Kenya Attempting to Restrict Religion
“Kenya’s evangelical churches have condemned government plans to make it tougher for religious bodies and clerics from all faiths to operate.” The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya says the government is aiming to stop the growth of evangelical churches”
The proposals would require all religious bodies to register, for preachers to have police clearance, and for institutions to submit their statements of faith to a government-backed examination. Other proposals include 1). All preachers would have to undergo theological training at a reputable seminary, 2) The Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission will have to certify that clergy are not corrupt, and 3), Foreign pastors will need a work permit, and a recommendation from their government.
While Christians form the majority in Kenya, the main body of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims also opposed the proposals on the basis of freedom of worship. The proposals amount to a “clampdown on religious institutions” the council said.
Recently, Kenya’s Communications Authority published new broadcasting regulations, which bans preachers from soliciting money on air.