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Warmington in Parliament … Don't pray if you can't stick to script

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine, Everald Warmington, who has assumed the role of policing breaches of the Standing Orders, today urged parliamentarians not to volunteer to pray at the start of parliamentary proceedings if they cannot adhere to the form prescribed in the Standing Orders.

Warmington today made the suggestion after government MP, and member of parliament for Eastern St Andrew Andre Hylton remixed the form of prayer.

The words which are to be uttered as prayer are prescribed, and is contained in the Standing Orders.

The prayer says in part "… grant that, we having Thy fears always before our eyes, and laying aside all private interest, prejudices, and partial affections, the result of all our counsels may be to the glory of Thy blessed name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, the safety, honour and happiness of the Queen, the public weal peace and tranquility of the island …."

However, Hylton, like colleague MPs Raymond Pryce and Ronald Thwaites did in the past, dropped the reference to the Queen and inserted the people of Jamaica.

Warmington in rebuking Hlyton, said the Standing Orders should be respected.

He was told by senior parliamentarian Dr Peter Phillips who said "God still understands", and Pryce who said God in omnipotent.

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