Thu | Jul 18, 2019

Letter of the Day | Of obeah, abortion and civil law

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:12 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

So, Prophetess Almarie Campbell of Tarrant Baptist Church is going to bring fire and destruction on the Parliament and parliamentarians. This because they propose to repeal a law (the Obeah Act) that was first enacted to suppress West African religious practices, which was meant to entrench the evil institution of slavery that has however proven impossible to subsume over the centuries.

Maybe she and others should use their prayers and utterances to pray and speak for the end to modern-day slavery and exploitation happening right in our midst. Have they noticed?

It is the same way we demonise abortion and try and put in exceptions to assuage our collective conscience. I can guarantee that for the majority of women who have come to this decision, it is one of the hardest things they ever do: it is not what some make it out to be – born out of careless sex. Ask the married women who have had to do it too.

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born, but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.” Sister Joan Chittister, OSB (2015). https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/7/30/1407166/-Catholic-Nun-Explain....

Maybe we need to pass a law that requires men to always wear condoms, unless the woman consents to conceiving.

NO FEAR

If the pastors had faith in what they teach about Christianity, they would have no fear in their hearts for these practices being made legal. Their utterances have proven to be damningly unchristian – no sense of tolerance or love.

It is the reason why I have ­questioned those who spring up from day to day calling themselves prophets and pastors, but with no formal study or understanding of the scripture.

We need to pass a law requiring those persons to be qualified and certified to enjoy the benefits accrued to those who spend the time to study and understand. Any understanding of the scripture shows that Jesus himself, as ‘human’, was not born with full knowledge, but spent the formative years of his life in study of the books of the Torah.

Civil law is about protecting and making parameters so that we can function as a society, not to cater for the exclusion of some and inclusion of others. I might suggest on that matter that the Government pass a law that requires taxes of churches, but on the condition that they show proper use to help their fellow man in need and not just themselves.

Laws of inclusion and accountability for all.

Colin McDonald B Ed

(The Mico)

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