Cool heads prevailed today as the Government and the Churches came to a consensus that a portion of Section 53 would be appealed by the Government while the ruling in its entirety will be challenged by the Catholic Church. It was a lengthy meeting held this morning at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel. The media was asked to be there by eleven o’clock for a press briefing but things didn’t get underway until about twelve thirty when the meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Church leaders concluded. Upon exiting the Toucan Hall, Love News spoke with Pastor Lance Lewis of the National Evangelical Association of Belize for a report on the meeting’s outcome.
Pastor Scott Stirm also spoke to Love News and expressed his satisfaction at being able to sit and ventilate their concerns. He says that he believes the protest staged on August 23 on Independence Hill may have lent to them being heard by the Prime Minister.
Pastor Victor Hernandez of the Toledo Faith Outreach Christian Centre was quite vocal at the Church protest in Belmopan some three weeks ago. Today, he says that they are not standing up only for the Church’s institutional beliefs but for many of those in society who are against Section 53.
The Church leaders then followed the Prime Minister into the conference room for the media briefing.