UPDATE (Jan. 6, 7:45 a.m.) — Haiti’s Ministry of Worship has banned Amel Lafleur from taking part in all “ministerial and pastoral” activities for five years, the government agency announced in an open letter to Lafleur.
The agency’s ruling is based on a 1978 decree that condemns all activities that disturb order and threaten a sense of public morality in church. The letter also states that the church's — Église de Dieu Indépendante de la Porte Étroite de Delmas 33 (Independent Church of God of the Righteous Portal of Delmas 33) — executive committee has to name an interim pastor by Jan. 9.
The Ministry of Worship added that Lafleur's actions violated "modesty and good morals" in front of members of his church.
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