All Religious Groups in Agreement: Christian Holidays Should Not be Removed
Cape Town Hearings
At The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) hearings in Cape Town, representatives from Christian, Muslim, Khoisan and Business groups present agreed that Good Friday and Christmas should not be removed as public holidays. The Christian group also felt very strongly about bringing back Ascension Day. Christians for Truth reported the same from the Durban hearings.
The CRL tasked participants from each religion to get into groups and come up with a consensus regarding religious holidays.
There were no Jewish, Hindu or Traditional African Religion representatives present at the Cape Town hearings.
Abraham Warren from Christians for Truth reminded the floor that “the religion of secular humanism is unfairly favoured by government with at least 9 public holidays being clearly humanist.”
The CRL CEO, Adv PS Moreroa stated that “this is not an attack on Christians” and that the purpose of the hearings was to “listen to all the views represented to determine whether there is discrimination or not; and if there is discrimination whether such discrimination is fair or unfair.”
Once all the provincial hearings have been held, the CRL will compile all the responses and present them to Parliament. The CRL hopes to have completed the country-wide hearings by the end of July. From there, Parliament will possibly need to review and change the Public Holidays Act (1994).
Despite these assurances, we do believe however, that Christians should remain on the alert, as there are secular humanists in South Africa with a clear agenda to obliterate our Christian Heritage and advance their culture of secularisation.
Rethink Secular Holidays
A representative from the Cape Chamber of Commerce stated that “we need a complete re-think on the amount of public holidays in South Africa. We have far more public holidays then most other countries in the world. We cannot afford to add any more holidays… that would be detrimental to our economy.”
Some Christians felt that some of the meaningless and hypocritical secular humanist public holidays such as Human Rights Day or Women’s Day could be removed. They stated that these are meaningless because the most innocent and helpless people, pre-born babies, are not given their most basic right - the Right to Life; and women are not protected from the exploitative pornography and prostitution industries.
“Contend earnestly for the Faith which was once for all delivered to the saints…” Jude 3 – 4