Church silence on social issues criticized

Church silence on social issues criticized

The churches in Saint Lucia have been criticized over their silence on social issues, including a recent spate of rapes.

The criticism has come from the Public Relations Officer of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR), Aaron “Ras Iron” Alexander.

Speaking this week on the MBC Television programme – Current Affairs, Alexander accused the churches of being very quiet on human rights issues.

He asserted that it was only recently as a result of a spate of suicides in Babonneau, that church leaders came together to pray.

However Alexander was of the view that in the current times, prayers are not enough to address social issues.

“Prayers have to be complemented with action,” he declared.

Alexander said little has been done to address the root causes of rape.

“It is a psychological thing and it takes some really deep thinking of our leaders -civil society groups have to come on board to ensure that we address this thing from the root cause,” the ICAR Public Relations Officer explained.

He urged church and civil society groups to wake up and rally with the leaders of the nation to address the problem.

Alexander made reference to reports of the alleged rape of two teenage girls on Friday at Derek Walcott square.

“That thing that happened in the Derek Walcott Square, there are people out there who know who did that,” he declared.

Alexander stated that those persons were afraid to come forward because of fear of reprisals or victimization.

He said the justice system has not put measures in place to safeguard people who come forward with information.

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  1. Unsatisfied
    May 12, 2016 at 9:49 am Reply

    Seal your lips Ras

    1. 16 years
      May 12, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply

      Looool ????

  2. 16 years
    May 12, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply

    When church leaders call out all citizens to come out and pray how many of us actually go to pray for the nation. .. I observe a certain church leader he has it every last friday in the month and you know what ia doNE ? Rather than taking the problems to.god we stay and criticize ! And persons would say prayers would change it ! U can’t go ask for something now and expect it to change now ….!! We need to come together as a nation and stop redevelop each other ..I disagree to this church silent? No may be we need to become more observation. . Make necessary research because when the country leaders are called up on to rally with the church leaders to wage against the enemy few show up ..WE NEED TO REUNITE TO HAVE A WAR FAIR (PRAYERS ) .. kudos to pastor Ben and his ministry for the prayer for the nation every last Friday in the month at the Castries city hall! !gods words are manifesting …

  3. Lewis
    May 12, 2016 at 10:25 am Reply

    We need to grow our sons to respect themselves and everyone else. We need to take responsibility for what we promote as our values. The Artists, media, NGOs, the government etc, we promote vulgarity in the name of freedom. In a democracy there is freedom and responsibility, no one wants to take responsibility. This idea of the CHURCHES being silent, we ignore their invitations and go on our merry way until our sons and daughters get in trouble. Take responsibility for the things we allow to fester!

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