Letter of the day | D’obeah, abortion and civil law | Letters
THE EDITOR, Sir:
So Prophetess Almarie Campbell of Tarrant Baptist Church will bring fire and destruction to Parliament and Parliamentarians. This is because they propose to repeal a law (the Obeah law) which was first promulgated to suppress West African religious practices, which aimed to entrench the evil institution of slavery which however proved impossible to subsume over the centuries.
Maybe she and others should use their prayers and statements to pray and speak for an end to the modern day slavery and exploitation that is happening among us. Did they notice?
It’s the same way we demonize abortion and try to put in place exceptions to appease our collective conscience. I can guarantee that for the majority of the women who made this decision, this is one of the hardest things they’ve ever done – it’s not what some claim to be – born of neglectful sex. . Ask married women who had to do it too.
“I don’t think just because you’re against abortion doesn’t make you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases your morality is deeply flawed if all you want is a born child, but not a fed child, not an educated child, not a housed child. And why would I think you don’t? Because you don’t want the tax money to go there. It is not pro-life. It’s pro-birth. We need a much larger conversation about what pro-life morality is. Sister Joan Chittister, OSB (2015). https: //www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/7/30/1407166/-Catholic-Nun-Explain ….
Maybe we should pass a law that requires men to always wear condoms, unless the woman agrees to conceive.
If pastors had faith in what they teach about Christianity, they would have no fear in their hearts that these practices would be made legal. Their statements turned out to be terribly anti-Christian – no sense of tolerance or love.
This is the reason why I questioned those who arise from day to day calling themselves prophets and pastors, but without study or formal understanding of Scripture.
We need to pass a law requiring these people to be qualified and certified to reap the benefits accrued by those who spend the time studying and understanding. Any understanding of Scripture shows that Jesus himself, as a “human,” was not born with full knowledge, but spent the formative years of his life studying the books of Torah.
Civil law is about protecting and setting parameters so that we can function as a society, not about providing for the exclusion of some and the inclusion of others. I could suggest on this subject that the government pass a law that imposes taxes on churches, but on the condition that they make good use of it to help their fellow men in need and not only themselves.
Laws of inclusion and responsibility for all.
Colin McDonald B Ed
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