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Why defend obeah rights, Rev Dick?

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I find it paradoxical that a Christian pastor, the Rev Devon Dick, could be advocating in his article published in your edition of January 29, 2015 for the right to practise obeah in the name of religious liberty, while in the same breath invoking the caveat, "providing no one is harmed by these practices".

I was born and raised in Jamaica and I never heard of anyone going to see an obeah man to seek blessing for his neighbour. Every mention of a visit to the obeah man was always out of evil motives, such as to bring harm to others and to set back their progress.

Isn't the practice of obeah a form of witchcraft that is strictly forbidden by the Christian Bible, together with the worship of ancestral spirits in which much of African religions are firmly rooted and grounded?