Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | November 19, 2012
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After preaching ban, what next? School devotions?
THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am a free religious Protestant Christian who believes in religious liberty to all individuals.

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. These are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The old Chapter Three of the Constitution of Jamaica stated, "... life, liberty, security of the person, the enjoyment of property and the protection of the law; freedom of conscience, of expression and of peaceful assembly and association; and respect for his private and family life."

Under no circumstances should a man use his liberty to restrict another's. Therefore, it is wrong to go on public passenger transportation to disturb (or force) persons to hear the Gospel. Force is slavery!

This issue has sparked much deliberation, for example, the principle that a government-run entity is not a place for religious services or prayer meetings. The powers of civil government pertain solely to men in their relations one to another, and to the government, not for religious teachings or matters of conscience.

Therefore, if preaching on a entity owned by the government is wrong, we need to look at devotions in public schools and religious education as a curriculum mandate in classrooms.

Church and State have their different roles in society, and at no time should they switch authority. This would cause confusion and anarchy. This is only the beginning of something BIG!

JASON ROBERTS

plankdebor@yahoo.com

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