Members of parliament in the South Central African country of Uganda are seeking to ban street preaching in the nation following a motion from a Kawempe North legislator.
According to reports, parliament met earlier this month to deliberate the matter. The government officials, known as GP’s, stated that they disliked the preaching, calling it “inflammatory.”
“We need to control these people before it’s too late,” said Alex Ruhunda. “We cannot allow people who abuse other peoples’ religions; this will cause chaos in the country.”
Those present state that parliament seemed to be united on the matter, opining that the ban was necessary.
However, a local pastor, and many other evangelists in the nation express say that a complete ban would be unconstitutional.
“Open air preaching is an ancient Christian practice and shouldn’t be banned,” remarked Simeon Kayiwa of Namirembe Christian Fellowship Church.
Latif Ssebaggala, who first addressed his concerns to parliament in the form of a letter, states that the protests that have broken out around the world over the film “Innocence of Muslims” demonstrate the need to silence offensive speech. He asked the government to condemn those who promote “religious hatred” by using various forms of expressing to speak against Islam.
Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali advised that Muslims should notify police whenever they come in contact with those that denounce the Islamic religion.
While a decision has not yet been made about the matter, according to reports, parliament urged its fellow government leaders “to ensure that street preachers do not plunge the country into chaos.
Uganda is 41% Roman Catholic, 35% Angelican, 8% evangelical Christian and 12% Muslim.
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