Kenya’s Catholic bishops sued after canceling lease for Muslim-run restaurant

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The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops was sued by a tenant of their Waumini Building in Westlands, Kenya, who claimed his six-year lease was terminated on religious grounds.

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The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops was sued by a tenant of their Waumini Building in Westlands, Kenya, who claimed his six-year lease was terminated on religious grounds.

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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Waumini House is about one kilometer from the Westgate Shopping Mall, where a terrorist attack in September 2013 left 67 people dead. That attack and others in Kenya are blamed on the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab.

  • gilhcan

    No surprise, Catholic bishops everywhere continue the constant wars of one religion versus other religions and all religions against against people who disagree with them.

    Freedom of religion is the only solution, and freedom of religion absolutely included freedom from religion.

    It is so many centuries, so many millennia, past the time that we recognize and admit that because religion is so divisive, the only healthy condition in any society is to maintain an absolute separation between religion and government, between church and state, between religion and all civic enterprises.

  • gilhcan

    Locate a single place on earth where troubles among people do not have their root in religion. East, west, north, or south, now or at any time in the past, whether it is belief or non-belief, problems among people or between peoples exist because of attempted assertions of belief or against the tyranny of those belief assertions.

    The only way to peace is to follow the wisdom and inclusion in our Constitution by its Framers of a genuine separation between all religion and all government–even in the case of Greece, NY, and in the case of the religious arrogance of the Green family who sneaked into wealth with their Hobby Lobby business and were able to buy our Catholic Supreme Court.

  • LEO

    The mall was owned by an Israeli. The people in it were given questions regarding Islam and Islamic prayers, and those who could answer them were freed. The others were killed, i.e., non-Islamics. Of course, you would have to be insensitive to these factors in order to sling mud at anything Christian.
    Check out how things work in the Islamic countries because you wouldn’t dare open your mouth in dissent.

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  • Liz Levesque

    So true Leo. It was prudent of the Catholic Bishops to stop this lease. For security. But a Muslim can accuse a Christian of anything in their lands and get away from it. They can get Christians jailed, stoned, killed. lashed. hands cut off. Christians in Muslim lands remain under Pact of Omar. They are dimmi or slaves. Second rate citizens. The Catholic Bishops have every right to deny access to their conference center.

  • Rashid.M

    It’s fine to condemn the actions of those who perpetrated the mall massacre. As a Muslim I’ll join you. What’s not fine is supporting discrimination in Kenya against someone on the basis of ethnicity (Somalian), or religion (Islam). That is simply narrow minded bigotry. The, “oh but look how ‘they’ would treat you over there” defence is irrelevant. The restaurant owner in Kenya is not on trial nor answerable for what others elsewhere may or may not do.

  • Fran

    True peace worldwide can only be achieved through the millenial rule of God’s son, Jesus, from God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 11:1-10).

    That rule will be completely righteous, wise and just, compared to the corrupt, selfish and greedy governments of man.

  • Perry Stewart

    Fran, I’m sure your reply is wasted on gilhcan.

    However, what you write is true.

    In the meantime Christianity remains the most persecuted religion on earth since the mid-20th century and that stats now abound which confirm this.