Parliament will not silence Christianity

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Excluding Christian voices from Parliament would be grossly unconstitutional and is not on the cards, says Parliament spokesperson in response to messages circulating on social media.

Parliament unequivocally dismisses as false the claim that either the National Assembly or the National Council of Provinces will be voting this week whether Christianity should be silenced.” This was a statement issued by Moloto Mothapo, spokesman for Parliament.

The statement was released in response to claims that had been circulating on social media platforms, including WhatsApp.

Mothapo said parliament categorically states that there exists no such proposal before it for consideration. In addition, such a proposal would be grossly unconstitutional.

The Constitution, the supreme law of our land, is very clear that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion”. This is contained in section 15 – Freedom of religion, belief and opinion – in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

Mothapo said the hoax was unfortunate. Parliament has urged members of the public to ignore it.

Faith-based organisations have a positive relationship with Parliament, including via the Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) which is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue for the Church – as part of civil society – to contribute to debates on issues of public policy, to exert an influence for the common good in areas of political, economic and social concern, and to help shape legislative and policy developments. SA.

 

 


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