Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tanzania’s Christians Unhappy About Push to Join Islamic Body


[CNS News] 28 Oct 2008--A top Christian body in Tanzania is calling on the country’s foreign minister to resign for promoting a move to join the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Foreign Minister Bernard Membe at the weekend said in a radio interview that he would not stand down, saying he had done nothing wrong and that no decision on OIC membership had yet been taken.

The Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) late last week made the resignation demand after Membe confirmed that the government was looking at the possibility of joining OIC, a grouping of 56 countries that has stoked controversy in recent years with attempts at the U.N. to outlaw the “defamation” of Islam – a move critics say threatens freedom of expression.

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