PM accused of attack on religious freedom

PM accused of attack on religious freedom

Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, has been accused of attacking religious freedom in what the opposition has pointed out is a change in the date for nomination of candidates for the June 6 elections.

United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Allen Chastanet, called attention  to the change today at an emergency news conference.

He discussed writs published in two local newspapers by the Electoral Commission.

Chastanet noted that an amendment published yesterday changed the nomination day from Friday, May 27, to Saturday May 28, 2016.

Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, a Seventh Day Adventist, accused the Prime Minister of unprecedented disrespect for persons of religious faith.

Joseph, who was at today’s new conference, said as a practicing Adventist he takes the matter personally.

He asserted that when a Prime Minister of a country cannot have regard for the freedom of people to worship the God they choose in the manner that their conscience allows, then the country is in serious trouble.

The Castries South East MP declared that Doctor Kenny Anthony is a dictator who has on previous occasions disrespected people of religious faith.

Joseph observed that both he and his opponent, Joachim Henry, are of the Adventist faith.

He wondered whether Henry was consulted.

“I want to know whether Doctor Anthony told him that after Sabbath he should come down to nomination,” Joseph said.

The former Minister of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities disclosed that he had spoken to some of his Pastors.

He said they have expressed that the new development is unprecedented and are conducting research to determine what their reaction will be.

The Castries South East MP said that Seventh Day Adventists are not the only Sabbath keepers in this country.

By his estimate, more than 25,000 persons keep the Sabbath.

Nevertheless, Joseph declared that a rejection of one religion is a rejection of all Christian faiths.

“The concern for me is not whether I can go and get nominated or not, the issue is the bigger picture, that the Prime Minister of this country does not regard God and the religious faith of people of this country,” he stated.

The former Minister recalled that the Prime Minister had vowed to do anything to ensure that he (Joseph) did not sit in the parliament of Saint Lucia.

Joseph questioned whether the change in the nomination date to Saturday was a deliberate ploy to test where he stands, and to determine whether he will be nominated.

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  1. Anonymous
    May 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply

    When you are so “religious” you do not enter politics..if the PM kept the same date for nomination you would cry foul….he illegal..So deal with it and you serve a God who is all time forgiving!!….Nothing for your Leader who appeared with coat and candle?????…Deal with it!!. Besides don’t play with God..when your life not clean!!

  2. Anonymous
    May 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm Reply

    We really don’t know how happy we are in St. Lucia!

  3. 2 faced
    May 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Nomination day takes place BEFORE sunset.

    BTW is OK for UWP to papoyshow the RC Church!


    1. Anonymous
      May 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm Reply

      Including you. To know all of them is to know yourself.

      Let the ancestors be with this country.
      Blessed Love

  4. viper
    May 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm Reply

    Rallies are held on Sunday’s right so the person’s who Sabbath is on a Sunday where’s the respect

  5. Heidi
    May 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Kenny you are just so slimy and conniving. You are trying everything.

  6. dyoll
    May 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm Reply

    I think guy and the leader of the opposition should shut up… Stop making st Lucian’s think that things are worst than it actually is… By their fruit u shall know them, if some of those men on those stages knew god… They would not be acting and behaving that way… All you’ll do is complain and make the ignorant side of st Lucian’s follow along, u wanted election and u got it now u mad at the date, now u mad at something that makes no sense, all what u say goes out there and it reflects on u as future leaders….

    1. Anonymous
      May 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm Reply

      You See all of you quick to call Adventists hipocrete for keeping Saturday. Did you know that if someone takes part in electoral nominations that is such a business matter that is not an emergency, they can lose their membership. Sabbath breaking in bible times was punishable by death and to a practicing SDA you just can’t see this from their perspective because the sunday churches don’t have such rules for Sunday keeping. Something else, Saturday was instituted by God thousands of years ago, something that got its roots from the Jews. In short, to an SDA you have no idea how offensive this is and the Prime Minister has no idea what impact that will have on his campaign. Let him keep pushing the envelop and I can already predict where he will end up in all of this. He will be the litmus test for which day is Truly God’s Sabbath Day!

      1. Sad-But-True
        May 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm Reply

        You need a spelling lesson, “Language” Teacher.
        Now run-a-long!

      2. Anonymous
        May 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply

        Adventists place is in heaven with God; what does politics of the Earth have to do with you all? This is why people call 7th day Adventists HYPOCRITES because you all preach one thing on Saturday and do something else all week long.
        By the way if was back in “Bible Times” your churches would be half empty on a Saturday because a-lot of you all would be stoned all during the week.

