad" against the blacks in the south: "The deaths
of 10,000 southern Sudanese by slaughter or 100,000 by starvation can occur
with hardly a mention in American newspapers." The other constant murders
and gang rapes by the northern militias have also slipped by the media.

Until mid-October, I was convinced that only mass demonstrations and acts of
civil disobedience here, the kind that hastened the end of apartheid in
South Africa, could move the White House and Congress to do something-not in
rhetoric but in law, with sanctions-to end the ceaseless state terrorism in
Sudan. However, an extraordinary historic coalition of abolitionists has in
recent years put such unremitting pressure on Bush and Congress that at
last, on October 9, a unanimous Senate passed the Sudan Peace Act. It had
already been approved in the House on October 7 by a vote of 359 to 8.

Among those in the coalition are black churches around the country, white
evangelicals, the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group, the
Congressional Black Caucus, Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship, the Institute
on Religion and Democracy, civil rights leaders such as Joe Madison and
Walter Fauntroy, conservatives led by Michael Horowitz of the Hudson
Institute and Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Jewish organizations, and
others. Missing all these years were nearly all of the Democratic leadership
in Congress, most editorial writers and columnists, and, with few
exceptions, American broadcast and cable television...

Should the slave raids, the ethnic cleansing, and the gang rapes continue,
the leaders of the government of Sudan could be brought before the
International War Crimes Tribunal. However, all the abolitionists in the
American coalition will have to ensure that Congress and the White House
bring those indictments, if necessary, before the War Crimes Tribunal.

Meanwhile, from Christian Solidarity International-which, with the American
Anti-Slavery Group, has redeemed thousands of slaves-there is this report
from Khartoum after the passage of the Sudan Peace Act:

"The National Assembly in Khartoum urged Arabs and Muslims throughout the
world to denounce the law, calling it 'a breach of Sudan's sovereignty' . .
. The Sudanese chargé d'affaires in Washington, Dr. Harun Khidir, blamed
'members of the extremist Christian right groups and a group of the black
masses' for pushing the Sudan Peace Act through Congress. . . .

"Following congressional approval of the legislation, Islamist officials
organized a mass demonstration in Khartoum in support of Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein, during which an effigy of President Bush, wrapped in
American and Israeli flags and labeled 'the corpse of imperialism,' was torn
to shreds and burnt." (The latter story was reported by Agence France-Presse
on October 16).

Colin Powell might have been added to the bonfire had the slavemasters
known-as I have found out-that Powell, behind the scenes, was an important
factor in getting the Bush administration to finally move on abolishing
slavery in Sudan. Powell is the man Harry Belafonte calls "a house slave."
In all the years I've been involved in this story, I do not recall Belafonte
being an active, persistent member of the New Abolitionists working to
liberate the blacks of Sudan-although he has been prominent in other human
rights causes. Powell has been significantly involved in the anti-slavery
movement.

Actually, when I started writing about the slaves of Sudan in the Voice
about six years ago, the beginning of the New Abolitionist movement was
driven by the American Anti-Slavery Group, headed by Charles Jacobs, who
first told me of the horrors in Sudan.

There was also a young graduate student at Columbia University, Sam Cotton,
who traveled to black churches and newspapers around the country to spread
the liberating word. In Denver, Barbara Vogel told her fifth-grade class
that slavery was not dead, and those kids began collecting money to free
slaves in Sudan through Christian Solidarity International. Other
schoolchildren around the country joined in...

There were many more. "And," John Eibner of Christian Solidarity
International told me on the day Bush signed the Sudan Peace Act, "don't
forget all the anonymous people who signed pledge cards, contributed money,
and prayed for the freedom of the slaves. We'll never know who they were,
but the Sudan Peace Act couldn't have happened without them."


Let me draw your attention to this paragraph by Hentoff:
"Among those in the coalition are black churches around the country, white
evangelicals, the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group, the
Congressional Black Caucus, Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship, the Institute
on Religion and Democracy, civil rights leaders such as Joe Madison and
Walter Fauntroy, conservatives led by Michael Horowitz of the Hudson
Institute and Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Jewish organizations, and
others. Missing all these years were nearly all of the Democratic leadership
in Congress, most editorial writers and columnists, and, with few
exceptions, American broadcast and cable television... "

Who was part of the coalition against genocide and slavery in Sudan,
described as "the greatest humanitarian disaster on earth"?
Shock! Horror! Conservatives, white evangelicals, Chuck Colson, Jewish
organisations, along with black churches and the Congressional black
Caucus...

Who was conspicuous by their absence?
Democrat leaders, the left, the media... atheist, humanist and freethinker
organisations, Hollywood liberals...

And then there is this:
"The Sudanese chargé d'affaires in Washington, Dr. Harun Khidir, blamed
'members of the extremist Christian right groups and a group of the black
masses' for pushing the Sudan Peace Act through Congress..."


I peruse the Net quite avidly and I cannot but notice the amount of venom
and outright hatred directed at Christians and Christianity by many atheists
and skeptics. Their sites frequently and shrilly echo the words of the
Sudanese National Islamic Front in their attack upon " extremist Christian
right groups". Strange bedfellows, indeed! I do not notice the same level of
hatred directed at other religions or ideologies, not even against Islam.
Apart from Hentoff, I am unaware of any other vocal freethinkers, skeptics,
humanists, atheists or liberals who have added their voice of protest to
this genocide against Christians and other non-Muslims. But knowing that
amongst these people are many persons of undoubted integrity, like
Hentoff, I will be pleased to stand corrected on this matter.

Genocidal actions against Christians are increasing throughout the world -
sometimes committed by Hindus, sometimes by Communist secularists, but
usually perpetuated by Islamic governments and terrorist groups. This is of
course one of the great "unknown tragedies" of the contemporary world? But
why is this tragedy swept under the carpet? Could it be because of
anti-Christian bias among liberal intellectuals and media organisations?
Even in self-proclaimed multicultural PC societies, it is nevertheless
remains open season on Christians.

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