Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us
Antigua Romance

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin
Instagram



News from the Caribbean:




Back To Today's News

Bahamas archbishop condemns migrant flogging suggestion
Published on January 14, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Royston Jones Jr.
Nassau Guardian Staff Reporter

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Catholic Archbishop Patrick Pinder said the suggestion of flogging illegal immigrants as a solution to The Bahamas’ illegal immigration problem “lacks civility” and indicated that these sorts of pronouncements “speak to a spirit of inhumanity among Bahamians”.

patrick_pinder.jpg
Archbishop Patrick Pinder
Pinder made the remark during his homily on Sunday.

While Pinder did not name anyone, attorney Wayne Munroe came under fire in December, when he recommended flogging illegal immigrants as a deterrent to people seeking to illegally enter the country.

Munroe joined the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in September 2015.

“How can we claim democracy when we continue to deny equal rights under the law to a large sector of our population?” Pinder asked.

“How far have we advanced towards the perfection [that] Christ desires of us when we hear suggestions of flogging illegal immigrants as a solution to illegal immigration?

“The very thought lacks civility and it lacks charity.

“It is far from the most constructive thinking on what is a phenomenon globally, and one of our most enduring social challenges locally.

“Justice must indeed be served. By his own testimony, Christ did not come to us to do away with law.

“He came to represent its perfect fulfillment.

“He does so by opening the Age of Grace, where justice is to be tempered always by mercy.”

Last December, Munroe, a former Democratic National Alliance candidate, said the price is too low for immigration offences in The Bahamas, and suggested that if illegal immigrants believed “we tortured and killed them, they might not come”.

The suggestion of corporal punishment for immigration offences drew strong rebuke from some quarters, including the official opposition.

Free National Movement (FNM) leader Dr Hubert Minnis called Munroe’s statement “barbaric, brutal and callous”.

He also called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to condemn Munroe’s remarks and “strongly state his (Christie’s) position so that the public would not be left with the perception that his failure to admonish Mr Munroe is further evidence of the prime minister’s weak leadership”.

Noting that mercy is the foundation of the church, Pinder said it is urgent that citizens understand and apply the concept of mercy, which he said embodies the spirit of forgiveness, love, redemption and regeneration.

He added that the only path forward is one of peace.

Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian
 
Reads: 3801







Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!




Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: