Atheists protest state-sponsored European tour for gospel musicians
Atheists in Kenya (AIK) now want the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to cancel a state-sponsored tour to Europe for gospel musicians on grounds that it only favored Christians.
In a press release on Tuesday, the group faulted the ministry for sponsoring only Christian musicians for the tour and excluding artistes from other faiths.
“The tour which is meant to showcase Kenya’s culture, goes against the spirit of our constitution, which establishes Kenya as a secular and religiously diverse nation,” read part of the statement signed by Harrison Mumia, the group’s president.
It further threatened to petition Parliament to probe the ministry over misuse of taxpayers money.
The group wants the ministry to re-constitute the travelling party by including members of other faiths.
The group raised concern that the State has in the recent past treated Christianity with privilege.
“The state should end the marginalisation of atheists and members of other religions through the acts of institutional religious discrimination,” they said.