Monday, April 20, 2015

CCM: Political agenda in church protest

2:12PM Apr 20, 2015
Malaysiakini
The Council of Churches Malaysia expressed its discontent and displeasure at the demonstration by a small group of protesters against a church at Taman Medan in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

It believes there is a political agenda by certain quarters.

CCM general secretary, Dr Hermen Shastri in a statement today, said the protesters appears to have taken the law into their own hands by disrupting the worship of a church and making religiously insensitive demands that pertain to the sacred symbol of Christians, the crucifix.

“The council is not surprised that yet again such an incident has taken place in Selangor.

"It is obvious that there is a political agenda behind such acts from certain quarters, who are out to instigate and increase inter-religious tensions in the state,” he said.

Opposing such actions that disrupt inter-religious harmony, Hermen said the church believes that the majority of Malaysians will oppose those who seek to deny the right of people to worship, and their right to display their religious symbols at their places of worship.

“Our council calls upon the state authorities to come to the aid of this small and vulnerable congregation, traumatised by a small group of demonstrators.

“The council also calls on the authorities to take firm measures against anyone who seeks to disrupt the worship of others, and, seek to act above the law by imposing their religious view upon people of other faiths, by show of mob force,” Hermen added.

Yesterday, it was reported that 50 protesters turned up outside a shoplot in Taman Medan, where the church is based, demanding a cross placed there to be brought down.

They questioned the location of the church, claiming  that the surrounding population is 95 percent Muslim. The church has agreed to take down the crucifix.

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, was quoted in The Star Onlineas saying that demanding the removal of the cross was unacceptable and disrespectful.
~ Malaysiakini 

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