Draft law increases Christian-Muslim division

By December 8, 2009

Kenya (MNN) — According to International Christian Concern,
the division has grown between Kenya's Christian and Muslim populations as a result
of Kenya's recent draft law. ICC says
Christian leaders in Kenya are opposed to a legislative move that would
recognize Islamic courts in the country's constitution. Islamic clerics forewarned
the Muslim community's rejection of any revised draft omitting these
courts. 

Church leaders deem the Kadhi courts, or Muslim civil
courts, as currently proposed in the draft bill, a "ploy to elevate one
religion over the other."

"The constitution should maintain equality," said
Anglican Church of Kenya's top cleric, Rev. Eliud Wabukala. The Anglican Church
of Kenya is one of the nation's most powerful groups, and it made its voice
clearly heard at ongoing discussions.

The Anglican Church asked officials for a draft containing
clear definitions of the "right of persons to propagate religion" and
"the right of a person to convert to another religion."  

In its current form, Kenyan law makes it safe for groups to
find protection under the constitution, rather than depending on parliament to
rule in their favor. Wabukala says it should remain this way; the law should
guarantee equality of all religions. Recognizing Muslim courts would be a
"contradiction" of the law's fairness.

Kenya's believers have voiced their opposition: they deem the draft a
"contentious" issue. Pray for peace in Kenya as these issues are
resolved.

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