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Monday, August 10, 2020

Christians Fighting the Christians Clause in Bill 10 are Cowards

Feature Politics Christians Fighting the Christians Clause in Bill 10 are Cowards

Mr. Chishala Chilufya a seasoned political consultant based in Chipata and a member of the Redeemed Methodist Church has strongly castigated Christians and church organizations who are fighting the Christian clause which is in Constitutional Amendment Bill 10.

In a statement released to the media, Mr. Chishala has also condemned Christians to stop being gullible to rhetorics about Zambia a country being a Christian nation when in fact it’s not properly enshrined in the Constitution of Zambia.

He has since challenged the clergy to come out in the open to openly indicate whether Zambia should cease to be called a Christian nation because that’s what it means when people don’t want it included in the Constitution.

The political consultant has called on the Zambian people to seize this opportunity to strengthen Christian values, ethics and principles within the framework of the law like other nations hav done citing Isreal a Jewish state and Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia, Morrocco among others.

“Firstly, the Zambian people must know that Bill 10 provides to amend multi-religious which is “SECULAR” and replace it with Christian ethics, values and principles. Now the question is, is that what they are opposing? Are we so afraid of living according to Christian values that we are against this amendment or is it because some political parties and clergy have been receiving money from the LBGTQ organizations and are afraid that this clause will hinder them.

“Zambia as a country has been celebrated world over, over the declaration of Zambia being a Christian nation, this lead to the growth of alot of churches but when it comes to implementing this into the Constitution men of the cloth are the ones disputing and opposing the loudest.

“Let’s have an honest conversation, are they opposing God? In essence what they are saying is we should become a secular state to allow gay, satanism and other abominable practises because you can’t have it both ways.
He has since urged the Zambian people to be vigilant and careful and to resist the temptation of turning the Bill into a partisan political conquest when analysing the Bill, he questioned.

He has wondered why some clergy should take a partisan stance, preaching division and choosing whom they support.

“I’m urging the church to not preach hate but to preach love, unity, peace and reconciliation. The church is there to give light to darkness, that is why there is a platform of engagement. They need to be a neutral body. They should not advance a regime change agenda in their criticism, that is why as a politician and Bill 10 Advocate, it is because of the Christian clause
that we have produced the brochure called the ‘Journey-To-Bill10’ and ‘What is Bill 10’ which is available in all local languages

“The country had alot of commissions of inquiry in regards to the Constitution Amendments starting with Former President Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Dr Fredrick Chiluba, Dr Levy Levy Patrick Mwanawasa , Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda and President Michael Says.
Today they are the same people opposing the amendment, as a country we should not do anything to target an individual because of what we stand to benefit individually.

“The Zambian people should not see the amendment bill number 10 through 2021 elections. Since independence in 1964 the Zambian Constitution has been amended 9times. The current amendment should be objectively evaluated. The reason the Constitution has been amended in the past and presently is so as to suit the current atmosphere and state of the world.

“One wonders why people should fight the Constitution Amendment which is meant to correct the challenges affecting our governing system and make us progressive with the inclusion of women, youths and disabled, he wondered.

26 COMMENTS

  1. This Chilufya is short sighted. Bill 10 is not just about definition of Zambia as a Christian Nation. Bill 10 is about Governance, Macroeconomic Management of the Economy, Rule of Law and Human Rights etc. Bill 10 is about 2021 Elections,Third Term Eligibility, introduction of a One Party State etc. Bill 10 is a Scheme for PF to rig Elections and Retain Power in 2021 and beyond. Mr Chishala Chilufya must be reminded that Zambians don’t eat Definitions. They want food on the table, Rule of Law, Good Governance and Respect for Human Rights. Period.

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  2. Conflating ethical matters with legal precepts is what is at stake here. Each religious order has it’s own order of ethics. Question here is why should we go by one set of ethical standards? Implicitly we will be looking down on other moral and ethical stipulations in other religions that we will contradictingly allow to operate. Let’s allow a good constitution that enables the majority Christian practices to thrive as they have. What has gone wrong that we are correcting?

