Clergyman, Peter Fevrier, has spoken out against what he describes as the ‘culture of death’ in the society.
His comments were made in the face of what law enforcement officials have said is a record thirty-three homicides so far for this year.
Fevrier, a Deacon serving at the Family and Life Secretariat of the Roman Catholic, said that violence should not be tolerated or encouraged.
“It affects family life – it is the first real threat to the gift of life, because if our people continuously perpetrate or encourage or practice violence it means that a lot of our people will lose their lives in the process,” he declared.
“We have to take a public stand on the issue of violence – we cannot just remain in a corner and remain silent. We have to come out and publicly denounce it,” Fevrier explained.
He recalled that there was a march recently against violence to help people to understand the need for a change and the way they embrace the ‘culture of death’.
Fevriere noted that the culture of life encourages peace, understanding, negotiation and love, while defending life.
However, he noted that the culture of death encourages violence, brutality and confrontation.
“That is a culture we do not want to adopt in this country,” Fevrier stated.
He expressed the view that such a culture must be spoken against publicly and denounced.
Fevrier also highlighted the need for people to be educated in the way of peace, asserting that the use of guns is unacceptable.