Goa church asked define secularism

April 2, 2014 by  
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Goa ChurchPanaji, April 1, 2014: A political party in Goa wants the Catholic Church to define “secularism” after some politicians allegedly began to interpret in their favor a Church appeal to elect those who support secularism.

The Goa Su-raj Party (GSRP) says the Church’s message “is being misconstrued by some national political parties to be a candid support to their candidates.”

“Therefore, it is important for the Catholic Church to define secularism,” founding president, GSRP, Floriano Lobo, said in a press note.

“Political parties such as Congress have been pulling the wool over the eyes of the voters in Goa for years together with talks and claims on being a secular party,” it said.

It said Goa witnessed at least two communal riots under Congress rule. On the national stage too, Congress party has divided India on religious grounds, it alleged. “There is no doubt that past history shows BJP as communal, but it also shows Congress as non-secular,” said Lobo.

Catholics form 27 percent of Goa’s 1.5 million people and Church wields considerable influence among Catholics. It pastoral letter asked people to vote for “secular” candidates.

In a veiled reference to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, it said the Lok Sabha election campaign is titled in favor of one individual to make it look like a Presidential contest.

Reports say since Church’s call to support “secular candidates” every party including the BJP has been claiming that they stand for secularism in the country.

– times of india

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