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Watch your tongue... Adventist leader wants politicans about personal attacks

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

As Jamaica and its two major political parties prepare for a general election that is constitutionally due this year, the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is warning political leaders to watch their tongue on the campaign trail.

"The administration of the Union calls upon all our political leaders to keep the campaign rhetoric clear from personal attack that fuels unethical tension and embarrassing dispositions between opponents," Pastor Everette Brown said.

"Caustic behaviour by leaders towards opponents is usually reflected, rebutted, and retaliated [against] by followers, to the level where fury materialises in fights, and fights into fatalities. Let us not be weighed in the balance and found wanting," Brown said.

The church leader's warning was made in the presence of Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, who is the member of parliament (MP) for Central Manchester, and Audley Shaw, the North East Manchester MP.

Brown was speaking at the service of installation and consecration of the newly elected officers and directors of Jamaican Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists at the Mandeville Adventist Church on Sunday. He was installed as president after being re-elected for a second five-year term on December 2, 2015.

"I wish to restate for our workers, members and the public at large the stated position of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica regarding this delicate matter of our support for one political party or another," said Brown.

"The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not support any political party. It is the right of our members, as citizens, to exercise their franchise and vote for the candidates of their choice, but the church will not publicly or privately endorse any political party or support partisan political activities," Brown added.