Monday, August 27, 2007

On Silent Accomplices

Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who was the subject of the move Hotel Rwanda, says the churches failed to speak out during the Rwandan Genocide. Here's a quote from a story at Ethics Daily:

Prior to 1994, Rwanda was described as the most Christianized country in Africa. Ninety percent of its citizens professed to be Christians. But that didn't stop tribal violence from breaking out that resulted in the wanton murder of 800,000 people in 100 days.

Like other foreigners, American missionaries were evacuated when the killing started, Paul Rusesabagina told EthicsDaily.com.

"The Rwandan genocide took place in a hidden way, without any eyewitnesses from the international community," Rusesabagina said. "When it comes to churches, all the churches kept quiet."

"Silence, as we all know, is complicity," he said.

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