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BISHOP ZAC NIRINGIYE | Tuliyambala Engule: Bishop speaks out after Pastors form attack brigades

Retired assistant Anglican Bishop of Kampala, Dr Zac Niringiye

By Bishop Zac Niringiye

When I first listened to this song, it struck chords within my faith and longing for a new Uganda.

I have been surprised at pastors who have recently distanced themselves from the song, because of its political message!

I wonder though, what these pastors would say about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, whose progress was anchored in Christian songs, with a clear message of hope for freedom and dignity. (And I bet they sometimes refer to Martin Luther King Jr in their sermons). Their hope was inspired by faith and their songs everywhere propelled them in their journey to freedom from slavery and oppression. Take the music away from the civil rights struggle in America, and I don’t know what you will be left with.

When pastors deny the efficacy of faith-inspired music, they undermine their credibility and the role that faith must play in fighting for a Uganda that’s free of oppression

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Bishop Zac Niringiye is the retired Assistant Anglican Bishop of Kampala

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