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AFRICA : Anti-Christian Gaddafi Takes Over as AU Chair

ICC Note

President Muammar Gaddafi of Libya has recently become the chairperson of African Union. Mr. Gaddafi has been making anti-Christian statements on various occasions.

02/3/2009 Libya (CISA)-President Muammar Gaddafi whose public statements have had the potential of worsening the delicate Muslim-Christian relations in Africa was on Monday elected chairman of the African Union (AU).

Gaddafi, on his 40th year in power, has for the past decade pushed the unity agenda, but without sensitivity to the continent’s religious reality. Christianity and Islam are Africa ’s main religions.

The man who has previously dismissed the Bible as a forgery and Christianity as a religion not meant for Africans will for the next year be the spokesman for a continent where religious tensions have sometimes erupted into violent confrontations.

On the other hand, Christian minorities, especially in North Africa , do not enjoy freedom of worship and continue to suffer official discrimination.

In the past two years, Gaddafi has used celebrations to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammed to disparage Christianity. Last year while visiting Uganda , he delivered a tirade against the Bible, dismissing it as a forgery.

Christianity, he added, was not a universal faith alongside Islam. “There are serious mistakes – among them the one saying that Jesus came as a messenger for other people other than the sons of Israel ,” he said.

“Christianity is not a faith for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas . Other people who are not sons of Israel have nothing to do with that religion.”

“All those believers who do not follow Islam are losers,” Gaddafi said. “We are here to correct the mistakes in the light of the teachings of the Koran.”

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