‘Stop gagging pastors with political tags’

Bishop Charles Agyinasare, founder of Perez Chapel International, has admonished politicians to stop tagging Christian and Muslim clerics with political colours as a means of gagging them.

According to him, “being the moral compass of the society, gagging clerics can well mean shutting down the very important compass, which, in turn, robs the nation of the voices of reason and caution, which are critical in steering the nation to its desired destination in peace and harmony.”

Speaking at a post-election thanksgiving service by the newly-elected flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama and the party’s leadership, as well as all the failed aspirants at the Perez Dome on Sunday, Bishop Agyinasare warned that “if the worst befalls this country, Christian and Muslim clerics just as any ordinary vulnerable person, will not be spared.”

 “Why do people persistently colour the words and deeds of Christian and Muslim clerics with politics to the point that they can no longer express themselves about the most basic issues of the country and its wellbeing?”

“We uphold our role as a moral society and a conscience to the nation but often times political mischief makers seek to label church leaders in a way that undermines our pursuits. It is our prayer that society will be a lot more charitable with the church, for society needs the church and especially the divine dimension it introduces in the affairs of the nation,” Bishop Agyinasare stressed.

Some Christian clerics like Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, Bishop Agyinasare himself, among others have been given political tags as being sympathisers of either of the two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) or the National Democratic Congress (NDC) because of their utterances and positions they contribute to national issues. –classfmonline.com

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