We will not have it!
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I was surprised to hear the news of the minister of justice’s proposal to repeal the obeah law in Jamaica. The obeah law was passed in 1898 and remains in force, with a few minor amendments. This act seeks to make the possession of instruments of obeah and anything used or intended to be used by a person claiming to have supernatural powers or occult illegal.
For many, obeah is known to be the practice of witchcraft, which has been illegal for years within the Jamaica society despite several advertisements on television and radio of services by obeah practitioners.
Speaking from a Christian perspective, it is a step in the wrong direction to even think of repealing the Obeah Act. Speaking from a moral perspective, this step is a destruction of the fabric of society. It is no secret that many within our country indulge in such practices and even suffer at the hand of such practices.
Repealing such a law can only destroy the society and breed more criminals within our country.
For months, and even years, we have heard that this Government is not serious about fighting crime within our country. Based on this pronouncement, I am now convinced that this government is far from serious.
I am making an appeal to the minister of justice and the government to retract from doing such act and repent. “If my people that are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chron 7:14.
The very thought is wicked, much less to want to change the law. If this government seeks to go ahead with repealing the law, mark my words, it will be the end of this government, and judgement will be upon this land.
I am urgently appealing to all Christians and moral-minded individuals of Jamaica to resist such a move by the government. I will be praying and fasting that our leaders will repent before God’s judgement is poured out upon them, and I am calling on others to do the same. We will not stand back and allow 63 members to destroy our society by repealing laws that protect Christian principles and a healthy society.
Minister of Religion