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Hatchet job on the Bahamas Christian Council

Dear Editor,

The Tribune features a slew of leftist columnists who espouse extreme left-wing political and social views that would undoubtedly make the venerable Etienne Dupuch turn over in his grave.

Dupuch was initially a member of the Plymouth Brethren, before converting to Catholicism. Like Dupuch, most Bahamians hold to traditional views which are firmly based on the Bible, unlike most of the current Tribune columnists. Anyone familiar with the formation of the Plymouth Brethren would appreciate the fundamentalism of its early leaders, particularly John Nelson Darby, whom many historians credit with popularizing the pre-tribulation rapture theory that many evangelicals in the USA, UK and The Bahamas subscribe to.

In all things considered, many of the extremist views of Tribune columnists Richard Coulson and Alicia Wallace are not representative of the overwhelming majority of the Bahamian people they are attempting to influence via the massive platform graciously given to them. This was especially borne out by the recent hatchet job by Wallace on the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) and Bishop Delton Fernander – the latter she intentionally failed to reference by name, perhaps as a condescension. Mincing no words, Wallace castigated the BCC as being ridiculous, useless, patriarchal and misogynistic – sweeping assumptions that have no basis in reality. The latter allegation brings to mind Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin’s imputation of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis being a misogynist. Apparently, feminists such as Hanna-Martin and Wallace have a monopoly on that word for men who publicly disagree with certain women whose views are questionable. In all things considered, it is a worn-out accusation that Bahamian feminists and their American counterparts use ad nauseam in order to silence male critics.

Fernander and the BCC’s concerns about the nudity, debauchery, indecency, vulgarity and drunkenness that are essential features of Junkanoo Carnival are warranted, seeing that carnival is historically linked to the ancient Roman pagan festival called Bacchanalia. Revellers of this ancient festival were either nude of scantily clad as they engaged in drunken and sexual orgies in honor to Bacchus, the pagan god of agriculture, wine and fertility. Carnival is simply a repackaged version of a perverted festival that the pagans took part in. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says that there’s no new thing under the sun.

The BCC’s concerns about women being exploited sexually and children being exposed to scantily clad women gyrating on the streets of Nassau in broad daylight are also well founded, especially in light of a February 2016 Tribune article that states that between 2003 and 2013 there were 1,109 reported rapes in The Bahamas; and 9,045 documented incidents of assault on women between 2008-2012. Consequently, to argue otherwise would be to demonstrate a shocking display of dangerous naivety on the possibility of women being molested during the Junkanoo Carnival parade.

In his press release, Fernander repeatedly expressed concerns for the safety of female revellers as they participate in the Road Fever parade along with intoxicated male revellers. How Wallace manages to see misogyny in Fernander’s concern for women participants is anyone’s guess.

As for the alcoholic consumption, studies have proven that alcohol causes memory impairment, blackouts, recklessness, impaired decision making, inability to think abstractly, loss of visuospatial abilities, memory loss and the loss of attention span.

The readership familiar with the Old Testament would recall the story of intoxicated Lot having incestuous relations with his two daughters in Genesis 19 immediately following the demise of Sodom and Gomorrah. A similar scenario occurring during Junkanoo Carnival is quite possible. Beautiful scantily clad women gyrating in the presence of intoxicated male revellers who are sexually aroused makes for an explosive combination.

First Timothy 1:9 enjoins women to be modestly apparelled. Consequently, being scantily clad is a violation of biblical law. The government should never facilitate such an event, which would only undermine its plans to eliminate AIDS by 2030. Junkanoo Carnival is a threat to marriage and the nuclear family. Obviously, the government has far more greater incentives to scrap the festival than in continuing it.

As for the BCC and its church affiliates assisting vulnerable women, apparently Wallace is an unchurched Bahamian who wants to broad-brush the 4,000-plus churches in the country as unloving.

Many churches in The Bahamas assist those in need. People like Wallace don’t know this because churches normally don’t blow their own trumpets, in accordance to Matthew 6:1-4.

All in all, Wallace’s op-ed amounts to nothing more than an anti-theist rant in the tradition of biologist Richard Dawkins in which she seeks to challenge the indestructible church. Let me remind her of French philosopher Voltaire predicting the demise of Christianity within 100 years after his death, only to have his estate become a Bible society. You and your column, madame, are no match for the church. Jesus Christ promised in Matthew 16:18 that the gates of Hades will not prevail against the church.

I encourage the BCC to continue voicing its opposition to Junkanoo Carnival – a festival which degrades the very women Wallace and other feminists claim to be concerned about, but see no issue in them being placed in a vulnerable situation to be sexually exploited during the festival.

– Kevin Evans

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