Church ‘paralysed’ in crime fight

Anglican Archdeacon Keith Cartwright
Anglican Archdeacon Keith Cartwright

NASSAU — Anglican Archdeacon Keith Cartwright said last night the government, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and the church are “hopelessly paralysed” in the fight against crime as Bahamians are being “mercilessly gunned downed like dogs”.

“We all seem to be aimlessly floating and meandering in this river of blood,” said Cartwright in his sermon for the Anglican Church’s Patronal Festival at Christ Church Cathedral.

“We seem to be drowning in this well of violence and crime.”

Cartwright said there is a complete disregard for the sanctity of human life in The Bahamas.

“Human beings, God’s sacred creation, are being mercilessly gunned downed like dogs, as our streets and neighbourhoods have become rivers of blood,”‚he said.

“Even elderly grandmothers are being robbed and slaughtered for mere insignificant material possessions.”

Cartwright said there can be no substitute for Christian values and no number of police cars, police officers, magistrates or prison cells can stem the tide of blood.

“Our situation is a national crisis, and we need urgent and focused attention to these challenges,”‚he said.

“The blame game has to stop.

“Crime is not a PLP problem. It is not an FNM problem. It is our problem.

“A national task force on crime is needed, with all major stakeholders, to properly coordinate all our efforts in the fight against crime and violence.”

Cartwright said, “We need to take our communities back.”

“What is the church doing?” he asked.

“There are churches on every corner, but the church is sadly lacking in our communities.”

Cartwright said the country needs action, not talk.

“The people are tired of the smooth, diplomatic games of our politicians and church leaders,”‚he said.

“There is too much talk and speeches and precious little action.

“We need straightforward men who are going to call a spade a spade.” (Nassau Guardian)

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