Monday, June 20, 2011

Pairin On Religious Freedom and Christians

The Huguan Siou, Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan today said that Christians in the country will continue to practise religious freedom despite attempts by certain quarters to restrict this.

He was speaking during the 18th Anniversary of the Keningau Diocese in Keningau. Recently, the Christian faith has come under attack from various irresponsible quarters out to create trouble.

Some of the issues were the detention of copies of the Malay-language Bible, confiscation of Christian CDs, attacks on churches, the illegal assembly which scared Christian worshippers outside a church, refusal to allow a Catholic newsletter a renewal of its printing licence, the refusal of a court of law to allow a Christian to officially be declared a Christian, threats of a crusade against Christians by a politician, false accusation that there are Christians who want to set up a Christian state and some others more.

It is hoped that Christians in the country especially in Sabah would not be disillussioned by these developments, but would take Pairin's words to continue practising their faith while praying for greater religious freedom in the state.