‘It’s slavery’

Pastor say drug users are enslaving themselves

A local religious leader has likened illegal drug use to slavery and has committed his ministry to rescuing young people from the scourge.

Pastor of Empowerment International Ministries Roger Husbands has also declared war on community drug pushers, while stressing that school must not be seen as a “chill-out spot”.

Husbands made the commitment at his  Roebuck Street church on Sunday, where nine boys and young men graduated from a programme run by the Drug  Education and Counselling Services (DESC) of which the pastor is the founder.

“Drugs is an easy way to enslave oneself. We can enslave ourselves by the drugs we use, because drugs itself will . . .  make you feel that you cannot achieve.

“Our forefathers, our grandfathers, have fought for this, for us to be free and not slaves again,” he said.

The church leader said he had seen the effect drug use was having on young people, blaming narcotics for driving the youth towards violence.

“An alarming [number] of young people . . . are turning to violence instead of using conflict resolution and anger management styles to make wise and proper decisions.

“We at Drug Education Counselling Services will lead the fight continuously against this menace, and these manipulators about Barbados trying to make a dollar off of people, your days are numbered, because we are going to capture all those young people that you decided to poison with your foolishness,” Husbands promised.

He advised the young people, “if you continue to go school and use school as a chill-out spot and not learn the education and skills which is given to you free, you will sooner realize that you are once again devaluing this nation.

“You are Barbados’ only way of improvement, and we have to start seeing you as . . . an asset and not always a liability,” the pastor stressed.

Husbands urged all of Barbados to join in the fight against drug use and trafficking by being vigilant and reporting to the police or Crimestoppers any signs of this illegal activity in the communities.

DESC is described as a faith based non-governmental organization working with young boys and girls with substance abuse and behavioural issues to help them find hope and freedom from these menaces.

Husband said it has treated over 1,000 young people since it began operating some 12 years ago. Many of these youths, he said, had been referred from the probation department, Edna Nicholls [Centre], magistrate courts, schools and parents.

6 Responses to ‘It’s slavery’

  1. Hal Austin August 31, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Why church ministers talk about ‘war’ on drugs? Is it a holy war?
    Why don’t they declare war on the big importers, the Mr Bigs, the New Barbadian drug smugglers who make their wealth on illegal contraband? Those who go around buying repossessed homes
    in cash.

  2. seagul August 31, 2016 at 7:13 am

    In the name of our common values we never accept hate on the basis of religious or spiritual reason.
    Deeper soul campaigns for a social change towards brotherhood..Deeper Soul…a very grounded….
    We can transform lives to a future of healthy sustainable living….

  3. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude August 31, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Illegal….. key word

  4. Alex Alleyne August 31, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Someone must take the lead on drugs in Barbados like RODNIGO DUTERTE President of the Philippines. If not this Gun/Drug situation will last as long {if not longer} and discuss longer than minibus/ZR situation. All talk no action and we will be going no where. Its like 3 blind men in a dark room trying to catch a black cat.

  5. Malcolm Kyle August 31, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    A few simple facts:

    * An elected government should not declare war and militarize against its own people. Historically, the use of force to address/prohibit non-violent, victimless activities has produced only negative results.

    * In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. This has resulted in the number of people infected with HIV who are drug addicts dropping from 50 per cent to 20 per cent, and new diagnoses of HIV among addicts dropping from approximately 3,000 to below 2,000 annually. The number of drug overdose deaths declined from 400 to 290 a year between 2001 and 2006, and “problematic” drug use and drug use among adolescents has decreased.

    * Illegal Drug Cartels cannot operate without the support of politicians, bureaucrats, and police officers.

    * Keeping various psychoactive plants and their derivatives illegal and unregulated means robberies, home invasions, murders, broken families, shattered lives—all mostly done by law enforcement agencies. Add to that list: environmental devastation, poisoning of lands, streams and wildlife—all preventable by regulated legalization.

    * As with torture, prohibition is a grievous crime against humanity. If you support it, or even simply tolerate it by looking the other way while others commit it, you are an accessory to a very serious moral transgression against humanity.

  6. jrsmith August 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    And he said , our forefathers and our grandfathers have fought for this, for us to be free and not slaves again. slavery was of benefit to the white man then and still we are control in this white world today. but blacks is still being enslaved , by the religious manufacturers..

    I would ask him the question he must be honest, does he know of any of the bigs up who import the drugs and guns into Barbados , these people who are protected and if he does why not expose the culprits . What is strange he was involve with the system for 12 years , strange…


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