A petition calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to publicly support Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s constitutional right to express his Christian views on Israel garnered more than 30 000 signatures in six days, said Vivienne Myburgh national director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, South Africa branch (ICEJ SA).
The petition sponsors, ICEJ SA, Bridges For Peace SA and South African Friends of Israel hope to reach over 100 000 signatures and to present the petition to Ramaphosa within the next month.
Many churches, leaders and organisations are endorsing the petition, including the ACDP, Angus Buchan and Christian Consensus in SA.
“The petition has gained good traction but we need to continue challenging each other to add their voice to the call on our president to support our Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s right to express his religious beliefs.
“If we do not speak out now, we will be tacitly allowing the next level of undermining of our religious freedom.
“We as Christians need to unite if we want to have a strong voice. Only if each one shares the petition and encourages others to do the same, can we make a strong statement.
“We are also strongly appealing to church leaders and pastors to support this initiative and to stand together by bringing all their members on board so that our Christian voice is heard!” said Myburgh.
The petition was launched on July 1 in response to attacks on Mogoeng by the ANC and other political groups over remarks the chief justice made during a recent webinar hosted by The Jerusalem Post newspaper. During an online prayer conference on Friday Mogoeng defended his remarks and said he would not give in to demands to retract his words or apologise for them.
If you haven’t signed the petition yet you can sign online by clicking on this link: http://chng.it/hZK2HC2D4K
You can also support the campaign by sharing the petition again on Facebook, WhatsApp or other social media. And you can speak to people about the petition and help them to sign up if necessary, said Myburgh.
“Not to speak is to speak and not to act is to act!” — Deitrich Bonhoeffer