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NCU employee decries sanctioning of 'PNP pastor'

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 3:28 AM
“It is time to rise up and be counted. Step up Jamaicans, rise up Comrades and rally to the cause. Because if it is a mountain we can climb it, if it’s a race we can win it," charged Harvey on at the People’s National Party (PNP) mass rally in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew in January.

An administrator at the Seventh-day Adventist Church-owned Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is accusing the institution of hypocrisy over the recent sanctioning of Pastor Michael Harvey for appearing on a political platform in January endorsing the People's National Party. 

According to the administrative assistant in the Division of Spiritual Affairs at NCU, Una Morris, the university and its church went overboard in punishing Dr Harvey. 

READ: No! No! – Adventist Church distances self from PNP pastor's comments

In a statement to the media, Morris said the NCU and the church were not treating Dr Harvey as a member of the Seventh-day Adventist family despite his error. 

According to her, a family should heal, soothe, forgive and restore a fallen member.

However, the NCU employee said that is not being done in the case of Dr Harvey, a situation she labels as hypocrisy. 

Harvey, the vice-president in charge of spiritual affairs at NCU was this month stripped of his position as a senior pastor at the NCU Church, one month after he was placed on administrative leave.

The Seventh-day Church had accused him of breaching global policies which bar pastors from making public partisan statements.