Priest has no regrets leaving marijuana-bearing mourners

An Anglican cleric, who has become embroiled in controversy centred on an incident that occurred at a burial site of a murder victim, has called for residents to take a stand against the wrongs in society

Reverend Davidson Bowen of St Philip The Less Anglican Church said he was “disgusted” by the lack of respect displayed as the final rites were being performed for Gregory Ainsley Bishop, 33, of Boscobel, St Peter, who was fatally shot at Douglin Road, Weston late last month.

Reverend Davidson Bowen
Reverend Davidson Bowen

“I looked out in the church yard and there are all of these young men who just seem lost. The funeral service is going on and they’re outside smoking and drinking and that sort of stuff. This is not the place for that. If you want to drink and smoke and so forth I can’t necessarily stop you from doing that; that’s your own choice but I find, as it relates to church, there is a lack of respect,” he said.

Reverend Bowen, whose sermon on Sunday focused on what transpired at the funeral last week Thursday, later recounted the incident to Barbados TODAY.

“We get to the gravesite and before the body is committed they place the casket on the belts before it is lowered into the grave [but] before anything is done this youngster is there scattering what appears to be marijuana in the grave. I asked him what he [was] doing. I told him it was foolishness, “get out from in front of me you’re doing foolishness”. So he moves, he goes to a side. I commit the body and he then comes up with two others flanked on either side staring me down, again dropping marijuana in the grave so I asked him if it made any sense. I asked “which part of the service is this?” the clergyman recalled.

He expressed disappointment and disgust that the adults present did nothing, stating “everybody is like in a trance because nobody can say ‘this is wrong”.

Fed up with the situation, the reverend said he closed his prayer book and left.

Reverend Bowen was clear that he did nothing wrong and was not backing down from his actions.

He said claims that mourners were left hanging were untrue, since he had finished performing the service.

“My part of the service was finished, the only left to do would have been to cover the casket . . . and say to the choir [sing] Amazing Grace or the hymn and the choir would sing. The funeral service was finished at that point. Some priests stay, some don’t, so to say that I didn’t finish the job [is not true],” he insisted.

“The job was done and the amazing thing is that you had some persons who were doing wrong, something illegal and we condone that and because I took a stand I’m wrong. I don’t see that as wrong. If I had to do it all over again, the only thing I would do differently is the server that I left there, I would have told him to come as well.”

There were reports that several of the mourners pointed gun fingers at the priest as he was departing, but Reverend was adamant he was not backing down.

“That don’t scare me,” he said resolutely, adding that he heard loud explosions on his way out.

“I can’t say they were gunshots [but] there were loud explosions and there were persons who seemed to enjoy this. You had grown people laughing and saying ‘that’s a big one.”

He added, “We’re constantly talking about what kind or world we are leaving for our children but I think we need to consider what kind of children we’re leaving for the world because we had young ladies there [wearing] next to nothing, all sort of strange fashions with everything exposed and stuff like that. We had persons there in tights and close fitting shirts and that sort of stuff.”

115 Responses to NOT SORRY

  1. Sharon Ellis
    Sharon Ellis December 16, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Young people of today are very disrespectful.

    • Lucia Aniela Parris
      Lucia Aniela Parris December 16, 2014 at 6:51 am

      Encouraged and enabled by a very ignorant and lost middle aged group… Don’t just blame the young!

      • ch December 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        I applaud the Reverend Bowen for having the backbone to stand up against disrespect to the Church and to his office. People who have no regard for the Church need to stay wherever they are and baptize their children; get married and have their funerals there because all they want is the convenience of a church without conviction or commitment.
        Worse than the offenders were all the cowards who stood up silently and watched especially the ones who run through a church door every Sunday and style themselves “christians”. God is not mocked and every Christian is called to be a soldier of the Cross. Shame on every one of you who knew better and said nothing.
        That is the problem in this country. Not the misguided and ignorant ones who think that they are “bad” and “run tings”. Because they are simply weaklings without self-esteem or self-will.
        The problem is with the hypocrites who enable them with silence.

    • Eddie Smith
      Eddie Smith December 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

      I don’t care for generalizations, as it blames many who don’t deserve to be. There may be many middle-aged who may condone and even participate in such beaviour, but not all of us. Many of us have been trying to guide the young in the right direction but with many setting bad examples and condoning disrespect it has been difficult to make a significant impact. We ran off the track when the”village” lost the right to raise the children. If you attempt to point someone else’s child in the right way look at the abuse that it hurled at you. How many have been insulted and attacked physically, especially teachers, for wanting only good for children? The attitude of some parents has been “you don’t have the right to discipline my child”. Who blames society when they wind up in jail or dead? The same parents.

  2. Simone Gibbons
    Simone Gibbons December 16, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Age has nothing to do with being disrespectful because I’m sure there were “mature” individuals present as well.
    On the other hand, he was right to disassociate himself.

