Wed | Jun 19, 2019

Is JLP now the party of obeah?

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:21 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

On June 5, the attorney general tweeted the following: “I confess how awkwardly and uncomfortably I felt yesterday in the House of Parliament when I heard some utterance about the practice of obeah. Let’s be honest: here in Jamaica, obeah has always been known as a tool of the darkest form of evil that does nothing but harm to others.”

Quite predictable, the liberal social media mob attacked her for expressing her conservative opinion.

My stance is, I don’t believe in or agree with obeah. I also don’t believe in astrology, the westernised name for obeah. I strongly believe astrology in our mainstream media should be illegal, also. Hence, I hope Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte brings a bill to Parliament to ban astrology. That will put an end to arguments of fighting against ‘Africaness’, by not recognising obeah, because we can’t have Indian astrologers and even spiritual healers and readers in the mainstream while banning obeah.

When the economy is doing well, it is the social issues that win elections. The Jamaica Labour Party should know that they are likely to lose a general election because of issues like this.

We have Juliet Cuthbert Flynn on an abortion drive, Chris Tufton’s war on free market by waging a war on sugar and acid beverages, and now Delroy Chuck’s obeah stance. The Jamaica Labour Party seems like they want to be branded as the party of abortion and obeah. The JLP I love and support didn’t support those stuff historically.

TEDDYLEE GRAY

Ocho Rios, St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail.com