MPs call for equal treatment of churches

Speaking at the debate, proposed by the MPLA Parliamentary Group, honourable Liberty Chiaka (UNITA) called for churches to be transformed into public institutions in order to benefit equally from the Executive’s support.

He said that in a secular state there should be no preference for any religion, and suggested a broad reflection on the defense of the right to worship constitutionally provided for.

To the head of the Parliamentary Group of the PRS, Benedito Daniel, considered the debate of transcendent importance, and suggested its extension to the whole society.

According to him, the authorities must take into account that all religions have their philosophical foundation, their faith and ethnic teachings, which must be respected.

In turn, MP Boaventura Cardoso (MPLA) lamented the fact that there was “manipulation” of the faithful by some religious leaders, galvanized by the theology of prosperity.

For this reason, he said that it is important to take steps to prevent, for example, churches from treating patients who need to be referred to the hospital, without, however, calling into question a belief in God’s healing power.

“In Angola there is freedom of worship and religion, but I have heard religious leaders who say there is too much freedom”, said the MP.

In his address, the head of the FNLA Representative in Parliament, Lucas Ngonda, said that the topic under discussion was very important and encouraged scholars to carry out a thorough work to see if all denominations are religions.

“Laity, yes, it takes deep study to respect the true churches”, he said.

Honourable Matilde Freire (CASA-CE) asked for the revision of the legal tool on religious matters, and recommended the closure of articles that carry out acts contrary to the Law.

According to Mr Alcides Sakala (UNITA), since Angola is a secular state, it should avoid recourse to violence and promiscuity between those who govern and religious leaders.

MP Rosa Pacavira thinks that the scheduling of the theme by the MPLA has demonstrated that the ruling party is an open political force.

She said that, in the light of the Constitution, no citizen or group of citizens should impose their thinking on others, emphasizing that secularity allows the adoption of religion or not.

In contradiction, the head of the Parliamentary Group of CASA-CE, Andre Mendes de Carvalho, said that “there has not been due respect for the Law”, since in some churches the poor believers are exploited, based on messages of prosperity.

“The political use and instrumentalisation of the churches in the secular state cannot be allowed, especially by the stronger parties”, he said.

MP Fernando Heitor (UNITA) said that there is a big problem of the proliferation of churches in Angola and violation of the rights of believers.

“Churches play an important role in society, but there is a lot of use of the churches over the poor, and we have to safeguard our customs and habits, we cannot leave spaces that can be occupied by certain practices that threaten the nation”, he said.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

MPs call for equal treatment of churches

Speaking at the debate, proposed by the MPLA Parliamentary Group, honourable Liberty Chiaka (UNITA) called for churches to be transformed into public institutions in order to benefit equally from the Executive’s support.

He said that in a secular state there should be no preference for any religion, and suggested a broad reflection on the defense of the right to worship constitutionally provided for.

To the head of the Parliamentary Group of the PRS, Benedito Daniel, considered the debate of transcendent importance, and suggested its extension to the whole society.

According to him, the authorities must take into account that all religions have their philosophical foundation, their faith and ethnic teachings, which must be respected.

In turn, MP Boaventura Cardoso (MPLA) lamented the fact that there was “manipulation” of the faithful by some religious leaders, galvanized by the theology of prosperity.

For this reason, he said that it is important to take steps to prevent, for example, churches from treating patients who need to be referred to the hospital, without, however, calling into question a belief in God’s healing power.

“In Angola there is freedom of worship and religion, but I have heard religious leaders who say there is too much freedom”, said the MP.

In his address, the head of the FNLA Representative in Parliament, Lucas Ngonda, said that the topic under discussion was very important and encouraged scholars to carry out a thorough work to see if all denominations are religions.

“Laity, yes, it takes deep study to respect the true churches”, he said.

Honourable Matilde Freire (CASA-CE) asked for the revision of the legal tool on religious matters, and recommended the closure of articles that carry out acts contrary to the Law.

According to Mr Alcides Sakala (UNITA), since Angola is a secular state, it should avoid recourse to violence and promiscuity between those who govern and religious leaders.

MP Rosa Pacavira thinks that the scheduling of the theme by the MPLA has demonstrated that the ruling party is an open political force.

She said that, in the light of the Constitution, no citizen or group of citizens should impose their thinking on others, emphasizing that secularity allows the adoption of religion or not.

In contradiction, the head of the Parliamentary Group of CASA-CE, Andre Mendes de Carvalho, said that “there has not been due respect for the Law”, since in some churches the poor believers are exploited, based on messages of prosperity.

“The political use and instrumentalisation of the churches in the secular state cannot be allowed, especially by the stronger parties”, he said.

MP Fernando Heitor (UNITA) said that there is a big problem of the proliferation of churches in Angola and violation of the rights of believers.

“Churches play an important role in society, but there is a lot of use of the churches over the poor, and we have to safeguard our customs and habits, we cannot leave spaces that can be occupied by certain practices that threaten the nation”, he said.

Source: Angola Press News Agency