Religious tolerance key to our national agenda!

AS a secular state, Ghana has enjoyed a considerable amount of religious tolerance.  The various religious sects we have in this country have co-existed peacefully.

INDEED it’s been a long time since this country experienced, particularly violence triggered by religious misunderstandings.  And obviously this is something that we should not wish for as a people, especially looking at its impacts on national development.

ON countless occasions, we have, through this medium, drummed home the point that we can only develop and grow as a nation if there is peace and stability.  Therefore, violence fuelled by any circumstance, is something we should jealously guard against and not entertain!

THAT is why Today is particularly concerned about what transpired on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Glorious Word and Power Ministries International at Ordorkor, Accra.

IT so happened that some irate youth who were piqued by some dark prophesies by the leader and founder of the Glorious Word and Power Ministries International, Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempeh, stormed the church premises and vandalised properties belonging to the church.

IN the wake of that unfortunate incident we at Today condemn in no uncertain terms that action by those youth.  It was completely wrong for them to take the law into their own hands and destroy properties of the church.

IN any case the right cause of action was for them to have reported their grievances to the appropriate quarters for redress instead of venting their spleen on properties of the church.      

IT is in the light of the above that Today agrees with the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, that we must eschew religious conflicts of any form.   

ACCORDING to him, “Islam as a religion means peace and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has taught that a true Muslim is the one from whose tongues and hands all other peaceful people are safe and who is at peace with his neighbours.”

I repeat: …a true Muslim is one from whose tongues and hands all other peaceful people are safe and who is at peace with his neighbours.

WE believe Vice President Bawumia made the above observations following the incident at the Glorious Word and Power Ministries International, Ordorkor.    

THUS, Today agrees with him when he stresses the need for religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence between persons of different religious persuasions.

WE do not want to witness any religious conflicts of any magnitude in this country.  Such a situation would not bode well for development of this nation.  We are also delighted that Pastor Owusu Bempah has gone to the Chief Imam’s residence to apologise to him.  And we believe the Chief Imam has accepted his apology in good faith.

THUS, we should let go our anger and pent-up feelings and seek for the betterment of Ghana.

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