Antigua Parliament Member Argues Against Clergy Taking Part In Elective Politics

Chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Transport Board (ABTB) Dean Jonas (File photo)

Chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Transport Board (ABTB) Dean Jonas (File photo)

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the St George Constituency, Dean Jonas, has warned that partisan political division in congregations across Antigua & Barbuda would result if ministers of religion are allowed to take up elective politics.

This is contrary to the view of some people in the society who remain adamant they should be allowed so to do.

Jonas said that “politics is about division” and argued that he could not see “why any pastor would want to get involved” as the roles of the religious and the political institutions were “completely different”.

“If I were a pastor of a church and my church members were against me politically, then you could see how awkward that would be in the church. It would politicise the congregation and create a lot of situations where I would not be able to properly run that church,” he said.

Jonas was in contention with others who joined him on Sunday’s Big Issues discussion on the role of the church in criticising the policies of the Government of Antigua & Barbuda or even helping to shape them.

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SOURCE: The Daily Observer
Kieron Murdoch

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