The Muslim Caucus in Parliament has cautioned the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), and the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), against supporting the decision to prevent Muslim students in Wesley Girls’ High School from fasting during Ramadan.
Wesley Girls’ High School was directed by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to allow the Muslim students to partake in the fast, however the Methodist Church intervened and said the school would not comply with such directive.
Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, a member of the Muslim minority caucus in Parliament, on Eyewitness News which was monitored by Africa Articles, said both Christian bodies have shown bad faith by endorsing a decision that in his view promotes hatred and bigotry against Muslims.
“It is disappointing that the Christian Council and the Conference of Catholic Bishops will support bigotry and hatred. This is pure hatred, and we believe that our country has passed this stage. We will not tolerate this.”
Mr. Muntaka believes the best way to cease discrimination on religious basis is by widely condemning it.
“We expect many people with a conscience to speak against this [form of discrimination]. Let us not be silent. We should not allow a few bigots to take over our coexistence.”
The legislator was however optimistic that an ongoing dialogue between key stakeholders involved in the impasse will yield good results.
“We are happy that we met the Minister; we conveyed our concerns, and he keeps assuring us that these issues would be resolved amicably. We will continue to call for calm within the Muslim community.”