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Diversity is strength, not a weakness – President Granger

As Guyana joins the rest of the world in observance of interfaith week 2016, President David Granger says that it is imperative that Guyana look at diversity as a source of strength and not one of weakness.

The President made the statement at the Arthur Chung Convention Center on Monday at the launch of Interfaith Week 2015.

Religious faiths represented according to the program circulated include, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Bahai and Apostolic Pentecost.

According to the President, Guyana has reached a state of tolerance for other cultural values but that tolerance must now transform to acceptance, since that aspect is lacking.

“We are proud of our diversity it is a strength it is not a weakness…Guyana needs to move to a higher level. We need to graduate from tolerance to acceptance,” the President stated.

Granger affirmed that Guyana as a sovereign state support the call for interfaith harmony and as such it is enshrined in the constitution.

“The State itself has a duty to support and encourage interfaith harmony…Guyana sees interfaith harmony as an obligation and not an option,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally stated that it the religious community is one of the most strategically positioned to foster peace and harmony, and must use that position to its advantage.

“Because through religion they are captive gatherings, congregations and audiences…there is therefore tremendous potential for all of the world’s religions to promote peace and stability,” she said.

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian Juan Edghill, who was also present at the launch noted that the religious community has a serious role to play against the suicide scourge afflicting Guyanese.

“It cannot be a coincidental meeting that we meet up. We have to do some deliberate things…get into our villages and communities…Religious leaders can be doing much more in Guyana in tackling the scourge of suicide,” he stated.

“We have to identify ourselves with the problem…we can’t see the problem as somebody’s else’ problem out there…If we keep saying where the problem is and we never identify with the problem, we will never find a solution,” he added.

 

  • Emile_Mervin

    Enough with the pointless political placating platitudes!

  • Col123

    I am not sure how reliant one can be on these religious connections with governance. God already knows what we have concocted in or thoughts and certainly will leave us to make our choices. Tolerance for each other grows from respect, empathy and living with each other. Mr President , we need to move forward with viable programs to provide opportunities for the long term, with focus towards feeding and housing our communities in a safe environment. With all the fertile land awaiting cultivation from closed sugar estates, there are sufficient lands which are available for homesteading. Divide into five to ten acres lot accordingly, all the unused sugar estate lands for homesteading to farmers… Let them have access to loans for building homes..etc.. I have read that supporters of the AFC are are asking for jobs. Give them a challenge . Pig farming is a profitable option. Chicken farming, pigeon peas, black eye peas, fish..hassa farming … Create a process which can evolve into a successful program for these industrious unskilled citizens..We have the know how and the skills to put our citizens to work. The soul will move on after demise,the religious folks would preach…. and then what?…the human body rots…I say that it will profit the human being to gain something in this world ..minimally for comfort and stress reduction…because he will lose that soul anyhow you spin it…and no!..I am not an atheist.