Fatoumatta: Regrettably, some religious leaders use or abuse their platforms to promote their political agenda or personal hatred towards certain politicians and political parties. Moreover, certain clerics’ uncouth political rhetorical statements are unbecoming of a religious leader. A spiritual leader is supposed to be a personification of temperance, circumspection, self-control, and civility in his public utterances.
I am always against religious leaders getting involved with partisan politics and politicians. When the relationship goes sour, it may lead to damaging outcomes that harm their credibility. A porn star or a scrubber may have nothing to lose if she fights politicians. Still, religious leaders have a lot to lose if the fight goes dirty, especially if the politicians believe you are not deserting them or attacking them out of principles.
The open involvement of Revered Father Lopez Ba kawsu Fofana, Imam Ceesay, Imam Sonko, Musa Boto Saidy Lassana Dino Hydara and others and those Hydara folks in partisan politics is potentially problematic from the start. They publicly not only endorsed candidates, but they also campaigned for or canvassed votes for them.
Despite the alleged bribery scandals, diplomatic passport racketeering, and hate speech broadcast on social media. Now can you imagine how their aides will go after them with every weapon in their arsenal to destroy their credibility?
To pray that God should not give for what he aspires for goes beyond preaching to spread knowledge and prevent divisive political times and toxic politics. You cannot be a preacher and be playing politics. So likewise, a religious leader should not drag his innocent followers into his poisonous politics and radicalized evangelicalism. No man can claim to control the key to God’s favor. Furthermore, God will not answer malicious prayers influenced by politics.
If a man did not offend you or treat you unjustly, it is wrong to wish him ill. Besides, religious clerics should live by example by showing charity even towards their enemies, much fewer people who did not offend them. Using religion to pursue a political agenda is an abuse of platform and public trust.
Of course, religious leaders are entitled to vote like every other citizen. However, once they begin to endorse candidates, they will divide their followers and their countries. This is because their followers include supporters of different parties, and they cannot endorse candidates without dividing those supporters.
Fatoumatta: Active partisan romance with politicians is potentially damaging to the credibility of religious leaders. Today we have United Democratic Party and National People’s Party Imams and Essa Faal Pastors and Citizen Alliance, and other tangal cheeb party Islamic clerics in the country. It got so bad that if you do not belong to their chosen party or the endorsed candidate, you are treated as an infidel. So if you find yourself messed up by politicians, you are not a victim; you are a culprit.