- Apr 28, 2010
The LRA has nothing really to do with religion, it is a rebel group mainly concerned with the holding and gaining of natural resources. Also the LRA themselves say that it is more based upon a tribal idea, which does explain their connection to the Acholi. Sudan as well is not based on religious, but on ethnical grounds, those of Arabic descent against those of African. Perhaps it looks to be religious, but in reality it is a combination of ethnicity and natural resources, once again.The Hitch said:With regard to Rwanda, I agree religion was not the instigator of this. Personaly I blame imperialism. It was the Belgians which created the differences, and more importantly the French which had a very dark relationship with the Hutu militias, as it does with much of Africa
I will however make a few points. There were infamously priests which offered sanctuary to Tutsis only to let the interhamwe come in to massacre.
There were on the other hand priests who helped as well.
Also food for thought. 1 Rwanda is the most Christian country in Rwanda.
Also, showing just how unstable Africa is, Rwanda is now the probably the most peaceful country in Africa.
But to see an example where religion is causing problems in Africa the least peaceful area in the continent is atm in the nearby, Congo, Sudan, Uganda border region. There the Lords Resistance Army, a group based on a semi Christian semi voodoo beliefs is presiding over a reign of terror which makes thomas Torquemada look like The good samaratan.
Congo has a lot of the same problems that plagued Rwanda, and many problems with the Hutu and the Tutsi. Actually the Rwandan genocide is the cause of many of the problems in the Congo.
With the priests in Rwanda, it is also necessary to note that many priests did not invite the interhamwe in, but that through the radio many of the interhamwe came out of themselves and would kill all those inside the church, with or without the consent of the priest, in many cases even killing the priests in the progress
Also I need to state that it were not the Belgians who created the divide, the divide was already present, however the Belgians aggravted the situation in Rwanda by giving too much political power to a minority group