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United Church Response to Bible School Burning in Sudan

27 April 2012

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 13:10

The United Church of Canada joins the All Africa Conference of Churches and the World Council of Churches in condemning the destruction on April 21 of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church Bible School, and the burning of books, including the Bible. Furthermore, the United Church is very concerned about the forcible takeover by security forces of the premises of its partner, the Sudan Council of Churches in Nyala, Darfur. We offer our deepest sympathy to our Christian sisters and brothers in Sudan, and affirm our continued solidarity.

The number of attacks against Christians in Khartoum and surrounding areas has increased in recent months. The government of Sudan must live up to its obligations and its own stated commitment to protect the rights and security of all minority groups in the country, including religious minorities. The escalating conflict in the border area between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan has resulted in many lives lost, and rising instability in both countries. The insecurity has left many communities vulnerable, particularly minority groups on both sides of the border.

We are heartened by the courage displayed by Muslims, women's groups, and politicians who denounced these attacks, and gathered in solidarity with their fellow Christian citizens in the compound of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church Bible School to offer support.

We echo calls of United Church partners and the Canadian government urging the Government of Sudan to respect and protect minorities' rights. We pray that the human rights of all people in Sudan will be respected and promoted, including freedom of religion.

Learn more from statements by the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Council of Churches.

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