Regarding the Nov. 11 article “Ozawa lashes out with scathing remarks on Christianity“: As a pastor of a local church, I would like to share some of my thoughts on Democratic Party of Japan secretary general Ichiro Ozawa’s comments. Although I have great respect for Ozawa’s political skills, I believe his scathing remarks about Christianity are untrue and unbefitting a man of his political stature.
As a politician, Ozawa has a responsibility to uphold Article 20 of the Japanese Constitution, which states: “No religious organization shall receive any privileges from the state or exercise any political authority. No person shall be compelled to take part in any religious acts. The state and its organs shall refrain from religious education or any other religious activity.” Under this article, Ozawa — as an influential member of state organs — is obliged to refrain from religious activity, which includes a public denunciation of Christianity.
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