  7. Boujon Guiyave
    May 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Right wingers always believe they have a monopoly on god. Some of us (not you Guy Joseph for current affairs is not one of your strengths) remember the tea party in the USA and house they invoke god in their political campaign. That trick only work on fools. I find it strange this man is talking about respect and disrespect for god when lots of us question the cleanliness of his tongue. There are lots of things he have said in the house and when challenged to say it out side the house he never took it up. Why the cowardice, could it be an indication of not speaking the truth?

  8. You paire
    May 24, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Guy just shut up. You won’t be able to work voodoo on that day. Hahaha

    1. Sad-But-True
      May 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm Reply


    2. Anonymous
      May 24, 2016 at 7:03 pm Reply

      You have no respect for someones religious beliefs. Fool, if you supporting labor you should keep your mouth shut because your bigotry and contempt is offending more than 25,000 St. Lucians like yourself.

      My unsolicited advice is call guy all your dirty names for something else in another context not for him not being able to nominate on God’s Sabbath.

      1. Sad-But-True
        May 24, 2016 at 7:26 pm Reply

        Guy Joseph is an Obeah-Man!
        This is what he preaches on Political Platforms.

        I hope when the Spirit World comes for their “Pound Of Flesh,” he willfully (without Hesitation) affirms to the deity.

  9. Sad-But-True
    May 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Guy Joseph is a DISGRACE to any religious faith, let alone The Seventh Day Adventist.

    One can NEVER for once think (if you didn’t know this coolie) that he is affiliated to the Adventist Church.

    Guy is more Gangsta than real Hard-Core Gangsters anywhere.
    And he even has the Inferior Intellect with bad Grammar to BOOT.

    The reason why any non-Indian female would want to be with such miscreant is because of SELF-HATE and being a RACE TRAITOR.

    1. Anonymous
      May 24, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply

      Gosh you sound so much like him. Is there really any difference?

      I am a language teacher and you want to criticize his bad grammar. In my humble opinion he is an effective communicator. What he speaks is acceptable English so what is your point. Labor party knows when to use creole and his same style when they want to stir up trouble on the market steps so between you and me, I aint see no difference between him and you all.

      You guys are just angry and thought that you should have the monopoly on thought and expression in this country and the likes of Rick Wayne and Guy Joseph just keep pissing you all off.

      1. Sad-But-True
        May 24, 2016 at 7:20 pm Reply

        You are a “Language” teacher?
        What/who is a “Language” teacher?

  10. Sad-But-True
    May 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

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    Please Consider Our Plea.

  11. Observer
    May 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Thiis platation child really believe that he is God’s Gift to our country.

    Yo pai!

  12. Observer
    May 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Kenny can jump high he can jump low, on June 6 he have to go.

    Yo pai!

  13. Anonymous
    May 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm Reply

    So is it ok for the UWP leader to make a mockery of the Catholic Church?????

  14. Anonymous
    May 24, 2016 at 10:51 pm Reply

    May people get your facts right the date of nominations on a Saturday was not the doing of the prime minister it is an electoral matter that was the doing of electoral Department because the writ was published on a Saturday in the local newspaper and by law they needed a minimum of 7 from the date publication

  15. starry herman branch
    May 25, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply

    O my God i can see my Nation is lost in faith and their teachings what kind of man that stand up against you oh my lord can’t they not see it is not about Guy it is all your Sabbath .So man is still turning their backs on your words they look to me as lost people fighting against your sayings and your Sabbath . Man has their own way of doing things but God the right to do all things his way so you the people of this Nation let us keep on praying to u our Creator God and let us repect the Sabbath for it belongs to God my dear brothers and sistersr remember to keep the Sabbath Holy

  16. Boujon Guiyave
    May 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm Reply

    I am here reminded of the song by mighty sparrow about some friends of his who uses words without knowing their meaning. All how I try to apply my mind to the accusation of the PM attacking religious freedom my conclusion is Guy Joseph don’t even know the meaning of what he said. How could the PM be attacking religious freedom when he Guy Joseph can practice his faith with no fear of persecution or prosecution. In fact in my life time I don’t of any incident of religious persecution in St. Lucia. The many denominations operating in St. Lucia have never had cause to accuse any sitting government of curtailment of their freedom. Indeed the situation remain so even today. This I noted because the accusation did not come from any religious body. It came from deep within the bosom of politics. As far as I am concerned this is pure political and was made not for religious but political reasons. Guy Joseph get lost !

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