Lasting Peace

A year ago President Benigno Aquino III of  the Philippines proposed a Bangsamoro Basic Law, following a peace agreement with the Islamist rebel groups who had fought a decades-long insurgency for an independent Islamic state in the south of this Christian-majority nation. The draft law has recently been updated in response to fears about the negative impact on Christians living in the proposed new Muslim-dominated sub-state. The revisions make it more explicit that sharia (Islamic law) should apply only Muslims, and that the Bangsamoro region must conform to “universally accepted principles of human rights”. However, sharia discriminates against women and non-Muslims, so it is hard to see how these times cab be achieved. Pray that the rights of Christians in Bangsamoro will not be sacrificed by the Philippine government in their desire to bring lasting peace after so many years of conflict. Pray that they will not go ahead with setting up an Islamic substate for their Muslim minority, for this could create a precedent for other muslim minorities around the world.

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