Stop the Kadooment slide, please!
A group of church leaders today led a stinging attack on Barbadians, “including Christians [who] forget God to revel and enjoy the flesh” during Crop Over.
At a press conference to launch Operation Intercession, a 24-hour prayer vigil to be held August 2, the church leaders also blasted “the rise of non-Christian religions”, which they claimed also aided in the “immorality” that challenged the foundations on which the country was built.
Rev John Carter of Word Alive Christian Centre in Warrens, St Michael contended that there had been a moral, social and economic decline here in recent times, especially during Crop Over.
“Tens of thousands of people, including Christians forget God to revel and enjoy the flesh,” Carter lamented, blaming “increasing prayerlessness” for a number of ills, including murders.
However, he was confident that the vigil, a collaboration among over 20 churches, would spread blessings throughout the country during the festive weekend.
Apostle David Coulthrust of the same church took strong objection to Grand Kadooment, claiming that those who participated in the revelry were intellectually dishonest.
“I call it intellectual dishonesty because we have some intellectuals in this country that back whatever this is that we’re going to do on the 3rd of August. And those same intellectuals will cite history and talk about the Church’s historical involvement . . . and forget that the slaves came up with Crop Over as an event to honour . . . and thank God for the harvest.
“These are the same intellectuals [who] will tell you we need to honour history, we need to be true to our roots
. . . then will allow something significant as Crop Over to slide into Kadooment, because this is not what those guys created,” said Coulthrust.
He referred to the island’s most anticipated event as “an offshoot of carnival”, unrelated to Barbadian history.
The pastor of 15 years contended that “Crop Over is Christian, Kadooment is not”.
He commended the Experience Tent and Walk Holy Band for “trying to keep the festival as a Crop Over festival and not let it slide into Kadooment”.
Pastor Paul Watson of the Messiah House Wesleyan Holiness Worship Centre shared similar sentiments, and called on the authorities to “take a stand and arrest some of these people for having sex in public, and destroying public morals” of the country’s youth.
“I’ve often called the authorities from my pulpit [to do something],” said Watson.
He pleaded with the media to play their part by refusing to publish photographs of the revellers, before Coulthrust interjected: “It’s pornography.”