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Children’s lobby group calls for convention boycott

Published:Friday | August 14, 2009 | 8:43 AM

The lobby group Hear the Children’s Cry is calling for a boycott on a religious convention being hosted by a pastor who is now on sexual offence charges.

International pastor, the Reverend Dr Paul Lewis, is spearheading the convention called the Gathering of the Prophets.

Other international pastors are also scheduled to attend the event, which starts today in Kingston and next week in Montego Bay.

Dr Lewis is on charges of carnal abuse involving a 15 year old Westmoreland girl and indecent assault involving a 14 year old girl.

The pastor is currently on a $1 million bail and is barred from leaving Jamaica before his next court hearing on September 4 in Westmoreland.

Betty-Ann Blaine, the convenor of the group Hear the Children’s Cry, said it’s inappropriate for Dr Lewis to be part of the convention amid the allegations.