Indigenous Spiritual Groups Warn Politicians Against Hate Speech
The Indigenous Spiritual Organization Churches have now called on politicians to stop spreading hate speech when allowed to address the congregants in churches.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News the Indigenous Spiritual Organization Churches Chairman Francis Opel says politicians have been using the microphones in church to advance hate and settle political scores on the pulpit.
“We want to ask our politicians to behave well when we invite them to be part of the service. It is becoming shameful that some of them use such opportunities to attack their opponents….it is I time they behaved well,” Opel told Ghetto Radio News.
When asked whether they will lock the politicians out of their services, he stated that churches are there to trim those who have gone astray and from the teachings of God.
“Not all are bad, some politicians are our sons and daughters we should not lock them out …The main role of men in clothe is to ensure that those with bad morals are upright again…so we shall continue hosting them but on condition that they show some decorum when addressing our congregants,” he added.
According to Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit political leaders had consistently violated the sacred nature of the altars and they were using the same to advance their political hatred.
September this year Sapit banned all politicians from addressing congregants in all Anglican Churches and functions.
“Nimepiga marufuku wanasiasa kuongea ndani ya kanisa ya Anglican,” said Ole Sapit.
“In the church, everybody is welcome, but we have the pews and the pulpit. The pulpit is for the clergy and the pews are for everybody who came to worship,” Ole Sapit added.
The ban which is still effective has however not been taken lightly by a section of politician including Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
By Allan Otieno
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