Published: 2021-06-05 19:50
Last Updated: 2021-06-12 12:38
Saturday, His Eminence, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, and the president of Jordan Churches Council, Christoforos Atallah, received the Chairman of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), Yousef Shawarbeh.
The meeting came to discuss the statement issued by the GAM on Jordan’s Independence Day, which sparked controversy across Jordan.
On May 25, the GAM put banners across Amman in celebration of Jordan’s Independence Day. The banners had words quoted from the Bible on them, which many individuals took issue with.
In turn, the municipality affirmed that it will not allow the publication of expressions that affect religion, values or public morals, and that it will not put out banners for associations or any other party. The GAM also told Roya that these banners included phrases that were not approved.
But these statements, too, sparked controversy.
A Jordanian activist, Zaid Nabulsi, questioned how a phrase quoted from the Bible offends the prevailing morals in Jordanian society.
Other individuals said that in Jordan, Christians and Muslims are brothers, and such statements by an official organization are not allowed.
During the meeting, Shawarbeh apologized to all the Jordanians on behalf of the GAM. He said that the GAM respects all religions and does not accept insult to any religion.