Peru declares 31 October ‘Day Of Evangelical Churches’
The Congress voted to pass the motion to commemorate the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
Protestante Digital, El Comercio de Perú · LIMA · 25 OCTOBER 2017 · 09:49 CET
The Congress of the Republic of Peru (its national parliament) passed the declaration of the 31 October as the ‘Day Of Evangelical Churches In Peru”, after a brief debate.
The proposal was brought to the parliament by the Comission of Culture, through its President, Maria Cristina Melgarejo Paucar, who defended the project as a national way of commoemorating the Protestant Reformation.
“This is needed because of the population [of evangelical Christians], around 3 million people”, the congresswoman said. Other members of parliament opposed the motion, claiming that the State is secular and therefore a wider debate was needed to approve such a declaration.
Héctor Becerril, another congressman, said there was no reason to stop the motion, and repiled to the opposition: “You have every right to create a day of the agnostic, or a day of the atheist, just write your project and present it”.
The ‘Day Of Evangelical Churches In Peru” was passed with 60 ‘yes’ votes, seven ‘no’ and five abstentions.