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02.06.2019 NPP News

We Have No Intention To Regulate Churches – NPP MP

By Staff Writer
We Have No Intention To Regulate Churches – NPP MP

“I do not think that the state at this stage– the priority must be to regulate or legislate churches– I think we have much bigger priorities to deal with, so far as legislation is concerned. If we fail to call as stakeholders to ensure the enforcement of these laws and now we want to legislate it, then we are not going anywhere with this. So far as I am concerned, the NPP government does not have the position to legislate churches. It is not a government position. The party has no intentions for plans to ever regulate religion.”

The New Patriotic Party (NPP), Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South John Ntim Fordjour says government has no intention to pass such a law, citing other priority and focused areas of the NPP as reasons.

Some Members of Parliament (MPs) are requesting for a law to be enacted to regulate activities of churches solely owned and run by individuals and self-professed pastors termed as “one-man churches” who are engaging in all sorts of illegalities.

Speaking on The Big Issue on Saturday, the Assin South MP vowed to personally resist any attempts to have such a legislation passed insisting that the Nana Akufo-Addo government will in no way superintend over such a move.

“I will be, if not the strongest, one of the strongest advocates, who will resist any attempt to interfere in matters of religion. If there is any attempt tomorrow to regulate how many times my good friends — the Muslims must pray or the number of times they go to the mosque — the same advocacy and principle with which I am applying now will be the same that I will use to defend them,” he added.

The legislators argued that there is a need for Parliament to critically investigate the activities of these churches and pastors to protect Ghanaians from exploitation.

The MPs said churches and pastors have been engaging in all manner of unacceptable practices in the country.

They added that a certain level of regulation is required to prevent these churches and pastors from engaging in abuse, indoctrination and other activities that are not in line sound Christian teaching.