Ras Ipa ‘Insulted’ By Archbishop’s Comments, Demands Apology

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Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac says he feels insulted by comments this week from the head of the Saint Lucia Roman Catholic Church, Robert Rivas.

And Isaac wants an apology and retraction.

The comments from the head of the Catholic Church followed an arson attack on the Catholic Church at Pierrot, Vieux Fort.

On Sunday morning a dreadlocks-sporting man, believed to be of unsound mind, hurled Molotov cocktails at a statue outside the church, briefly setting the statue ablaze.

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He later entered the church with other incendiary devices and was held by parishioners who handed him over to the police.

The head of the Catholic Church here announced on Monday that he would be seeking a meeting with local Rastafarian leaders.

Rivas told a news conference that some crimes against the Catholic church have been linked to members of the Rastafarian group.

He indicated that the objective of meeting Rastafarian leaders would be to work towards a peaceful resolution and a peaceful co-existence.

But Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac, a former President of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR), told St Lucia Times that because the man linked to the arson attack had dreadlocks and shouted slogans associated with Rastafarians, does not make him a Rastafarian.

“Not everyone who misses a fall and says ‘Oh Jesus’ is a Christian,” Isaac asserted.

“For Archbishop Rivas to suggest that this young man is a Rasta and he is requesting discussion with the Rastafarian community is insulting,” he declared.

Isaac said that he personally felt insulted by the remarks made by Rivas.

He observed that when people commit any offence, it is a human being that does so.

According to Isaac, when individuals commit offences, the pertinent information is whether they are male or female, their name and where they are from.

But he explained that the person’s religious denomination does not become a factor.

“We want Rivas to apologise to the Rastafarian community and to me as a Rasta because I do not take lightly to calling anyone who has matted hair a Rasta,” Isaac stated.

 

 

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