Evangelical Association Says Thank You for Religious Affairs Portfolio; Our circle seeks clarity

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Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2022. 4:04 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Although not specifically mentioned by name, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) and its associated churches across the country hope to benefit from a dialogue with the newly appointed Minister of Religious Affairs, Henry Charles Usher.

The Association sent a brief statement this afternoon congratulating Usher and Prime Minister John Briceño for this new initiative.

The Association explained: “Recognizing that over 73% of Belizeans identified with a Christian denomination or church body in the last census, and our Constitution clearly invokes the supremacy of God by stating that ‘nations do not remain free only by adopting moral and spiritual values”, it is fitting and appropriate that such an initiative be put in place for the good of ALL Belizeans.

Presumably that includes those in the LGBT community, for whom advocacy group Our Circle has asked the minister to clarify his remarks on “fusing public service with fundamental Christian principles”.

The Minister, according to Our Circle, has since indicated that he is advocating and will continue to advocate for legislation grounded in equality and inclusion.

But the organization noted that there is still more clarity to be sought on “how morality, Christian values ​​and principles interact with the needs and concerns of vulnerable communities”.

Our Circle notes that the Minister has invited dialogue with the National AIDS Commission, the Belize Human Rights Commission and the National Women’s Commission on these and other issues.


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