Asserting that a number of politicians and religious leaders have fail the people, a senior official of the the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre has expressed concern about the moral decline in Saint Lucia.
The Vice President of the organization, Stephen Lambert, has said that is is not enough to stay in offices and from pulpits to deliver abstract messages and platitudes while the people are looking for spiritual guidance and comfort.
“We must be ready to help and re-educate our men folk so as to protect our children, women and the elderly,” Lambert declared.
He said there was need for all to take stock of what is happening locally.
He described it as the “deceptiveness of the gradual.”
“In other words, it did not happen overnight,” the Crisis Centre official declared ahead of Saturday’s observance of International Men’s Day.
He said what has happened in Saint Lucia is a continual moral slide over decades.
“We have had a plethora of rapes, suicides and murders – in one recent incident it is alleged that a man killed his own brother over a pig,” Lambert stated.
He asserted that there are men of “worth” in Saint Lucia who are pillars of strength in business, politics, education, law and the church.
“The problem with those men is that they do not want to get involved in addressing the maladies that are engulfing our society,” Lambert said.
He observed that these men remain silent while the abuses and crimes continue unabated.
The Crisis Centre Vice President implored all men of goodwill to put their shoulders to the wheel to reverse the moral decay.
“I believe that God will help us to stand up and be counted before it is too late,” Lambert said.
He quoted from the late Martin Luther King Jr. who said that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.