  3. Eddie Smith
    Eddie Smith December 16, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Been seeing the same thing here increasingly. The environs of the church littered with beer caps and bottles, stubs, people openly smoking weed and loud talking during the service. No respect for the service or the dead!!

  4. Kim-Marie Donaie
    Kim-Marie Donaie December 16, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Whilst the reverend and others reading this article may be appalled at the ritual, IT IS indeed the custom of friends /family of deceased persons to bury them with their most treasured possessions as a sign of respect. I believe the reverend reserves the rt to discontinue his ‘svc’ based on his standards, likewise I think the mourners have the rt to use whatever form of tribute to celebrate the life of their fallen soldier. In case you have been living under a rock, contemporary funerals of younger persons include weed smoking and drinking, some even play dub music in th graveyard as their way to ease d pain. To each his own way

    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily December 16, 2014 at 5:13 am

      Then they should not want a Christian funeral.

    • Annette Atkinson
      Annette Atkinson December 16, 2014 at 5:29 am


    • Terence Adrian Walcott
      Terence Adrian Walcott December 16, 2014 at 5:54 am

      As the reverend correctly stated the drug is against the law ,why should he condone these actions , he did the right thing under the circumstances .

    • Diahann Brown
      Diahann Brown December 16, 2014 at 5:57 am

      That is true. But most people who wish to bury a loved one with their favourite things would place a small bag in the coffin before it’s final closing. To take with them to the afterlife… Anything goes: small bottles of rum, a bag of weed, cigarettes or cigars and in some cases his wife’s panties. You don’t sprinkle weed on the coffin and in the grave! That’s just stupid. I get their intention. The way they did it was just so wrong!

    • Lucia Aniela Parris
      Lucia Aniela Parris December 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

      U have a point but is that’s the case, don’t involve the diocese. I honestly agree with him— too many young people have no respect for boundaries and that is not to say it is only their fault… As he rightly pointed out they were being encouraged by “grown” people…. Society is sick!

    • Katz Marie
      Katz Marie December 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I consider the church and its environs to be sacred and I dislike people disrespecting it. The church and its grounds are a place to worship and respect God. If thats the way they choose to honour their dead then they should have their own place to bury them where they are free to do as they please. Not in God’s house. People need to know when, where and how.

    • Harmony Channay
      Harmony Channay December 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

      I get your point… the rev was wrong he should have called the police out of respect for the law… respect is respect isn’t it?

    • Terence Adrian Walcott
      Terence Adrian Walcott December 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Lets not stray so far from the facts Kim -Marie today people have many beliefs .if you go into a Muslin temple you are expected to do as the Muslin,s as such if you go to a Hindu temple we suffer such like .I do think the facts here will speak for themselves otherwise we are totally dis regarding the laws that are put down by the church .I can stay here an speak about many rights an wrongs .As to calling the police at this time would have been an even more delicate situation .The pastors an priest are having a time of their lives even burying some of us .Why because they really do not know what to say from the lives that we live.

    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily December 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Who is speaking of the deceased request here Kim- Marie … My response was to your comment “… The mourners have the rt to use whatever form of tribute to celebrate the life of their fallen soldier.” Whether we are followers of the church or not we know what they stand for besides as the Priest say it was an illegal act.

  5. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart December 16, 2014 at 4:01 am

    So disrespectful…..they should be ashamed!

  6. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer December 16, 2014 at 4:23 am

    In these times people do a lot of folly and others agree because they are small minded. They behave as though goatish things make sense. Oh this is their time, so everyone must except folly and ignorance.

  7. Emerson Knight
    Emerson Knight December 16, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Kim if th is what they want to do why not wait until the priest is finished and has left? As far as I know weed is still illegal.

  8. Regina Worrell
    Regina Worrell December 16, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Disrespectful of who? Or what? Where was the respect due?

  9. Debra Dior
    Debra Dior December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

    some twisted youth… a bunch of lost souls

  10. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily December 16, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Why did the relatives requested a church funeral since it obliviously seems as though they needed a soul funeral.

  11. Dorrel Haynes
    Dorrel Haynes December 16, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Respect is now an old fashioned word. very sad.

  12. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte December 16, 2014 at 5:48 am

    guess the actions of his friends says alot of how he was remembered.

  13. Sonia Lorde
    Sonia Lorde December 16, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Young people of today need god and also guidance a pack of lost soul

  14. Lisa Parris
    Lisa Parris December 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

    If you come into my house you follow my rules. If you want to play by your own find your own house.

  15. Shemaxsmi December 16, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Total disrespect to God, Holy grounds, the deceased and the mourners. It won’t be long before someone turn up with a DJ and his sound system. .. .Can’t behave as you like in the law courts or its environs. …Why do it on sanctified properties?

