Religion: South Africa's Conscience

South Africa's brutal policy of apartheid, carried out by Christians in the name of Christianity, has long been a challenge to the Christian conscience. Afrikaners traditionally see themselves as the Children of Israel in a Promised Land where God put the black man to serve Him by serving the whites, hewing wood and drawing water. For generations the Dutch Reformed Church has wrapped segregation in a mantle of scriptural self-righteousness ("If God had wanted the races to mix, he would have said so in the Bible"). President Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd is a regular churchgoer who, like most of his Nationalist Party...

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