Is Sudan Seriously Moving Toward Religious Freedom?

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Sudan is taking some steps in the right direction towards religious freedom. But how far down the path will they go?

One positive sign was Sudanese believers were allowed to march in a Christmas celebration – the first time since authoritarian president Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in April.

For now, the United States State Department is encouraged enough to take Sudan off the blacklist for religious freedom violations. This means fewer sanctions and more diplomatic cooperation between the two countries.

Ever since Sudan bid goodbye to al-Bashir’s regime, the transitional government — a joint military-civilian body — is rewriting the script for Sudanese politics.

Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs says, “Hopefully religious freedom will be a part of that — religious freedom allowing Sudanese people to be Muslim or Christian or something else and to freely choose what their religion is.

“The government seems to be heading in the right direction [and] making the right noises, but the hard part is actually putting that into practice and then keeping it in practice in the years to come.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for leaders who respected religious freedom to be elevated in Sudan’s new government.
  • Ask God to strengthen and grow the Church in Sudan.