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Al Miller on the wrong road

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM


It was so disappointing to read the Rev Al Miller's piece 'Sovereignty, death penalty, and justice' in The Sunday Gleaner of May 29, 2016.

Holding an opinion on the death penalty is one thing, deadly though that might be. However, it is unfortunate that he used this as an opportunity to bash human-rights groups, which have accomplished much for our people over the years.

Our national heroes are among some of our most significant symbols when it comes to upholding human rights. Our first protectors of human rights are to be our political servants. The role and function of human-rights defenders must, of necessity, be guarded as sacrosanct!


Too many of the voices within the Church are full of venom and forked tongues. Too many fence sitters continue to remain silent in the face of injustice. Plenty of prejudice and corruption continues while some airy-fairy demon gets the blame.

It is time that we unite around building a safer, kinder, more hospitable Jamaica with foundation stones of righteousness, peace, and love.

Jesus the Christ was a victim of the death penalty. Might his being a victor through resurrection inspire us to move beyond this culture of death and murder! We teach peace and love by being agents of peace and love.

When I heard the minister of national security speak of revising the death penalty, I immediately recognised it as tongue in cheek, since I refuse to believe that the Government has already run out of ideas!

Oh, that the Church and the nation would unite around human rights for all.

Rev Miller, let us not silence our agents of human rights in Jamaica.


Anglican Priest