  16. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender December 16, 2014 at 6:11 am

    At my brothers funeral big men went and pour rum punch over his grave after it was covered brother was not a drinker… Mr hoyte you guessed wrong….. rip Bish…really sorry this is happening

  17. John Digger Benn
    John Digger Benn December 16, 2014 at 6:11 am

    you mean all the people at the funeral,could’nt say nothing to the idiots.At least the old men used to wait till the funeral done and head to the rumshop.The drugs have them good.Another thing is these fellas coming round and selling drinks from cars at funerals

    • Felecia Benjamin
      Felecia Benjamin December 16, 2014 at 7:27 am

      People in Barbados now usually keep their mouths closed.

  18. Tony Webster December 16, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Welcome to the “New Barbados”, where long shadows are cast foretelling coming events (if one wishes to see these)
    Ask each of these louts’ mothers about their sons, and they will swear on a stack of Bibles…that each and every one is a “really nice boy; kind; helpful, and pays the bills every month”.
    If you wish to get a REAL chill run down your back…ask yourself: what kind of children…are THEY going to raise?

  19. Jennifer Roy December 16, 2014 at 6:19 am

    The church cannot Judge people in the world only God can do that. The church whether believers or leads are called to be the light in darkness……selah even the mudrer and thief was beside the greatest light of all……selah

  20. Dana C Bailey
    Dana C Bailey December 16, 2014 at 6:19 am

    The priest right and i hope he dont back down either. A whole bunch of backward disrespectful idiots attended that funeral

  21. Ricky Murrell
    Ricky Murrell December 16, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Well done Sir, if we dont STAND for something we will FALL for anything. Church has standards like any other. These same individuals can’t go to the magistrate court yard with this behavour so why the church. For wrong to continue to exist, is for good men to sit and be quiet. Rev don’t ever recant on your position on this matter

  22. Shirley Garnes
    Shirley Garnes December 16, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Everyone is crying disrespect. They sent him off the same way he lived his life. I’m sure the priest didn’t do the burial for free. I’m sure he had no problem taking the money he received for his services.

  23. Keisha Clarke
    Keisha Clarke December 16, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I applaud you 100%. The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear. There will be critics but stand firm as you do the Lord’s work. He never said the road will be easy but he has assured us he will be with us to the end.

  24. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair December 16, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Rev your are right we want to condone every shite suppose he like sacrificing children in his life time they would have kill one for him too? after life what when you die you are dead dead dead no after life

  25. Cheryl Walton-Chase
    Cheryl Walton-Chase December 16, 2014 at 6:39 am

    No respect for God or the Church, what a shame… Have mercy dear Lord.. Rev, I applaud you.. God bless!

  26. Oliver Brewster
    Oliver Brewster December 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

    We are not from the same church but I thank you very much for what you did. 20 years ago you would never have to but today is different .we have a generation of disrespectful young people (not all of them.)how dont care about God .man, or the devil a generation of vipers.churches have to do more to reach young children before they become like that and prayer and work. to save these bad ones. May God help us.

  27. Icabob Crane December 16, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Barbados is afflicted with a virulent form of fast metastasizing moral degeneracy. It is found across the board among all ages, sexes, educational levels, social strata… The prognosis for recover is bleak. Because the medicine sits unopened on the table next to the patient, but the patient refuses it. Barbados, we have sown the wind and will reap the whirl wind (that is guaranteed) unless we individually and collectively follow 2 Chronicles 7:14King James Version (KJV)
    14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
    PS: Congratulations to the Cleric for standing up for what’s right in a world that no longer knows what that is. Continue to preach the Word in season and out of season…

  28. Maureen Annius
    Maureen Annius December 16, 2014 at 6:44 am

    You are right to leave

  29. Lucia Aniela Parris
    Lucia Aniela Parris December 16, 2014 at 6:57 am

    It is the epitome of foolishness and Rev Bowen is right! We don’t like to hear the truth. Young people are sadly encouraged to disrespect boundaries daily by ignorant older people who should know better… This is not only in the church but in schools, communities and in the work place. Just outright irresponsible behaviour!

  30. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis December 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I find we tolerate lots of mediocrity in this society and using the excuse…these are changing times…..nonsense….that is what it is when you’re looking for an easy way out or you don’t want to deal with these issues at hand…if you don’t stand for something you’ll stand for anything….somebody took a stand and said NO!!!….thank you Rev. Bowen

  31. Kimelcia Francis
    Kimelcia Francis December 16, 2014 at 7:09 am

    We all known the church has standards .if you can’t go by them u need to take it elsewhere to do what ever you feel like.

