Keep religion free from regulation in South Africa
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On 26 October 2016, the CRL Rights Commission released its Preliminary Report on the “Commercialisation” of Religion and Abuse of People’s Belief Systems. The Report recommends the regulation of religious institutions and religious practitioners in South Africa.
The proposals contained in the CRL Report represent an unacceptable erosion of your rights to freedom of religion and association guaranteed by the South African Constitution. It is not for the State, or any other body, to decide which religions qualify as a "religion", or to sit as "judge" over the doctrines of religious institutions, and decide whether they can operate.
While the Commission has valid concerns regarding isolated incidents taking place in the name of faith, through the enforcement of existing legislation, education and provision of resources, we believe there are viable alternative solutions to every problem the Commission has identified.
We as the faith community of South Africa have a right to remain free to believe, teach, preach and live out our religious convictions and beliefs, without the control and interference of the State. The State should respect and help protect our constitutional right to freedom of religion and association.
If you agree, join us by signing this petition where we call upon:
- the CRL Commission to review and re-consider their recommendations, to ensure that freedom of religion is protected and respected; and
- the Government to ensure that the existing laws are enforced upon those who perpetrate abuses under the guise of religion.
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