Senegalese MP calls for action against desecration
It is worrying that many places of worship, particularly churches, have been desecrated in Senegal in recent years, says a Christian parliamentarian
Toussaint Manga, a Senegalese Christian parliamentarian, has challenged Minister for the Interior and Public Security, Ali Ngouille Ndiaye, on the issue of desecration of places of worship.
“I am concerned about the recurring desecration of churches,” he said during discussion of the ministry budget. “I am calling on the Senegalese government to take strong measures against those who attempt to desecrate churches.”
Manga noted that Senegal is a model in terms of Muslim-Christian dialogue.
“We cannot allow people with bad intentions to damage that image,” he said.
Many instances of desecration of Catholic places of worship in Senegal have already occurred.
The most recent took place at Kaolock in the Centre region on Oct. 24 when a man entered St. Theophilus Cathedral and damaged two statues inside, claiming that Catholics are pagans.
A Catholic church in Mbao in the Diocese of Dakar was profaned by unknown persons in May 2017. In March 2016, Muslim and Catholic cemeteries were desecrated at Rufisque and Pikine in the same diocese.
Over the course of a single month from March 15 to April 15, 2014, seven instances of burglary and desecration, particularly of tabernacles, were recorded in various churches of the Diocese of Ziguinchor but no culprits were identified.
In 2013, Mary Immaculate church at Parcelles Assainies in Dakar experienced a similar attack when a young man who had apostasized entered the church in a bid to smash statues.
In the wake of the desecration of the Kaolack catheral, many Catholics have called on the government to strengthen security at their worship sites.
Charles Senghor, Dakar
Source : la-croix.com