Foolish talk!

Utter nonsense!

That’s how one Anglican priest has dismissed the recent discussion and controversy surrounding a “seminary student” with a dreadlocked hairstyle.

Reverend Davidson Bowen of the St Philip The Less Anglican Chuch in St Peter entered the debate a week after one newspaper highlighted the matter in a front page picture, noting that the newspaper got it wrong in the first place by stating that the student was a priest.

He was speaking during the church’s 154th anniversary service where he boldly declared that many Christians were robbers – “robbing” others of an experience with God.

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Reverend Davidson Bowen

“The church has become a proverbial den of robbers,” he told the congregation. “If we are robbing anyone, we need to stop. It is time for us to put aside malice and envy and do the work of God.”

Contending that a hairstyle could not stop anyone from entering the Kingdom of God, he declared: “If so, I am going to grow locs tomorrow!”.

He wondered aloud when the “foolishness” would stop, arguing that if persons with locs were not welcome in the Church, then the same could apply to women with traditional “male” short Afro hairstyles.

The priest stretched the argument even further, adding that pretty soon fat people and very dark-skinned people may not be allowed in church.

“We need to meet people where they are in life,” insisted Reverend Bowen.

“We need to move out of the past and take the Church into the future,” he added in his sermon. “The church now can’t exist in the past because the people of the present will suffer and if we look around we will see the people are suffering.”

 

11 Responses to Foolish talk!

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    A man of wisdom. Praise Jah. I rather worship Jah in my house than to step into a church where some humans are full of hate, envy, anger and greed.

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    A man of wisdom. Praise Jah. I rather worship Jah in my house than to step into a church where some humans are full of hate, envy, anger and greed.

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    A man of wisdom. Praise Jah. I rather worship Jah in my house than to step into a church where some humans are full of hate, envy, anger and greed.

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  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Man judge the outward God judges the heart simple,many will say in that day lord lord lord…..

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  5. Winston Crichlow
    Winston Crichlow March 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    why is it that whenever someone disagrees with us or have a different opinion, we call it ‘foolishness’ and ‘nonsense’. You just need to say you disagree with what was said. That’s all.

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  6. DeAmour Murrell
    DeAmour Murrell March 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    To be honest, I cannot name a single person who would have a problem with his locs. Maybe it’s because those people do not exist in my circle. Today the question is not who has locs but who doesn’t have them! So many people in prominent positions are wearing them! When my Dad graduated from Codrington in the 1970s, all the priests in the photograph were black and wearing afros because that was the style of the day and Blacks in Barbados were becoming more aware of their identity. Locs is the style of this era. Would not surprise me if more people holding positions in the church ended up with them.

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  7. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer March 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    but they go in church quiet and nice after wukking up on the hill.

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  8. Olutoye Walrond March 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    We so love a fight in this country that we have one even when there’s no enemy. The paper that published the dreadlocked student priest did so to highlight what it perceived to be a novelty. It never criticized nor cast any aspersions on the young man. The comments on the paper’s Facebook site were about 99% supportive of the young man, yet we are fighting. Who is the target?

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  9. Clyde March 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Dread locks,Braids,Baldlhead are all beautiful.
    The only reason I don’t have Dread locks, is because my hair does not grow that long.
    As the newspaper said, Altar Servers, choir boys ,practically all groups in the church sport Dread locks.
    Doctors do,so does attorneys,in New York,the Police also wear dread locks,the hair style does not prevent them from doing their job.
    A priest in dread locks should not cause such a stir,you guys should be worrying about the government and what it should be doing to make things better for you.

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