ICAR to discuss dreadlocks controversy!

The Chairman of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari Incorporated (ICAR), Michael “Bongo Jahba” Andrew, has spoken out on a current controversy over the shaving of dreadlocked prison inmates.

Two of this country’s most notorious murder convicts, Kim John and Francis Phillip, are reported to have complained to their Attorney that their dreadlocks were cut.

The Attorney has asserted that the move is a violation of the men’s human rights and their right to practice their Rastafarian religion.

ICAR Chairman Michael “Bongo Jahba” Andrew told the Times he was surprised at the reported development.

“That means we are going backward because from what I recall, how many years ago that actually had stopped in the prison. I am very surprised to hear that has happened, Andrew told the Times.

He said:

“Basically what has happened there is that we have violated the rights of Rastafari people because one of the norms of Rastafarians is to wear dreads; you don’t shave your hair.”

Andrew asserted that for prison officials to shave the dreadlocks off Rastafarians is going against the law and the democratic rights of people.

He asserted that from a religious standpoint, that should not happen.

The ICAR Chairman disclosed that it is a matter that his organization will discuss when it holds a meeting soon.

He said based on the outcome of the discussion, a letter will hopefully be dispatched to National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, and copied to Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony.

Kim John and Francis Phillip were convicted for a December 31, 2000 attack on worshippers in the Castries Cathedral.

They bludgeoned the faithful with clubs and set others alight after dousing them with gasoline.

Two persons died as a result of the incident and several others were injured.

Andrew told the Times that Christians commit crimes as well and when they do they are not treated differently.

He said the dreadlocks issue has nothing to do with the crime, but with Rastafarianism.

Andrew said of Kim John and Francis Phillip that despite wrongdoing, they still remain Rastafarians and have a basic right to carry their “dreads.”



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  1. shame
    May 2, 2016 at 11:43 am Reply

    bull shit. didn’t they remember they were rastafarians when the decided to burn the church?

  2. blind spot
    May 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm Reply

    For ICAR to come and embrace those guys as rastas means they support what those guys did. Them fellas are bald heads as far as I’m concerned.

  3. upset
    May 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Instead of hanging them yall concerned about their locks choops. Pure bullshit

  4. Black Madonna
    May 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm Reply

    As far as I can see, there is no question there as to support the Cathedral incident or not but rather the issue of Rastafari beeing free to manifest their beliefs. Do not disrespect Bongo Jahba. It’s the same way they kill off the rasta yute the other day in custody. Just Saturday they beat up a fella who was feeding his horse because they thought he was trying to steal the horse without taking the time to corroborate what he was saying about it being his horse.

  5. Lucian
    May 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply

    LOL. The reality is no Rastafarian believes or preaches in the killing of innocent people. So the question is = when were these criminals ever of the Rastafarian faith. Now why would the ICAR even try to defend criminals that have used the Rastafarian faith as their reason for burning innocent people in a Catholic Church. This is the reason why the nation and the region does not respect the Rastafarian Faith. These men are criminals and are not practicing any religious beliefs. They are growing locs… there is a big difference. The ICAR should have separated themselves from these criminals and allow the system to deal with them as they fit.

  6. Bizzaro
    May 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm Reply

    So one can commit a crime now and use a religion of their choice as a sort of asylum?

  7. Lucian Gal
    May 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm Reply

    Terrorists respect no one but always want respect.
    They respect no ones belief or ppls life but want respect for theirs.
    Yes they are terrorists.

    So y’all kill the ppl but holding on tight to y’all life.

  8. Al Halaal Loin
    May 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm Reply

    People lets us be real. The two convicted felons previously did not submit to the tenets of Rastafarian faith neither in practice nor acknowledgement. By their every action and utterances they confirm they they are no more or no less than locksmen and criminals.
    The seemingly hard truth of the matter is that their hygiene is offensive and costly to us in a lice infested location which our hard earned dollars maintain. These men have already serverly wronged society must we continue to allow them to further have a health problem plague us and cost us more to maintaining their welbeing?
    They are human beings and ought to be afforded their human rights but they should not be allowed to further abuse societal norms and our legal rights.
    Stop analyse and consider how these misguided men are waistfully depleting our slim resources.

  9. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016 at 8:13 pm Reply

    This is a shameless argument made my ICAR these murderers masquerading with dreadlocks should have been dealt with longtime.

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