Focus on the Sudan

Jeff Sharlet, blogger and author of the influential Harper's article from a few months back on Colorado's mega-churches, takes reporting on Charles Garang's death to task:

"The last two days of reporting on the untimely death of Sudanese rebel leader John Garang illustrate the folly of such neglect [of the evangelical press]. Overlooked in nearly all the mainstream press' coverage is Garang's association with the most theocratically-inclined elements of the American Christian conservative movement."

This isn't just a guilt-by-association incidental point. Garang, who was supposedly touting Democracy, was actually a problematic figure with "dictatorial tendencies" who "disappeared" a number of folks and ultimately entered into a power-sharing arrangement with the brutal regime. Sharlet shows how right wing Christian organizations use downtrodden Sudanese citizens to fundraise while offering praise and support to Garang.

Devastating stuff should a reporter decide to pursue it. (The Revealer)

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