  32. Melissa Antrobus
    Melissa Antrobus December 16, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I totally agree with what the reverend is sayingi i also totally agree that the Churches need to play a greater role in trying to help the society as a whole. However there is only so much that the Churches can do. Good morals, values and upbringing has to be instilled in a person from a very tender age. The Bible say train up a child in the way he should go and when he gets old, he will not depart

  33. Melissa Antrobus
    Melissa Antrobus December 16, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Sometimes we think that ppl ought to know better and we’re quick to pass judgement but a person can only do what they know or have been taught to do. If those young men knew better or were taught better, they would have done better. It has to first start in the home and the root cause of the problem is that ppl have fallen away from God. The only sure and secure way to live is taught right in the Scriptures. I might offend some by saying this but politicians, scientist and even world leaders don’t have the answers, they only provide a bandaids for the woulds. Real peace, love, stability and happiness can only be found in Jehovah God.

  34. Collin Colliie Chase
    Collin Colliie Chase December 16, 2014 at 7:21 am

    You have to feel sorry for these lost sheep.Do not back down the people will stand with you anytime.

  35. Mike December 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

    The church has to take a stand and refuse such burials. The police should also attend such burials to arrest law breakers. There are very little respect for law and order and moral values in this country and church leaders have to do more in the communities they served.

  36. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne December 16, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Disrespect must not be tolerated.

  37. JanElle Outram
    JanElle Outram December 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

    As Christ would have been more compassionate And would have counselled the youth, you were wrong. As Christ never thought he was too good to be amongst sinners you were wrong! I thought of it and it was easy for the righteous Pharisees to stay away and think themselves better than the sinners but Jesus Christ sat amongst the sinners and taught them. Those without sin cast the first stone!! Also the youth of all the nations are being lost! They are the future and we all invest in our future so how is teaching the youth wrong if they too represent our future? Think about this man of God and you will see why you were wrong! It was a scary situation but you could’ve stayed to support the family and prayed for the sinners and the lost youth!! They have no concept of the value of religious ceremonies. Why ?? Because they aren’t of the church but no one is too old to be taught!!!

    • Deon Mayers
      Deon Mayers December 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Christ also spoke out against the ills of society. Jesus showed compassion but He also challenged the status quo. Remember it was Jesus who went into the Temple (church) overturned the tables and chased the persons out telling them they were turning this Father’s house into a den of thieves. Jesus showed compassion but He also chided and correct persons when necessary.

    • Jackie Agard
      Jackie Agard December 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      PARDON YOU Deon Mayers……Jesus chided and correct person when NECESSARY??????? where did you get that from????? Jesus came down on earth to bring mankind from DARKNESS into LIGHT

    • Jackie Agard
      Jackie Agard December 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      And it wasn’t when necessary, JESUS WAS ON A JOURNEY.

  38. J Coppin December 16, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Its about time someone did something about this lawlessness. We as a society accept all wrong things and strongly believe it is right.
    Reverend you did nothing wrong.

  39. Mhizz Pookie Sweets
    Mhizz Pookie Sweets December 16, 2014 at 7:39 am

    It is very disrespectful I am glad some one finally came forward to talk about it I been to funerals and saw men doing that funeral ain’t done yet yh know but them proceed to drink and smoke I am not saying you can’t drink but not at the deceased graveside man it is very shameful and disrespectful to the family

  40. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown December 16, 2014 at 7:40 am

    You did the right thing. There is right and wrong and this smells bad!

  41. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron December 16, 2014 at 7:41 am

    As a man live he dies, and his burial told another story

  42. Marcia Schwendler Darlington
    Marcia Schwendler Darlington December 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Good for him .

  43. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series December 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Seems like Mr. Bishop’s homies were giving him an appropriate send off. Funerals in Barbados have always been celebrated with drugs, i.e., alcohol, so this transition is not surprising. The church is useless in today’s society and its welfare checks (tithes and offerings) are dwindling. The good Reverend should concentrate on losing weight and finding a new profession instead of lamenting the short, tight dresses the women were wearing.

    • Hariet Gamble
      Hariet Gamble December 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Wow!!…and you thought that was necessary? …

    • Ali December 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      and again this is why this behavior perpetuates … someone in their folly does something wrong (they were disrespectful) and persons in authority .. Who incidentally have the authority to say something and turn the incident into a teachable moment .. Turn their backs in disgust .. I’m not saying he should condone the situation .. But some integrity as a clergyman could have .. Might have … Ameliorated this situation …. Sometimes the youth just don’t know what’s right or wrong …it’s our DUTY as leaders.. Especially church leaders to at least plant a seed … If there was a perfect moment this was it!!! talking about morals .. Did he give the money paid to him back to the family? I’m sure he can justify that ! Did he do the Lord’s work here … God could be looking down at that moment in disgust too .. Simply at the fact that ” here is the lost I sent you to!!!! Hmmmmm say A… Say B !