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  3. Even its current secular state Zambia has enough articles in the current constitution and not bill 10 to prosecute those that engage in unnatural acts such as gayism, maybe the author missed the case of a kapiri gay couple that was put in prison for 15 years for practicing unnatural acts, someone should correct me if am wrong, is it true they have been pardoned? Now if this so holier than thou author why didn’t he oppose the pardoning of this gay couple, if he is not a coward Christian? Very useless article with no substance.

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  4. Christianity has been abused for a long time by colonial maters and now it is being abused by “born agains” and politicians.

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  5. Mr chishala makes a valid point. Have they read the bill ? Or are they just opposing things they have no clue about because opposition has paid thrn to do so ? And yes you are right about opposition parties receiving funds from LGBTQ organisations. Let us not beat about the Bush, we all know it is UPND which is pro gay.

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    • Have you read the current constitution? Before you read bill 10 get the current constitution then read it side by side with the proposed amendments in Bill 10. I have read the current constitution and it categorical unnatural acts are illegal in Zambia and no amendments have been proposed to against that, they still remain intact. If you are ain’t gay why have not protested against the pardoning of the kapiri gay couple Ba holier than thou.

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  6. Is it the constitution that causes one to attend church or it is conviction? Who was a more devout Christian btwn Kenneth Kaunda and Frederick Chiluba?

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  7. Let Bill 10 pass then vote whoever you want to be in office. Whats wrong with that? You politicians are becoming insensitive to things that matter the most. Zambia is a christian state and was founded on those principles. Enshrine Christianity into the constitution so that we can move ahead to the Bill of Rights. Its the only pathway to develop Zambia without leaving anyone behind. Otherwise, its all rhetoric and abuse by politicians.

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  8. He has since challenged the clergy to come out in the open to openly indicate whether Zambia should cease to be called a Christian nation because that’s what it means when people don’t want it included in the Constitution. YES IT SHOULD CEASE IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE AT ALL. IT DOES NOT QUALIFY TO BE CALLED A CHRISTIAN NATION FAKE WITH THE HAPPENINGS THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT TO TELL THE NATION THE GASSIN INCIDENCES THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE COUNTRY, NO FAIR POLITICAL GROUND ONLY THE PF IS COMPAINING AND NOT ALLOWING OPPOSITION TO DO SO ATI KULI CORONA VIRUS. MPs THIEVES ARE PROTECTED BY THE HEAD. THE CLERGY ARE BUSY SUPPORTING BILL 10 KNOWING THE CONSQUENCES IN IT. THE CLERGY ARE NOW POLITICIANS. WHAT HAS THE NATIONAL PRAYERS HEADED SINCE YOU INITATED THEM? TROUBLE ALL OVER. THE COUNTRY…

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  9. The Catholic Church has never called any church that isn’t in agreement with their views by any name, and that’s the maturity that distinguishes them from these other churches. You can’t call your fellow clergy as cowards and think that you’ve driven any point, you’re the coward yourself. Those opposed understand things better

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  10. We are quick to cry for “black lives matter” and yet despise gay lives. Aren’t there black people who are gay? I would rather support a gay man than a thieving heterosexual. Africa is hypocritical. Pf government are full of thieves and yet we claim we are a Christian nation. Very laughable. A gay man has never done any harm to me. However, a black heterosexual drunkard thieving president has done damage to the economy. Gay lives matter.

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  11. They will try by all means to force this Bill 10 before 2021….nothing else matters.

    He is back to cloning alias he is bored with his hobby …anyway carry on the flag gives you away.

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  12. Which christian nation?
    This is mocking God. Firstly we have a corrupt, dishonest, immoral leadership that knows nothing about righteousness. And we have unqualified, violent, corrupt thugs serving as ministers and “advisors”.
    Next we have a population that is full of adulterers, fornicators, drunks, lazy, gossips, slanderers and thieves. Is that a christian nation?
    You think that you can live a wicked life and pay lip service to God and go to church on sunday-and you think that makes you a christian?
    There is no such thing as a “christian nation”. Christianity is not just a name or superstition. Its about how you live in relation to God and to people.
    Therefore, a corrupt leader cannot be a christian. A habitual adulterer cannot be a christian. If he claims to be, he is nothing…

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  13. continued….. If he claims to be, he is nothing more than a hypocrite that mocks God.
    There is a worse hell for hypocrites.

