Don’t be haters!

Inniss clears air on Muslim housing development

One of the country’s most outspoken politicians has suggested that the terror being spread by the militant group ISIS in the Middle East is fueling anti-Muslim sentiments in Barbados.

However, Minister of Industry Donville Inniss has warned Barbadians against letting “the bad behaviour and wickedness of less than one per cent of the Muslim community in the world” determine what happens in this country.

The statement by the minister was in response to concerns in some sections of the public about a 37-plot housing development located at Clermont, St James, just opposite Queen’s College.

The project, to be constructed on more than five acres of land, would include a mosque and community centre.

However, residents have questioned reports that only Muslims would be allowed to reside there.

At a constituency branch meeting last evening, Inniss, the member of parliament for the area, dismissed as ‘a lie’ reports that the Freundel Stuart administration was facilitating a Muslim-only community.

He insisted that the owners of the private development had a right to sell plots to whoever they wished.

Minister of Industry Donville Inniss
Minister of Industry Donville Inniss

“The people who have purchased the land at Clermont are Muslims, yes. But they’re Muslims who have been living in St James South from time immemorial. They live in Wanstead, they live in Husbands Heights now, they live at Clermont, they live in Crystal Heights. And let me say this, they are Barbadians. They have the same right as you or I to own a piece of the rock.

“We don’t complain when White foreigners come here and own a piece of the rock, but we want to make a big hullabaloo when people who may be straight haired and may pray five times a day want to own a piece of the rock. They’re Barbadians, they’re entitled to it.

“My position is very simple. I have no objection to the development that’s going on in Clermont. If all of them are Muslims or all of them are Christians, or all of them are Catholics or all or them are atheists, that is their fundamental right.

“Religion has nothing to do with me. Barbados has always been a very tolerant society and I think we should always remain that way. The Muslims are not going to take over Barbados and I’m not getting caught up in scare tactics,” the MP said.

The St James South representative noted that some residents in adjoining communities had expressed concerns about the construction of the mosque and the noise that could be generated during the notification of the Call to Prayer.

Inniss said: “I’ve been given the assurance that this is not an issue because in today’s world with technology they will have facilities in each house that would alert them when its midday or when it is time for prayer . . .

“As far as I am concerned, if you’re not keeping noise to disturb your neighbours then you’re within the law. Mind you, we don’t complain when the church bell rings on Sunday morning at 6 o’clock or at whatever the time. I’m saying the Anglicans have a right to do it or the Catholics or whoever.”

carolwilliams@barbadostoday.bb

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21 Responses to Don’t be haters!

  1. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell October 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    People in Barbados gotta realise that ISIS is funded by the CIA in the USA and set up to give a reason for another war. Gotta wake up and look thro the smoke screens

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    • Addison Cortlandt
      Addison Cortlandt October 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Hmmmm I wonder if they also know that no girls were abducted.

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    • Addison Cortlandt
      Addison Cortlandt October 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Hmmmm I wonder if they also know that no girls were abducted.

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    • Addison Cortlandt
      Addison Cortlandt October 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Hmmmm I wonder if they also know that no girls were abducted.

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Then report the facts since you seem so convinced!

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  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

    As long as it is not a breeding ground for ISIS and he Shariah Law and it is accessible to the public I really do not care what the Muslim Community do. Infact I hope those words don’t come back to bite you Mr Minister.

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  3. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley October 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

    That is the problem Mr .Minister, the Barbadian society has been “tolerant” for far too long and its for that reason why you and your Government believe you can say and do as you please to the citizens of this country and he away with it, but we are saying we have had enough!

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  4. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I do not care who funds ISIS. The same way the “Coolie man” is able to come into my community I should be able to go into his. Other than that I do not have a problem with a housing development for them.

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Just checking to make sure. 🙂 We have had a good relationship with the Muslim community for years and we want it to remain that way.

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    • Clare Seale
      Clare Seale October 14, 2014 at 10:39 am

      I hate the term “coolie man” isn’t that offensive?

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Sorry you find it offensive. They were known by that term for years and they don’t mind being called that as far as I am aware.

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      I dont know why you are making it a problem Aalimah, the concerns were voiced in an earlier comment. Were you not following?

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  5. Halsey Clarke
    Halsey Clarke October 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    You all are saying yes,to a part of barbados where early morning noise and noise 5 times a day calling to pray.
    Where no one can enter except the ministers who got paid to say they don’t care.

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks for clearing that up Haroon. You must understand our frustrations because there is very little information available to the public where things like these are concern. Besides where in the Middle East can we go and purchase housing lots and live with such liberty.

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    • Halsey Clarke
      Halsey Clarke October 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Is that not what they said about the London Finsbury mosque in London, after being build the religious card will be used.

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    • Halsey Clarke
      Halsey Clarke October 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Cheryl, no religion can build a building in Saudi Arabia,millions of religious people live and work in Saudi Arabia, but only 3 so call churches,and no other religious.,but that is taking us away from the subject as we are speaking about Bajans

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Ok give us an example where freedom of religion is expressed in the middle east.

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins October 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      I thought so, no example!! Now let us all get along and live among each other and stop the segregation.

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  6. Clare Seale
    Clare Seale October 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I don’t blame them if they want to live “segregated”. Bajans are a bunch of backward c**ts. I don’t see where all this hate coming from.

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  7. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul October 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    OMG I was reading these comments and trying to understand each person point of view. Clare Seals you commented that Bajans are a bunch of backward c***ts. Earlier you said you hate the term “coolie man” as it is offensive. Now what you said about Bajans is that not offensive also. I do agree as with every culture SOME people do and say crazy things. You put ALL Barbadians in one basket as being backwards. I hope that YOU are intelligent enough not to ever live in or visit Barbados, WE would not want you to be surrounded by US backward people.

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  8. Terence M Blackett October 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Barbados has been sold down the river a long time ago! Anyone who has not been sleep-walking into the current fiscal anomalies which the country is now experiencing would be CLUELESS* as to how we got here…

    Any ethnic group with some $CASH$ can call shots on the gov’t of the day while certain hands get greased to allow these FOLKS* to get away with anything…

    We all know that “MUSLIMS” live in “COMMUNITIES”… Come to the UK & visit “BRADFORD” & you will understand why… There’s economic, religious & ethnic power in communities… These FOLKS* have been doing this for 100’s of years as a means of strengthening their clout in the “FOREIGN” countries they occupy…

    Where “OUTRAGE” should come from the MASSES* of BAJANS* is whether preferential treatment is being given to one class over another & if it can be proven then the “PEOPLE” have a right of “PROTEST” including holding “ELECTED” officials liable at the BALLOT BOX & in the courts…

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