Seeds of hatred are a consequence of fundamentalism
Malta’s Equality Minister has warned of the dangers of religious fundamentalism as the country reels over outrageous comments made following the brutal murder of Polish national Paulina Dembska.
“It’s easy to say whatever you want, but the consequences are there,” Owen Bonnici said on yesterday’s Pjazza show on ONE.
âAnd the consequences of fundamentalism are the seeds of hatred, and what this priest said is serious. There is a line that cannot be crossed, a line of hate speech, that is unacceptable – and that line has been crossed. “
âI urge the authorities to take action on this and make the decision they need to take. “
Since Bonnici’s public call, a number of other politicians, including Minister of Inclusion Julia Farrugia Portelli, have urged Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa to investigate the public statements of Tory priest Father David Muscat.
Since yesterday, Muscat has been called to the police depot as police investigate him, and he has received a formal warning from the Archbishop of Malta who may prohibit him from performing his ministry in public in the future.
“The purpose of his remarks was to incite a kind of negative feeling towards a minority in this country,” Bonnici said. ” This is unacceptable. There is no place for it in our society. These words crossed the line.
Pjazza host Karl Stagna Navarra added that the comment was one of the biggest atrocities he had heard of in this country.
You can watch the full interview on Pjazza below:
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