    This man sounds like one of the common fake “churchmen” that have very shallow knowledge of the bible, but love money.
    This is a confused man!

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  14. Mr Chilufya Chishala,
    For the record the only Christian nation in the world is the Vatican city and other theocracies in the world are predominantly Muslim nations, like Saudi Arabia( sunni Islam) Iran (Shia Islam) and others like Afghanistan etc.

    In zambia the Christian nation proonocement is just in name and it was a wool cover on our faces by chiluba.
    Which Christian doctrines are we going to inclinde in the zambian constitution, will it be catholic, protestant, born again?????

    And depending on the doctrine of Christianity we accept, the president should be from the chosen Christian doctrine. In Iran the Shia cleric is the leader of Iran, at the Vatican city the pope is the president. In Saudi arabia the Al saud family are the rulers but the wahhabi imams dictate the policy of…

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  15. of Saudi arabia,
    If Bally becomes president under a theocracy, zambia will have to follow the seventh adventist church doctrines, if it’s mmd president Nevers Mumba we will follow the pentecostal doctrines, if it’s ex priest father Bwalya it will be catholic doctrines. So the headache is too painful, katwishi

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  16. @Journey Man. Thank you for being blunt and saying it as it is. Where were the so called Christians when Mapenzi was shot in the back? Where are the Christians and why don’t they speak out against all the moral debauchery? Even though I’m not a Catholic myself, I strongly believe that they infact are the best representative of Christianity through their many works of mercy while the rest spend their time hollering at their listeners weekend in and out. Hypocrites indeed including the author of this debate.

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  17. During KK’s time Zambia was secular but it had better principles corruption was at its lowest u call it christian today it is worse and remember just calling a country christian will not make it a blessed nation nah

  18. Mr. Chishala Chilufya MUST KNOW THAT THE DECLARATION OF ZAMBIA AS CHRISTIAN NATION WAS INITIATED AND DONE BY POLITICIANS. THIS DECLARATION IS A POLITICAL DEVICE AIMED ENDEARING THE CHURCH TO POLITICIANS SO THAT IT BECOMES A TAMED INSTRUMENT IN THE HANDS OF VULGAR POLITICIANS WHICH THEY CAN USE FOR WINNING ELECTIONS. BECAUSE POLITICIANS ARE NOW BEDFELLOWS OF SOME CLERGYMEN, THE CHURCH HAS NOW BEEN REDUCED TO HOSTING POLITICIANS WHOSE AIM IS TO USE IT AS CAMPAIGN GROUND,NOT TO REPENT. SUCH DECLARATION CAN ONLY BE MEANINGFUL IF DONE IN CONSULTATION WITH REAL PROPHETS (of course not the ilk of Seer 1).

  19. One of the Christians who was instrumental in having Zambia declared a Christian nation was Godfrey Miyanda. As acting vice-president while president Chiluba was out of the country, police shot at Kenneth Kaunda and Rodger Chongwe in Kabwe. That’s the Christianity they all believe in.

  20. Chilufya, debate with some intelligence. How do you single out just one clause and call others cowards. Recall Zambia is a Christian Nation by default as majority of us already follow this religion.

  21. Mr chilufya shud find find time to listen to his namesake Pk chishala,s hit song “church elder mwendapole” and reflect

  22. There is absolutely no need to have such a clause in a Constitution. The Constitution is ‘secular’. It is superfluous to claim that you uphold religious freedom and then marginalise other religions by declaring in a Constitution that the country is a ‘Christian Nation’. I have stated this before, and I state it again, ‘for all intent and purposes, Zambia is by and large and in practice a pagan nation’. Whom are we trying to fool? We have a regime that is a devoid of any values, ethics or humane governance but wants to stand on top of the hill and proclaim to be holier than thou. The hypocrisy is astounding.

  23. The war against state religion was fought in the hills and valleys of European and won centuries ago.It is folly and a show of ignorance to try to make citizens comform to a region enforced by state machinary.

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