By BBN Staff: The Council of Churches issued a statement yesterday saying that it opposes unjust discrimination that deprives any person of basic needs, or of their human dignity.
“The Church teaches that all persons should be and must be loved, accepted and respected. In other words, the Church teaches that our actions toward each other must follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ,” the council said.
The Council says that it is supportive of the concept of legislation which would further promote and protect the right to equal protection under the law and nondiscrimination, contained in the Constitution of Belize.
The council further states that it is willing to consider legislation that will protect against unreasonable and unjustifiable discrimination on the grounds of health (including HIV/AIDS) and violence against women and children, provided that it is fair to all.
“However, the Council of Churches does not support the proposed Equal Opportunities Bill in its current form. The Bill, as presented to us, has grave and negative implications for the Churches of Belize, particularly in the areas of constitutional rights and freedoms, civil liberties, marriage, education, employment and business,” the statement further explained.
The council asserts that if this bill is passed in its current form, it will seriously affect the church’s ability to properly carry out the mission and ministry of the Church in Belize.