    • Patricia Edwards December 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Seems like you are actually agreeing with the behavior and dress of these ppl at a funeral!!!! Because this is done doesn’t mean it is right….Regardless of how the person lived or died respect is due you’re at a funeral….at a church!!

      “The good Reverend should concentrate on losing weight & finding a new profession…..” You sound young, childish & ignorant!! Don’t leave anymore comments on this article.

  44. Anderson Steven
    Anderson Steven December 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

    In my opinion he stayed too long. We are now a ghetto nation without a vision.

  45. Andrew Jordan December 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I just happened to pass this funeral with a colleague, and we both reflected how disgusting, loud and obnoxious they were acting at a funeral, no respect, But power to the man of god for standing up for what he believes is right, people are scared of these young thugs and do & say nothing, most of them have no spine, so are a bunch do “DO NOTHING” people.

  46. Prince Shepheard
    Prince Shepheard December 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    u should have preach the gospel to sinners present

  47. Andrea Rollins December 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Dear Reverend Bowen,

    I applaud you for taking some measure of a firm stand against what you and many other Law abiding, God Fearing, still Respectful Barbadians also outwardly condemn. Remember for evil to flourish then Good Men/Women must do nothing so continue standing apart from others as you do what you, the principles of the church & the law guides us on.

    The Barbados I grew up in was stronger because of the level of respect & caring displayed to each other and to visitors in our island. Most of us know what true RESPECT looks like and how it should be given. If you choose to let bad behaviours and Intimidation/Bullying from the lawless and disrespectful elements of our society force you behind closed doors afraid to stand up for your convictions then you have given up all of Gods’ power and authority to SATAN.

    Please my fellow Proud, respectful BAJANS for your sake and that of the better Barbados we grew up loving and is worth fighting for; Do not just TALK as we are so very good at doing and then let the DEVIL’s ways of Chaos, Disorder & Fear become us and our children’s FUTURE!!!! Firmly stand for what is considered Culturally, Ethically and Morally correct today, tomorrow and forever because the alternative will be the creation of a Barbados that may become unlivable.

  48. Carlos Welch
    Carlos Welch December 16, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Is funny how he call it a job, as a teacher of god ur so call job is never done, it ain’t even a job, u close ur book and left and saying u took a stand, what stand u took ?cowardly left, adults where standing not saying nothing, what did u do? U said u look through the window an saw young people looking lost, ur society is a reflection of u, so u r also lost. Come on rev u pointing a finger and 3 pointing back at u. The blind leading the blind.

  49. Katrina Dixon
    Katrina Dixon December 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Why not place the marijuana in a small bag and place it in the casket…why sprinkle it smh have a little respect. Though i get you want to give your lost one everything he treasured in life ie weed, but pointing gun fingers at a priest -_- childish

  50. Ms. Griffith December 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I am in shock that this have reach our Island, I don’t care who you are…Respect to God always…the Rev. was in his rights, I would have been scared as well, I probably would have done the same thing (leave)l….That is why I maintain, that when you have these types of funerals the Funeral Director, Rev, Pastors etc…are clear on what is expected…Our young people / young adults have to be more respectful of others though, God is not sleeping, be careful messing with a man of God!

  51. seagul December 16, 2014 at 8:33 am

    It’s important for us to realize that a lot of our values, a lot of our truths are no longer true, so we have to remember that young people living in this world today and, we have to be advised by them as they are advised by us. It is equally important to know that the foundation of rastafarian theology is based on Christ.
    Caribbean society would be more strongly shaped by a cultural identity of a spiritual nature. No human being can judge the ways of God.

  52. Highly Flavoured Kelalicia
    Highly Flavoured Kelalicia December 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Generation of vipers.Lord help us all.Thumbs up Rev

  53. Omar Harewood
    Omar Harewood December 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

    This generation is truly lost

  54. Mark Campbell
    Mark Campbell December 16, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Just stand up for what is right, Rev, Kudos to you for your stance on the issue!

  55. Rev.Shauntelle Best December 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Man of God I stand in agreement with you. In the courthouse, don’t care who you are,you have to submit to the order of the courts.No cell phones going off, No lewd and slack dressing and certainly no illegal substances willfully exposed to the naked eye. Whether you are an upstanding law abiding citizen,or you are considered to be the baddest thing on the blocks,all must conform to the order of the courts or else. In the same way the house of God has a standard to uphold. It’s not anything goes; and church leaders who allow such practices without speaking out against it,in my view are worst than the ones committing such offences. Though times have changed and persons may feel the need to disrespect the church as they feel,the interesting thing to note is,that they can only do to us what we allow and accept. Kudos to you Reverend for not just standing up for the kingdom of God but for standing against the kingdom of darkness and letting the devil know that you will not stand idly by and allow him to use our young people,who though it may not seem so at first glance,I can assure you are full of promise. I Salute you Reverend.

