Political parties should not use the church as a venue to attack other parties, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday.
Davis was referring to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis who on Sunday lambasted the PLP during a church service at Cousin McPhee Cathedral AME Church.
Davis described the prime minister’s comments as “inappropriate”.
“I mean the church is the church and when we are in a church the secular issues are only addressed in the context of our biblical teachings and it is not to use to promote one’s party or to diminish another party in the context of the spiritual realm,” Davis said.
The Free National Movement (FNM) held a church service to mark the second year of its May 10, 2017 election victory.
During the service, Minnis described the PLP as a party with “a sense of entitlement, mass corruption and widespread victimization”.
PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell said yesterday that Minnis’ behavior is the reason why some churches do not allow politicians on their pulpits at all.
“I appeal to the Christian Council to rein in this kind of outrageous use of church pulpits,” the chairman said.
Mitchell said the PLP was “totally offended” that the church’s pastor allowed the prime minister to “use his church to spew out total propaganda”.
“The speech in that church on Sunday was totally out of the norm,” he said.
Mitchell added, “They simply do not know what is appropriate to say and what is not. Had he been in certain churches, the prime minister would’ve been stopped dead in his tracks for violating the terms of reference of appearance in church.
“There [are] certain protocols and norms which obtain when you speak in a church and one of them is while you can thank God for what he’s done for you, you do not use it for direct political speeches.”
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice