Call us heathens, but don’t mention our citizenship, please.

Let me plead the Fifth, as Americans would say. My mind is in turmoil. Certain things always disturb me in a democracy. One of them is drawing into play religious views and beliefs into government activity. In a theocracy, I’d have no reason to be concerned as that bond is at the core of the state’s existence. But, in a parliamentary democracy?

The ongoing Damion Crawford saga has some way to go. But each day brings a new twist.

Whatever others may feel, I think it more than disrespectful for said minister to write:

‘All of a sudden everybody a atheist and agnostic and undecided and non believer unuh need fi rahtid stop it… that a nuh Jamaica.’

Our Constitution makes no mention of religious beliefs being a condition for being a Jamaican, nor is it a condition for entry to the country.

So, why bring this into view?

I don’t know the answer, but I look to those Jamaicans who have become un-Jamaican in one glib statement.

Should we care that these are the expressed personal views of a government minister? We should, to the extent that they were aired in a very public space, on social media. He then refuses to explain himself.

What did Alice say?

IMG_1330.PNGCuriouser and curiouser.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

4 thoughts on “Call us heathens, but don’t mention our citizenship, please.”

  1. Damion Crawford must be an undercover agent seeking to destroy any little inroads bring made by the present Government to successfully move Jamaica forward – from his dutty Labourite comment to his “what’s wrong with a little Heil Hitler salute” and now his seemingly drunken rant on Christianity , I am now waiting for his final Clark Kent transformation where we will see him stripping off his orange tie and shiny suit , tearing off his locks (which may well be the ever popular Remy hair extensions ) and revealing his green jump suit with a picture of a big bell on his chest as he shouts in earnest “give me a J , give me an L give me a P ” – Hurrah !

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    1. Denise, I was abroad and missed DC’s contribution on the ‘Heil Hitler’ debacle. Could you post me a link, please?

      Very interesting conclusion you foresee.

      Thanks for those great comments.

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  2. Check his Wakka Flakka twitter feed for 7/17/14 onwards for Heil Hitler defence – incidentally I’m enjoying your blog

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