  56. Godric Prentice
    Godric Prentice December 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Power to the People..

  57. Katz Marie
    Katz Marie December 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Glad someone is finally taking a stand against this disrespoectful behaviour. Well done I applaud you.

  58. jr smith December 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Barbados is what it is , guns , drugs , knives plus lots of people living in cloud cookoo land ,forgetting they culture, so monkey see , monkey do, so much want to be like the ghetto USA.
    So people deal with it.not going away in haste.

  59. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer December 16, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Stupssse he spoke up but that is my ppl…say nothing but talk later

  60. Tennillebabes December 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

    No respect for themselves or even the deceased. This behavior is condemn by too many, this is why our society is failing. Take heed it is time we stand as a united front and do not allow this type of destruction to continue. No example set what so ever for those younger children to follow. Boy we have to remain close to God and pray for his healing on this troubled society. I cannot disagree with the Rev Bishop, you have to stand up for what you believe is right.

  61. Anzie December 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I am in full agreement with this Priest, it is time that someone of authority for the Christian church take a stand against the total lack of respect that funeral attendees show for the families of the deceased person. Additionally the lack of fear or respect for God is astonishing, they display their disrespect by smoking, drinking and totally desecrating the services of the church. To what purpose is throwing illegal contraband, alcoholic beverages and other paraphernalia into the grave of a loved one? They have gone on to their eternal reward those things cannot help them!!! As for the ‘ladies” who do not seem to know how to dress for a funeral, have some respect for yourselves even if you have none for the God who created you or for the person you have come to mourn. This Priest should be supported by all God Fearing christian leaders. For sure I commend him. God Bless him, stand up for the principles of Christ, for folly is indeed a sin.

  62. Carol Bovell
    Carol Bovell December 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I wid you Reverend. This is the age of vipers.I pray for we. I hope de third or fourth or fifth generation can help Barbados

  63. Olutoye Walrond December 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    It’s been clear to me for some time now that as a nation we have crossed the rubicon into a new social paradigm, where civility, decency and rational judgment are fast becoming extinct.

    In this new order, traditional values governing public conduct, morals and inter-personal relations are making a quantum shift. This movement is manifesting itself in the incidence and nature of violent crime, the lewd conduct at musical entertainment shows – very often by the artistes themselves, the excessively loud music in private vehicles, motor cycle hooligans on the roads and the decadent manner of dress of both men and women.

    There used to be a time when we could attend public events and feel quite safe. These days you have to consider what type of event it is and the kind of people it would attract. I have to confess that for the first time in my life I now consider social class when making decisions about what I or my children will attend.

    You are driven to this point when, at what should be a fun-filled football game, a “Wild West”-type melee erupts, with bullets echoing in the air; when your personal safety at public gatherings can be threatened by violent confrontations involving the use of dangerous weapons and missiles; when householders are forced to dive for cover to avoid the bullets of feuding gangs of young men;

    when passengers on a private transport vehicle are forced to flee for safety as one man pulls out a gun and shoots another in the vehicle.

    In 21st. century Barbados young men walk around with their pants waist half-way down their buttocks exposing their underwear, and women force themselves into the tightest and most provocative garments, very often offering us more than a modest view of their breasts. Standards of dress and public conduct have plummeted to appalling levels.

    We have definitely crossed the frontier. The big question is: will people like the Priest who stood up to this disgusting behaviour be able to stem the tide.

  64. Maxine Baker December 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Davidson, I stand with you against the mad behaviour of those young people. I hope the older folk who stood around and kept silent were offering prayers to God that their eyes would become open soon to their evil ways.

    They are not aware that they have attached to themselves Earth-bound deveiish spirits”. They and their parents have no idea that their behaviour began initially from the thoughts that their mothers were focused on most of the time that they carried them in their wombs. As they grew, they felt comfortable to be in the company of persons who behaved lewd because that is what they were exposed to while they were yet unborn.

    Davidson, you must, if you have not already done so, offer prayers continually for that group of young persons that the Christ Spirit within them would “break through” their ignorance and darkness and bring them to his marvellous light.

    We are all to blame for the manner in which our young people behave. They have modelled our behaviour. Even within the church they are times when we leave the Lord’s Supper and before the service ends our behaviour has caused others to wonder why we had bothered to come to church.

    May the Light of Christ enfold us in a mighty way. I am sure that while those young ones were displaying that disrespectful behaviour they had given no thought that they may have been showcasing the kind of behaviour their deceased friend and themselves engaged on a daily basis. THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR THEY ARE BLIND AND FOOLISH.

