“There has been a separation of religion and state in Sudan,” Bishop Trille recalled adding that “it was only in September 1983 that the country entered into institutionalizing Islamic laws.”
He added, “In the 1950's, 1960’s and 70’s, there were no Islamic laws. From 1983 to the present is when institutions became Islamized.”
Bishop Tombe also proposed some options to solving the Islamization of Sudan saying, “One way is to go back to where we were in the 1950s; Islam is not brought by these fundamentalists, Islam has been there before.”
The SCBC President continued, “We go back to our laws and continue to live as a nation without dividing the country into Muslims and Christians, non-religious and religious; we are able and I think it is possible to go back because it has been there before.”
“Always Islam is being used by the politicians for ruling,” he noted, adding that the statement providing gaps for confusion is clear, “Islam is the source of all laws, even before it was there but hidden and relatively more peaceful.”
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The Bishop further noted, “Without removing this one article called Sharia being the source of all laws and norms in Sudan, even if they say it is repealed, it will remain the same.”
“The best thing to work on is the attitude of people to see themselves as Sudanese and not necessarily Muslims or Christians,” he said and added, “Let Sudanese have their own laws as people and Christians with their own laws as Christians dealing with spiritual laws and Muslims with their spiritual laws separately.”
“We are talking about Islamic laws, not Sudanese laws; if Islam wants to rule themselves by their own laws, let them rule themselves; a Muslim is free to apply Sharia for himself but not a law for Sudanese,” Bishop Tombe said during the October 2 interview with ACI Africa.