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JUTC running ads against preaching on buses

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer
JUTC bus

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is currently running advertisements in the media, appealing to lay preachers who attempt to win souls on the state-run buses to discontinue the practice.

JUTC's Communications Manager Cecil Thoms told The Gleaner yesterday that it is not the first attempt at getting the preachers to comply with the request, but they have never put out ads on the issue before.

"We have other public messages in the media about other issues, but we have actually upped our marketing and public relations campaign against preaching," Thoms said. "We have been receiving several complaints from our commuters that they have a challenge with persons disturbing them when they are tired coming from work.

"We are not against winning souls for Christ, but we are against them doing it on our buses. If we allow Christians to engage in this practice, should we not allow Rastafarians, Muslims and other groups to preach on the bus? We are asking that they not do it," Thoms said.

He explained that the ads are also in an attempt to prevent conflict on the buses.

"Sometimes, because of how these lay preachers behave, they end up in arguments with some of the commuters. We don't want that," declared Thoms. "When people have had a long day at work, they really do not want to be bombarded with people shouting and carrying on," he said.