  65. Mhizz Poke
    Mhizz Poke December 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Hmmmm smh

  66. kay-rani rosita December 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Marijuana addle some people brains

  67. Mhizzeyejoyful December 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I Honestly believe this type of behavior is inappropriate at funerals and disrespectful,why want a Chistian funural if the rev is not allowed to carry out his duties and respected while doing so? Where have the values and morals gone smh!

  68. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    It’s been clear to me for some time now that as a nation we have crossed the rubicon into a new social paradigm, where civility, decency and rational judgment are fast becoming extinct.

    In this new order, traditional values governing public conduct, morals and inter-personal relations are making a quantum shift. This movement is manifesting itself in the incidence and nature of violent crime, the lewd conduct at musical entertainment shows – very often by the artistes themselves, the excessively loud music in private vehicles, motor cycle hooligans on the roads and the decadent manner of dress of both men and women.

    There used to be a time when we could attend public events and feel quite safe. These days you have to consider what type of event it is and the kind of people it would attract. I have to confess that for the first time in my life I now consider social class when making decisions about what I or my children will attend.

    You are driven to this point when, at what should be a fun-filled football game, a “Wild West”-type melee erupts, with bullets echoing in the air; when your personal safety at public gatherings can be threatened by violent confrontations involving the use of dangerous weapons and missiles; when householders are forced to dive for cover to avoid the bullets of feuding gangs of young men;

    when passengers on a private transport vehicle are forced to flee for safety as one man pulls out a gun and shoots another in the vehicle. In 21st. century Barbados young men walk around with their pants waist half-way down their buttocks exposing their underwear, and women force themselves into the tightest and most provocative garments, very often offering us more than a modest view of their breasts.

    Standards of dress and public conduct have plummeted to appalling levels. We have definitely crossed the frontier. The big question is: will people like the Priest who stood up to this disgusting behaviour be able to stem the tide.

  69. E. Jerome Davis December 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Evil thrives when good men do nothing. Adult Barbadians have given up the fight to protect the decency and morality of this country. They laugh or join in, in instances of this nature, or just keep their mouths shout. I am one who will not be silenced by such unruly people. Cowards die many times before their death.

  70. Shay Sofine
    Shay Sofine December 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

    If they want a thug burial why don’t they get a thug to send off their loved ones…it’s obvious they have no respect for The Lord and His people…JS

  71. Denis Beckles
    Denis Beckles December 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

    You did well brother! Stand up for righteousness regardless of the nay Sayers!!

  72. James Wright
    James Wright December 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    This problem has been taking place all over the world for the black man it must come to an end and give us our respect what is well deserved my condolences go out to his family

  73. Georgie Girl December 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Reverend Bowen, thank you for taking a stand on this and sticking to your principles!

  74. Jennifer Holder
    Jennifer Holder December 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

    What is this world coming to?

  75. Dwane M.R. Goddard December 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Davidson to de world .. You are right my frfiend … “If we don’t stand for something we will fall for everything” … “When good people do nothing, evil is allowed to prevail” …
    Stick to your moral persuasion buddy … I support you 200%…
    Went to a funeral at Coral ridge recently and got their just as the body was being wheeled up and decided to stay by the door… the amount of noise coming from the disrespectful crowd outside was horrendous … Unbelievable … and we say we coming to pay our last RESPECT ????
    Maybe funeral directors should note the circumstances surrounding the death and request police to pass through …
    We in Barbados are losing our moral fiber …
    We are blatantly disrespecting God … we will go further downward unless people learn to respect the people and things of God …
    Barbados is a Christian society? Really? on paper … but having churches at every corner doesn’t make us Christian as much as being born in a garage doesn’t make you are car.
    Enough said … Respect Davidson Bowen … Respect !!!

  76. Sangria Tam December 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    We salute you and support you Reverend!!!

  77. Shorty Connell
    Shorty Connell December 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Everybody talking about standing up for your rights why don’t they stand up for the other things going on in the country . Bajans fall for anything and stand for little, let my cuz soul RIP ,the Rev. did what he had too so what, How would we know someone would dust marijuana in the grave so don’t talk about the family should get a soul funeral,stop crying down marijuana its a healer, as I heard a Rev. said they are no christians they are believers in Christ . Everyone can do as they like but not as long as they like……..One love.

  78. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves December 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    A funeral in session friends or associates of the diseased outside smoking, drinking, poring hennessy brandy on the grave, throwing marijuana in the grave,cussing and women dress partly naked along with men confronting the reverend? If you don’t have respect for the living at least you can show some for the dead and to be honest i don’t know the deceased but from the type of people that attended his funeral showed what type of life he chosen to lived and maybe this is what cause his death.Not judging anybody but just saying

  79. Adrian Boyce
    Adrian Boyce December 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    The guy mom was telling him to stop and he refused, just continued on his way merrily, their is a time and a place for everything, while the service was going on the churchyard was like a chimney, then by the time we proceeded to the graveyard their was a continuation, and through all of this the persons are the guy’s cousins, that’s the worst part of the whole situation, the problem with the society today, we have children controlling their parents, no one is willing to stand up and tell them when they are wrong, any time you have a friend and they cant tell you are wrong, they aren’t your friend. Well done Fr Bowen, we will continue to support you as you try your best to deal with some of the ills in this society.

