Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | December 10, 2012
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So the preachers are singing now?
THE EDITOR, Sir:

Recently, I was forced to submit a letter of complaint to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) over an incident in which I was abused for objecting to someone singing Christian songs loudly in a state-owned bus, i.e., by the singer and a supporter of hers. I suspect that the singing was a clever attempt to avoid the new rule.

I am not against religion or God, but I think that some Christians should understand that not everyone is prepared to hear a religious message. My attitude extends to things other than Christian preaching alone.

I am also disturbed by persons on buses with private sound equipment or even by persons pinging on their BlackBerry cellphones. I also find other activities on the roads, such as the loud and repetitive honking of horns, very upsetting. Also, I dislike being badgered by minibus conductors, taxi operators and vendors when they are trying to convince me to take their vehicles or buy their products.

Perhaps because the society in general appears to be unaffected by these noises, some church members feel singled out.

Christians ought not to be confused about the requirements of the law. It would seem that many Christians appear to have a difficulty in applying their Christianity to everyday life. It is a sad day when they, in their zeal to spread the gospel, want to break the law in the process.

CLIVE STEWART

stewartclive@rocketmail.com

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