63 percent of Kenyans consider Freedom of Worship to be “at Risk”

Kenya is believed to have more than 80% of its population profess or identify as Christians. As much as the larger population is predominantly Christian this still does not make Kenya a Christian nation. A Christian state is defined as a country that recognizes a form of Christianity as its official religion. At times the church is supported by the government and it supports the government, with the Vatican and Timor Leste becoming examples of such states.

As much as Kenya is a secular nation that acknowledges a “supreme being” in the constitution. It is still unclear who this “Supreme Being” is as all religions identify and claim this being that is represented in the constitution as their “God”.

In the current electioneering period “Faith has become the new tribalism.” In a recent interview with Family Radio 316, Apostle Satvinder said politicians are now using the faith element to woo voters.

We have seen in past elections that they have used tribalism and Kenyans have really tried to fight the “demon” of tribalism. They feel tribalism is what sparked violence in the last elections. Hence, they now had to pick something else, and then they went to the faith part,” she said.

Appearing on the same program, Pastor Allan Kepha, reiterated that the approach to using faith as a political tool is wrong, but there is nothing wrong with politics.

In a poll conducted by FamilyNews.Today, based on some utterances some political leaders have made regarding religion, 63% of the respondents stated that they feel Freedom of Worship is at risk in the country.

Fred Njiri, the host of Crosstalk on Family Radio 316, tackled this topic in this podcast:



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