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Seems like passive resistance to crime

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Jamaica is deemed a Christian country. Still, this is where the fraternity of criminals prey upon the weakest groups of people, while those who are elected to govern seemingly converge in the 'upper room', fervently watching and waiting to canvass for another term in office.

For the escalating murders, rapes, scams, frauds, and other societal ills, the stars of criminality are forgiven more than 70 times seven.

They must be profoundly jubilant. And why wouldn't they be?

Hanging has outgrown its place in this nation of God-fearing citizens. Lashing is a thing of the past. Hard labour seems to have little to do with imprisonment and more to do with duress during childbirth. Plus, prisons are shoddy and overcrowded.

So, the immediate recourse for dealing with the prevailing tribulations is the zone of special operations (ZOSO), which appears to be rather mild. It's as though the initiators are seeking forgiveness for their actions against sordidness, through 'The Act of Contrition', even if the society is not predominantly Roman Catholic.

Barring ZOSO, our country is clearly committed to taking a stance of passive resistance toward the fraternity of criminals. Undoubtedly, we will continue to have prayer breakfasts, prayer crusades and vigils until we somehow begin to see the light.

John Henry Newton did make a petition for us through his hymn which says: “Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom; lead thou me on. The night is dark and I am far from home; lead thou me on…”


Erica Brown Marriott

St Catherine




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