Religious congregations in the country contest the Religious Freedom bill which, among the proposals, is the payment of tax to the State for its operation. “This religious freedom project is unconstitutional, irresponsible, irrelevant, does not reflect the country and does not represent the religious class”, they defend. The position was expressed this week at a meeting held in the city of Beira, province of Sofala, which brought together more than 150 pastors from various religious congregations, with the aim of protesting the approval of the bill that governs the functioning of churches. The spokesman of the United Churches of Mozambique, Moisés Lauzo, said that, with the approval of this instrument, the Ministry of Justice Constitutional and Religious Affairs intends to hinder the actions of the churches and their pastors, which is why the draft law cannot be fulfilled. due to unreasonableness. “All the law, when being drafted, observes the principle of reasonableness, that is, it must be drafted in conditions of being complied with, but, unfortunately, we note that this draft law cannot be complied with. If through taxes, such as VAT, IRPS, IRPC, among many others, in addition to financing and foreign donations, such as the World Bank, IMF, European Union and others, the government is unable to build buildings to concentrate a large number of people, where the churches will get money for the construction of its temples for its members”?, asked Moisés Lauzo. But, Lauzo did not stop here. “What morality does the Government have to demand conventional buildings from churches for the purpose of worship, while thousands of children study outdoors sitting on the floor, writing on their knees due to poverty and high rate of corruption in the country?”, he added. The spokesperson for the United Churches of Mozambique was also categorical in stating that we are all equal under the law in force in the country. “They cannot tax the church and leave the healer; they cannot tax the church and leave the political parties; they cannot tax the church and leave any association out. , sentenced the religious leader. It should be noted that the draft law on Religious Freedom and Worship has already been approved by the Council of Ministers and has been submitted to the Assembly of the Republic for discussion and approval. (Marta Afonso) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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