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Song reference not intended to incite violence

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In one of the Week of Prayer exercises at the Eastern Regional Campus of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) recently, I made reference to a song, done by Buju Banton, which gave the impression that I, along with the institution and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, hate persons of same-sex orientation. We do not. Further, neither myself, NCU, nor the Seventh-day Adventist Church supports violence against anyone or any group.

I, therefore, unequivocally apologise to anyone who has been offended by my comments. The aim of the message and the intent in making any reference was never to incite hate or violence. In the circumstances, I withdraw my reference to the song.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognises that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus.

As a Seventh-day Adventist, I have been taught the greatest appreciation for the rights and freedoms of all, even where there are divergent views.

I, therefore, affirm both the university's ethos and the church's belief in love and non-violence being manifested to all.

We hold that all people, no matter what their sexual orientation, are children of God. We do not condone singling out any group for scorn and derision, let alone abuse or violence.

Omar Oliphant

Pastor