No morals!

Pastor takes aim at Bush Hill sex trade

Don’t mock God!

This was the stern piece of advice issued last night by one local evangelical leader to the authorities and Barbadians in general, as he added his voice to the recent public debate over morality.

It was Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler who re-ignited the issue during a political meeting of his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) last month at which he suggested that the next general election would really be fought on moral grounds.

Sinckler had also stated at the time that it was really up to DLP supporters to protect “the moral heart of the country”.

In response, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s representative for St George South Dwight Sutherland told a BLP political meeting last week that members of the ruling party should be the last ones to speak about morality, at the same time accusing the DLP of being nothing short of corrupt.

While not getting involved in the political blame game, Pastor Leroy Small has sought to warn Barbadians that they are only fooling themselves into thinking “we are a moral society”.

“Remember God is not mocked,” the church leader said.

Zeroing in on the illegal sex trade, which he said was being openly practised within the precincts of the historic Garrison Savannah, at Bush Hill, under the cover of darkness, he called on the authorities to stop turning a blind eye to prostitution, and to urgently move to shed some light on the illegal practice.

“We all know what the Garrison is known for at night and it is not the history that the place has,” the evangelical leader said, while suggesting that “as simple as a flick of a light switch and the scourge of prostitution at the Garrison Savannah will be over”.

Speaking during a Week of Prayer at the Faith Revival Centre on Maxwell, Christ Church, Small further warned, “Things done in darkness must be brought to light”.

However, for the moment he said “whenever there is an event at the Garrison at night, the place is a ghost town” since “evil needs the cover of darkness in order to operate [and] the big ups in society that frequent this spot don’t want their cars easily seen”.

The religious leader further lamented that Barbadians in general seemed to have adopted a “don’t ask, don’t tell approach to the situation”. He also likened them to the proverbial ostrich that buries its head in the sand.

“If you watch those spy movies you hear the term plausible deniability. We seem to be operating in the same way and think we are fooling God, who knows the very thoughts of man. I have never read of a person being brought before the court for prostitution, yet everybody knows it takes place every night at Bush Hill,” he told the congregation.

“Everybody knows that the problem can be solved by simply lighting the area brightly, but we pretend there is no such problem and that Barbados is the land of values and high morals,” he said.

As further evidence of a prevailing double standard, he said Barbadians were known to be up in arms if a singer graphically described the anatomy of a woman in a song, while turning a blind eye to women parading in the nude at the Garrison.

However, the fiery preacher said: “I should be able to take my children to the Garrison at night in the play park if the moon is bright without having to fear that they might see something which might scar them for life.”

Warning that the island stood to pay a high price for prostitution, he said: “When we normalize this type of behaviour our children will pay the price. Young girls are being taught that prostitution is an employment option. We have politicians talking about organizing the sex trade as if it is something good to do. Our children are going to pay the price,” he stressed.

9 Responses to No morals!

  1. margaret d. gill December 10, 2016 at 3:03 am

    Not to do a slippery slope argument, but the light should also be turned on on domestic abuse of women in church congregations among priests pastors and layity. I know of at least one personally and have heard of several from women who named themselves as victims of their pastor/priest husband. Right here in Barbados among the established and non-established denominations and religions.

  2. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes December 10, 2016 at 3:48 am

    My advise for the good pastor why dont you take a few of your flock and go up there a night and pray for them, show them that their is a better way in life rope them in that they return to the church …after all Jesus showed no fear in where he went and went where he was needed !!!!! ……….But then again it safer for the pastor to talk behind the paper instead of going out there and do something about it …(walks away)

  3. clint December 10, 2016 at 7:58 am

    “Everybody knows that the problem can be solved by SIMPLY lighting the area brightly? Which problem is solved? Prostitution or Prostitution at the Garrison. This recommendation is as simplistic research-void emotional pronounce which would bear no fruit in either stopping prostitution at the Garrison or prostitution proper. Prostitution is a complex societal phenomena that has existed from prehistoric time. Any attempt to rid Barbados of prostitution, if there exist an iota of it happening, will require a complex societal approach. Even then, one may have to be resolved that even this approach would bear little fruit if any at all due to the main fact of the complexities of prostitution one of which is that prostitution does not only occur at the Garrison.

  4. babsie December 10, 2016 at 9:18 am

    To the Pastor and the government Minister as well as all those who thinks they have the answer and speak publicly about morailty, always remember these words before you speak. “He who is without sin cast the first stone”. Ask Pastor Durant.

  5. seagul December 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This is really sad. Where is the respectability in prostitution-slavery. Our moral integrity is not to be place on a shelf. This is legalizing corruption. Having learnt the first hand harrowing experienced from a soul buddy who was kidnapped at 13 yrs old and forced to be a captive prostitute in her native Colombia. To feel the pain of that woman is something awful you don’t forget–absolute terror. We’ are placing commercial interest above the dignity of our sons and daughters…….. is this the road we want to go down. There’s no doubt we would pay a high price for prostitution. When we normalize this type of behavior our children will pay the price. Young girls are being taught that prostitution is an employment option. This is the meaning of a pimpers paradise.

  6. Jennifer December 10, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Pastor, I am afraid that you are a little too late. One of the commenters said that “Prostitution is a complex societal phenomena that has existed from prehistoric time and will require a complex societal approach”. Although this might be true to an extent as we can clearly see prostitution in the scriptures. Point being – man is first sinful bearing both good and evil. The church is mainly to blame for a lot of this world wide mess. What is the difference between prostitution, tattoos, men without beards (effeminate), sun worship, adultery, worshiping false gods ie the ones of xman, Easter, Halloween, new years etc, man lying with mankind. They all are sin in a nutshell and the church leaders are all thick in this mess too. The church is responsible for all this mess happening as they say that god laws are done away with and come as you are you will be accepted. When scripture says nothing like this. The watchmen remain blind and refuse to bring the truth (if they even know it). Good luck to you, it will take a societal effort and will remain with us to the very end. The only person who can change this is the most high through the army he is raising up. I suggest you try to save yourself.

  7. Lux December 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Of course they will go for a “moral grounds” fight in the election. They have tanked the economy and loaded everyone with taxes, so they can’t fight on economic grounds. Reading between the lines, they will likely use homophobia against the BLP in the future. They believe the public is easily swayed by moral panics, and want to use people’s disgust of prostitution as steam to drive people to back them. An issue that is nothing new, and obvious emotional fodder if you bring it up. You know what causes an increase in prostitution? Downturns in the economy. If they actually grew the economy and more people were able to meet their monthly expenses, fewer people would desperately turn to Bush Hill.

  8. Kevin December 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    We Bajans dont let ‘morals’ sway our votes.

  9. Sam Pillie December 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    If Mayor Juliannie cleaned up 42nd Street in New York, Bush Hill is a piece of cake to get rid of. If the authorities are willing to eliminate Bush Hill they can do that within 24 hours. The morals of Barbados lies with the Government of the day and none of them are interested in stopping the less fortunate from making a dollar.


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