Religious intolerance in Malawi is unacceptable,  ‘it represents an insult to God and to human dignity’

Religious tolerance should exist where we must allow other people to think about god(s) in ways that they choose to. We must accept and tolerate other people’s religious beliefs and practices even when such beliefs and practices are different from our own beliefs or lack of beliefs.Loose cannon

Followers of most religions believe that their own religious beliefs are true and that the beliefs of other groups are, to some extent, false. Some religious scholars believe that such a stance may necessarily not be dangerous but that profound evil can arise when such beliefs extend to oppressing other religious groups, discriminate against them, or disseminate hatred against them.

When followers of religion go a step further to believe that followers of other faith groups are sub-human, the repercussions are grossly devastating. It results in mass crimes against humanity and genocide.

Such devastating repercussions have happened in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Cyprus, Nigeria, Sudan, Middle East, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, East Timor, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Rwanda, among others.

It is against this backdrop that I hastily join the Muslims Association of Malawi (MAM) in reprimanding the heartless thug who attacked an elderly Group Village Headman M’bodo of Rumphi allegedly for offering land to be used for the construction of a Mosque.

The 89-old traditional leader was reportedly battling for his life in hospital when the story of his attack appeared in the media at the weekend. Indeed, I wish to concur with the spokesperson for MAM, Sheikh Dinala Chabulika, that victimizing Muslim converts is “unacceptable” and that no religion is superior to the other.

It is in the same light that I state that it is totally illegal, unacceptable and utter barbaric to wage religious violence in the same fashion as it happened in Lilongwe on Friday, June 10, 2016, against members of Prophet Bushiri’s Enlightened Christians Gathering (ECG).

Nyasa Times reported that worshippers were brutally attacked by panga-wielding thugs. Other thugs used other kind of weapons and that many people sustained injuries during the attack and were referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital for medical attention.

Apart from the physical attack on worshippers, assorted items and a podium were destroyed and burnt to ashes. It was just unbelievable!

It would not be prudent at this juncture to pass judgement as to what may have been the actual motive for the barbaric attacks on the worshippers and the ageing chief. One would expect that the Malawi Police Service will thoroughly investigate these incidents and bring the culprits to book.

Whatever the motive for the attacks were, it is completely against the country’s constitutional order to disturb people that are freely congregating to worship their God. It is actually a criminal act punishable by the laws of this country to mercilessly hack worshippers or an unarmed Islam convert. The police must move swiftly to get to the bottom of these attacks.

There have been examples of various inadequacies in the ability of our law-enforcing agencies to deal with crime, notably around the issues of the murder of Robert Chasowa, July 20 murders, the murder of Mr. Issa Njaunju of ACB and, lately, albino executions, among others.

As a nation, we cannot continue to look away when people who are armed to teeth terrorize worshippers and simply get away with it. If this status quo continues, then we need to be afraid, and very afraid indeed.

Government must not only be seen to strongly condemn any acts of violence against unarmed citizens, it must aggressively and decisively deal with these crimes to avert any future recurrence of the problems.

Recently, the President has been speaking publicly against albino executions and crime in general. It is his constitutional duty and responsibility to maintain security and safety of people and that of property. This is primary to his development agenda. Malawians ought to be safe wherever they are.

Many Christians experience daily affronts and often live in fear because of their pursuit of truth, their faith in Jesus Christ and their heartfelt plea for respect for religious freedom . This situation is unacceptable, since it represents an insult to God and to human dignity; furthermore, it is a threat to security and peace.” Pope Benedict XVI

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8 thoughts on “Religious intolerance in Malawi is unacceptable,  ‘it represents an insult to God and to human dignity’”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians let’s face it head on and must not pretend.This religious deadly bloodletting has been the sole responsility of the Muslims themselves.In Malawi,we used to live peacefully,but when Bakari Muluzi came into power,he opened the gates for his killer Muslim friends,hence the present day religious uncertainty into our country.It is fair to point a finger to the Muslims for their campaign of terror and intimidations.I was not,generally,a fan of Hastings Banda,but when it came to Islamic issues,I strongly supported him.Muslims must not deny the responsibilities of carnage throughout the planet.Who is Boko Haram(Haram meas curse in Arabic) in Nigeria? and what are they doing there? Who are Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia? And why are they killing innocent Kenyan Christians? Who are ISIS in Syria and what are they doing there? Who are Hazebolahs,Alkaida? Who killed those 49 people in a night club shooting in Olrando,USA a week ago? The list is long.However,not only Christians are the victims of Muslim barbarians,but to a large extent,their fellow Muslims.Their target is now Malawi and Southern Africa,but I can assure them that this is a day dream,yes,they can use Petro Dollar,but it will boomerang.My word to my fellow Malawians,we must stay united behind our Christian faith which has been our religious guiding compass for thousands of years.Let our so-called Chiefs stop selling our lands to Muslims to build Mosques which are turned into terrorist bases.

  2. john telford says:

    remember this and never ever forget it WHEREVER MUSLIMS ARE IN A MINORITY THEY ALWAYS PREACH RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE ALWAYS HOWEVER GIVEN A MAJORITY THEY PREACH DEATH AND HATRED TO ALL OTHER RELIGEONS.

  3. Winston Msowoya says:

    Just to educate the writer of a religious subject that Rwanda was not involved in religious bloodletting conflict,but it was the scourge of Africa,”TRIBALISM” between the Hutus (Majority) and the Tutsis (Minority).

  4. Mtchona says:

    Just that speech. I knew where it is coming from even before I finished to read. Not one else can say that apart from these people. It is them who created Islam to eliminate Protestantism. As 2Thesalonians2:2-4 Say they want everyone to submit mainly to him (pope) as a god. That’s why they have been persecuting people from 538Ad.ln 630s they created Islam imagine.Now they are beheading people(Dan7:25)in the name of Religion.And New World Order to unite the world in error worshipping Lucifer. Shame!!! Even the Qur’an was written by them not Mohammad as they put it.Actually Mohammad was their own member and used his name.

    1. Sense says:

      You were there 1400 years ago?

  5. Malawi ali mmanja mwa agalu!!

    1. gunsary says:

      zoona

    2. pido says:

      Is it not the same MOSLEMS who killed Christians in Nigeria just because they ate during the day within the rhamadan period? I am telling you the number 666 is for the moslems that is tainted on their forehead due to hitting of the ground during prayers in mosques. Another 666 is the one brought to people through their false and forceful circumcision. Oh

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