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CHRISTIAN complicity in the RWANDA genocide

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posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 10:55 AM
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This is a great book by scholars who demonstrate that many of the killing fields in the terrible genocide in Rwanda were Christian churches


www.cambridge.org...


Although Rwanda is among the most Christian countries in Africa, in the 1994 genocide, church buildings became the primary killing grounds. To explain why so many Christians participated in the violence, this book looks at the history of Christian engagement in Rwanda and then turns to a rich body of original national and local-level research to argue that Rwanda's churches have consistently allied themselves with the state and played ethnic politics. Comparing two local Presbyterian parishes in Kibuye prior to the genocide demonstrates that progressive forces were seeking to democratize the churches. Just as Hutu politicians used the genocide of Tutsi to assert political power and crush democratic reform, church leaders supported the genocide to secure their own power. The fact that Christianity inspired some Rwandans to oppose the genocide demonstrates that opposition by the churches was possible and might have hindered the violence.




posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 10:59 AM
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You didn't get the message when your last 2 posts were deleted then?



posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 11:07 AM
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You could put any religion in the title.

Classification is the number 1 issue humanity faces.

Things don't need to be separated unless you are an alchemist.



posted on Dec, 8 2010 @ 11:47 AM
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The 1994 Rwandan Genocide, was more about politics and revenge than about religion. In 1994 the country of Rwanda was plagued by civil war in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed in a short amount of time. This was culminating from years of being a colony, where the minority Tutsi were kept in power, and the majority of the Hutu was kept under foot. Combined with the fighting between Belgium, who supported the Tutsi, and the French that supported the Hutu, laid the ground work for this. After Rwanda was given its freedom, the problems further escalated, and did not help that the Tutsi still remained in power for some time. Rebel Tutsi moved into Uganda, when the Hutu’s finally took political power, and invaded back into Rwanda. With the assassination of Habyarimana in 1994, it resulted in the genocide that happed there after. The Tutsi eventually regrouped and took control over the country again.
But ultimately the real shame of it all, is that the world ignored the problems that were brewing, and no one, not one country was willing to use the word Genocide or even think about such, no government wanted to step up. Even the UN forces that were there, had their hands bound by the rules of engagement and those who did such, knew it.
That is the truth behind Rwanda, it is not one group, not one side that is at fault that so many people died, rather the governments of the world and the United Nations failure to act and take steps to help, as is their mandate.




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