Prayer not helping Rev Dick
is a Jamaican?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
SometimeS I have to question who should be considered a Jamaican. Last year, 'The Voice' had our little island cheering on Tessanne Chin. Fans would rush home to view the show, which was then aired on our local television so that everyone could get a glimpse of her performances.
Tessanne, already a big local star, was further supported, and every Jamaican took part, even using voting methods that, unknown to us, were unregistered. Our Facebook pages were flooded with Tessanne's pictures.
This year, Anita Antoinette took the stage and represented Jamaica as her homeland. Whether or not Anita still resides on our island doesn't determine if she is still a Jamaican.
We, as citizens, have claimed numerous persons who have left Jamaica years ago and who have been highlighted in the countries in which they now live as extraordinary citizens. Let us take, for instance, the first black police chief in Canada, Devon Clunis.
We need to stop and think about how we treat persons who have migrated and are excelling. We are too quick to accept those who have already been accepted by other countries and fail to acknowledge and support those who are trying. We can't be that biased.
Anita deserved our full support and we failed her. To the few persons who went all out to give her some votes - thumbs up, you are true Jamaicans.
Outameni was not bought
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Simple question: What justification do the media, various public bodies and the public have for referring to the current cass-cass as the 'Outameni' transaction?
The National Housing Trust, rightly or wrongly, has purchased a property - Orange Grove. It has clearly not purchased - not as yet, anyway - a failed, defunct theatrical production called 'Outameni', which, once upon a time, operated out of buildings on the Orange Grove property.
One of my favourite World War II movies was titled The Man Who Never Was. This strikes me as the 'Outameni' transaction that never was ... and may never be.
ERROL W.A. TOWNSHEN
You must be born again!
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Annette Johnson, in a
letter ('Boyne does disservice with extremism') published in The Gleaner of Tuesday, November 25, commented strongly on Ian Boyne's approach to marital rape. I do not intend to join this debate, but rather to examine briefly something else she wrote in that letter.
In reference to Boyne, she wrote: "... [T]he world view he often expounds is irrationally loyal to one specific version of Christianity - the born-again Christianity based on the age-old formula of Evangelicals ... ." (Emphases mine)
A simple quote from the third chapter of the Gospel of John should allow all readers - Christians and non-Christians - to examine these things for themselves: "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.' Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ... Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again,' (John 3:1-3 and 7; New King James Version).
Ms Johnson, the Evangel, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the One whose name provides the root for the word 'evangelical'. It is He, confronted by an enquirer who hid from his peers and came by night, Who declared that a man must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God! As much as Ian Boyne is said to be a 'well-read' journalist, he did not come up with an 'age-old' formula. There are no 'versions' of Christianity, just the one way declared by the Saviour Himself!
Ms Johnson, I humbly ask that you think again, as your
letter reveals the thought processes of one who both thinks and writes well.
PATRICK H. GRANT
THE EDITOR, Sir:
In any civilised democracy, sustainable development can only take place if there is a predictable and transparent framework of rules and public-private institutions existing for the conduct of business within the confines of law and order.
Most successful democracies, both in the developed and developing world, have in common a predictable, transparent, open and enlightened policy, together with an executive arm of government that is held accountable for its actions. Not so in Jamaica!
If Jamaica is to extricate itself out of this governance deficit, it has to engage the citizens in a participatory framework and public affairs, where all members of the public, inclusive of government officials, agents and agencies, act under the rule of law.
Jamaica, over the years, has been experiencing governance issues, as is evidenced by the frequent scandals that have besieged governments over the years.
The economic health and social well-being of any country is directly proportional to the scale of the governance deficit, as it affects the ability of the country to achieve economic growth, crime prevention, poverty reduction and conformity to the rule of law.
Duanvale PO, Trelawny
not helping Rev Dick
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Admittedly, my piece, 'Prayer is pointless' (November 6, 2014), will have absolutely no effect on Christian minds. Pews will be filled with worshippers as customary, and Rev Devon Dick will still have a job. Believers have no need for healthy scepticism.
Tell a Christian that Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Harry Potter exist and he will laugh you to scorn. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bedside was written by an invisible, unproven deity, who will punish him with eternal fire if he fails to accept its every incredible claims, and he requires no evidence.
Is prayer pointless in regards to healing chik-V sufferers? Dick suggested ('Prayer's purpose, November 20, 2014) that I should have done an experiment to support my case. But is an experiment really necessary? With prayers emanating throughout the land, the nation is STILL limping, let alone healed. Clearly prayers are not healing.
Dick mentions that "prayer is to discern the will of God for the common good, others and ourselves". What is the common good? Is it God granting a sunny wedding day for a prospective bride or rain for 100 local farmers on the same day in answer to their prayers. It's tough being God.
Rev Dick is considerate.
"I prayed that Lowe writes more reasoned and reasonable articles on religion, and if there is an improvement in his writings, then we can say prayer works again." Dick presumably prays to God to improve his writing. Judging from his present offering, he definitely needs to pray harder.