Dakar, 02 March, 2022 / 8:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Senegal’s National Laity Council (CNL) has demanded a “public apology” from a Muslim leader, Imam Serigne Lamine Sall, over his “blasphemous and offensive remarks” made on a private TV channel about the Catholic faith.
On February 24, Imam Lamine Sall who was a guest on Walfadjri TV reportedly said, “Who can hear, every Sunday, people who say that God has a son, they are Catholics, they are not believers.”
He added: “If we can accept that unbelievers call for prayer every Sunday and have the right to do so, we can accept the Freemasons because it's the same.”
In a Monday, February 28 letter addressed to Senegal’s Interior Ministry that manages places of worship and the Council for the Regulation of Broadcasting (CNRA), CNL officials condemn the “blasphemous and offensive remarks made against the national Catholic community and, beyond during the program Diné Ak Jamono of Thursday, 24 February 2022.”
“Mr. Sall, in his remarks, equated our religion with Freemasonry, and made blasphemous remarks about our faith. He has purely and simply attacked the foundations of our belief,” CNL officials further say in the statement shared with ACI Africa.