  80. Deidre Jackman
    Deidre Jackman December 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I’m with you all the way Rev.Bowen we can’t allow our society to be control by these lawless youth …

  81. Tony Waterman December 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    @NAKED DEPARTURE – The Trilogy Series !!! to you and all those who MIGHT have participated in that irreverend behaviour there is an old Quote by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the Cowardice of Intellectuals at that period in History, and it is attributable to Barbados Today, People in Barbados who do not agree with what is happening in the present day Bajan Society should SPEAK UP,otherwise this is what they will eventually be obliged to say.
    :- First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  82. Kara Katrina
    Kara Katrina December 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    What a shame very disgusting behavior

  83. Willa alleyne December 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Dave you were absolutely right i back you 100% every where seems to have rules except the church these are really the last days.

  84. Diana Cadogan
    Diana Cadogan December 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    The church has a right to refuse to provide services for non members.

  85. Art December 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Not the Barbados where i grew up.

  86. JCal Berakah
    JCal Berakah December 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Having been in this type so situation with associate pastors experiencing the same, I know of what the Reverend speaks and stand with him on this. Not only are these situations disrespectful but are particularly disconcerting and dangerous. The ignorant will say what they want but you have to do what is right. Stand your ground Sir.

  87. JCal Berakah
    JCal Berakah December 16, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    As far as I know marijuana is still illegal in Barbados.

  88. Buffy Prescod
    Buffy Prescod December 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I think the reverend was wrong to leave,he’s a reverend for a reasons that position was given to him by the Almighty an he just left the people who depended on him most hanging,don’t mind what others do do your part to those who need u.

  89. Judy Boyce Belgrave December 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    How I Do understand where he is coming from but at the same time what is the worry is the mother of the child . She dedicates so much to the church it was not about the fool who committed the act. This is the point. Please don’t miss the point people a committed mother who loosed her child should never be left stranded for a fool , by the way why judge theses people when you can pray for the loss souls. Stop judging and reach out for the young ones what happen to the saying if you have as much faith as a mustard seed you can move mountains pray for the youths leave the judging to God.

  90. Judy Boyce Belgrave December 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    When they crucified Jesus he said Lord Forgive them for they know not what the are doing. If Jesus asked for forgiveness why couldn’t Rev Bowen

  91. margaret howell December 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Listen people we are clearly living in critical times as described in the Bible at 2 Tim 3:1-5. The attitudes we see today are prevalent in all societies all over the world. Newsflash it’s not going to get any better. The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one. We need God’s kingdom it’s the only hope for mankind,we need to keep praying for it to come. As stated in the Lord’s prayer the model prayer Jesus left for us to follow.

  92. patrick prime December 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I back the reverend 101 % if i was there i would have alerted the police because i am sure police were close by.

  93. Anderson N Bowen December 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    101% support Reverend. All sort of bleeding hearts trying to apportion blame to everyone except to the pond scum, riff raff and yahoos that now infiltrate every nook and cranny. I’m sorry that he didn’t encourage them to go and lie down on top of the casket and get covered over as well. Unfortunately the nature of these things leave many right thinking people completely dumbfounded. Why are we calling on ‘strangers’ to lend their voices when the deceased family must have been right there as well? Anyhow, de mortunis nil nisi bonum – of the dead, speak no ill.
    Nuff said!!

  94. Sofia Sommers December 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Mis-guided and mis-informed youth, trying to follow a tradition (tribute) when they don’t know how. The Rev was right to take a stand.

    Today you see people, mainly men and youths, in the parking lot drinking and smoking DURING the funeral service. I have even seen vendors doing brisk trade. People do not know right from wrong any more. We have to pull back from foolishness and educate.

  95. Winston Corbin December 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Mr. Bowen Sir,
    I am sorry for your predicament but these are the last days when evil will take precedence over good!
    Here is the reason the adults present who knew all those bad-behaved boys did not dare say a word to them: They were all afraid that their houses would be burned down, their animals killed, their crops vandalized or some other evil would soon be perpetrated against them! The local police cannot protect and most times have no luck in finding the criminals!!

  96. Simple Mind December 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    The comment coming from the person name Kim says a lot about what our society has become. The Minister was right and he should not back down. I have witness what he said happened myself at a funeral and I was so angry I lefted. I have said many times before in other forums that the GHETTO CULTURE will destroy Barbados. I’m sorry to say, we are too far west to go back east. Only God can help us now. Ignorance and lawlessness rules Barbados now.


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