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Religion, politics a bad mix—Rowley

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Prime Minister Keith Rowley address members of the media during a press conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s yesterday. PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says it is a dangerous argument to propagate that if law enforcement comes and investigates a matter or apprehends a citizen, “that person could invoke their religion and say it is because of my religion why this action is being taken against them.”

If the country begins to go down that road, Rowley said it could result in a point of no return.

A similar position adopted by senior legal advisor Nafeesa Mohammed, the cousin of one of the people detained, led to her sacking from the Office of the Prime Minister.

Speaking during a People’s National Movement meeting in La Horquetta on Thursday, Rowley said he knew people who have gone down that path but have turned it around.

He said he had seen in other countries where one group of Christians wanted to kill another group of Christian children, who had to be escorted to their kindergarten school by soldiers.

“That is what religion does when you bring it in politics. I would tell you something, nobody in this country is above the law.

“If the security services have information that you have criminal intent or created criminal conduct, you are opened to the security services to protect the rest of the country regardless whether you are Muslim, Hindu, Christian or Baptist…you are a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Rowley told citizens that in our time of difficulty, they should not listen to people who seek to make mischief and create 15 minutes of fame to peddle foolishness. The PM said we have to hold our security forces to the highest standards and to give them what we can afford.

“However, he said all citizens also have the full protection of the Constitution and can seek legal redress in court.


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