Sudan detains 10 women for wearing miniskirts and trousers to church

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Sudanese women, some dressed in trousers, are seen outside the All Saints Cathedral in Khartoum. In the Nuba Mountains, women dressed in trousers have been arrested for indecent dressing. Religion News Service photo by Fredrick Nzwili

Sudanese women, some dressed in trousers, are seen outside the All Saints Cathedral in Khartoum. In the Nuba Mountains, women dressed in trousers have been arrested for indecent dressing. Religion News Service photo by Fredrick Nzwili

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(RNS) Police charged 12 women under Sudan’s 1991 Criminal Act, but two were released. The rest are to appear in court in the coming days. If convicted, each will face 40 lashes.

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  • Jack

    That’s it!

    We’ve just found the formula for getting RNS to write more articles about issues other than why the pope likes orange juice better than milk or the changing attitudes on gay marriage on the part of Gypsy shoe makers in northern Transylvania.

    If we want RNS to write about serious issues like human trafficking or global poverty or tyrannical regimes like Sudan’s, we should dress the victims in miniskirts and pay some government official to freak out by jailing them.

  • The indicated Website above asks the serious question “Where Is Allah?” The young women should be freed until this question is answered.

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  • Ben in oakland

    This is what happens when church and state are allowed to mix. The state shouldn’t be involved in this. If the church doesn’t like women wearing pants or mini skirts to church, that the church should tell the women to leave.

  • Ben in oakland

    Well, Jack, to listen to so many anti-gay religious people talk, you’d think there is nothing else in the universe except for gay sex and religion.

    Personally, I look forward to the day when I no longer have to write about either. But as long as there are dominionist, and people who think they have a right to control my life because they don’t like something that is absolutely none of their business, I guess I’ll have to continue writing.

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  • Seriously,”Ben in Oakland”? Are you a victim of modern-day slavery? Is someone or something forcibly compelling you to live your life according to THEIR dictates,in America? Frankly,that sounds more like a failure of imagination than anything else. You write what you want because you can; RNS would simply block you if it came to that,so chill on the pseudo-victimhood.To all intent and purpose you and those of your ilk have won; your continued carping serves to illustrate the Biblical adage,”the heart of man is never satisfied”.

  • Wow,”Ben in Oakland “…you don’t know a lot about the Sudanese government,do you? I’m actually surprised that they haven’t bombed the church instead of just interfering in the church’s internal affairs.Christianity is illegal in Sudan,a predominantly Muslim country; this church is in fact hiding out in the Nuba Mountains.Get informed,my friend.

  • Jack

    Ben, keep writing — My post was directed at the web site and its overkill, which is a different matter.

  • Jack

    Ben, I think you’ve misunderstood the issue here. It’s not the church that’s going after these women….it’s the Islamist regime that runs Sudan. The writer of the piece perhaps should have made it more clear.

  • Jack

    The point is that no governmental authority has the right to ban women from wearing miniskirts, in church or outside of it…..And it’s especially ironic once you consider the fact that the government in question isn’t even Christian but Muslim. Not that this changes the basic principle, but it makes the situation seem all the more silly.

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