Dick's unbalanced report
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Reverend Devon Dick's 'Father, wash your wife's feet, too' (The Gleaner, January 8, 2015) is not only a representative of when the Devil quotes scriptures to support forced sex or rape in martial relationships, but also a misrepresentation of the Liturgy in Celebration of Human Rights Day at Christ Church.
Mr Dick wrote:"Major-Campbell's version of justice seems unbalanced. He would report his wife apparently to the police for raping him, but ladies who sell sex would not be reported, though it is a criminal offence. Why couldn't Father forgive his wife and wash her feet after she has raped him rather than bring criminal charges against her?"
This came just after saying, "The title of his speech was 'Something wrong with your version of God'. The occasion was a public worship service to which he had invited ladies who sell sex, with the intention to wash their feet."
Now if the goodly gentleman had asked for a copy of the liturgy used, he would have read the following excerpt from the service in celebration of human rights that states, "Fr Sean washes the feet of ... a Jamaican citizen who is a sex worker.
"The Church maintains that everyone is special in the sight of God. It recognises that the inherent dignity of every human being should be respected. The Church has always been concerned that sex work is not only risky, but by its nature and attendant stigma and discrimination, puts all concerned in a demeaning state, robbing them of their fuller self-worth as persons created in the image of God.
"We reach out in love to all sex workers, affirming that they are deserving of respect and protection from violence and discrimination. We pray for a Jamaica where our people will be so developed that none have to encounter such challenging ways of being."
If that is unbalanced, then the God worshipped by Christians is certainly unjust.
We continue to pray for Jamaica; that justice, truth, be ours forever.
Dudley C. McLean