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Church has role in lawmaking

Published:Wednesday | October 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: In a letter published Tuesday, October 21, 2014 titled 'Keep Church out of legislation', the writer, Yohan Lee, states that the Church should have no say in the passing of legislation. This notion is unequivocally wrong.

The Church is an agent of socialisation and is responsible for teaching the values of a society. Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) is a combination of churches that lobby the Government in defence of biblical values.

All the churches that either support or are members of the JCHS have congregations of ordinary Jamaican citizens. Is the writer saying that these people have no legal right to discuss human rights? One of the main pillars of any democratic country is the right of all citizens to be represented and be heard, which includes the passing of laws, and policymaking.

The writer states morality has no standing in the framing of legislation when, in fact, he could not be farther from the truth. The writer has forgotten that the basis of all laws in every country around the world has foundations in the Church.