Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 27th 2015 Contents there cannot be corporal punishment any more
in schools. Parents can threaten teachers and
there is no protection there. We have modified
certain laws and we have made mistakes.
Are you suggesting Rev that we should
reintroduce the whip in our schools?
Not really but we...the replacement...no replace-
ment for that! So we tell the teachers you cannot
even upbraid the
need for the old tim
in the house, yo
dean of discipline
in the school, so y
a breakdown i
school and we h
lost it. So tell m
something the chil
runs the school!
s deal directly with your neck of the woods, the clergy. Have
rgy---across the board---failed us?
e is failure. All the institutions have failed. In a sense we have failed.
u talk about individuals pastors, priests, you are not going to find
us a bunch of saints. People have been critical of certain pastors
ightly so, because we have failed in our personal life but basically,
ving away from the individual priests for now. Religions in TT have
ned a very high standard in terms of morality.
t it a paradoxical nature for this country which is inundated
ble crime especially homicides when there is a proliferation
? Don t you feel a sense of being let down that people are
not hearing the message?
meditative moment) Yeah. Yeah. We come around full circle here
very first question. But Mr. Raphael nobody but nobody can say,
ally in Trinidad and Tobago, that we have not heard the message
uth and we have not been challenged to a higher purer form of
ing. The more civilized way of governing ourselves. The church has
ot failed meaning all the religious organizations and, even in the
time of Jesus He had a problem with that too because
the people were very religious in those days. They were
praying several times a day and Jesus said: "Listen nah
man these people honour me with their lips but their
hearts are far from me" (Gesticulating with open arms)
And this is exactly what you are saying, too.
That there are people today who are going to crowd
up the churches for Christmas. There won t be room
for them, right? And we are glad for that but somewhere
along the line all the religious leaders in this country
are very concerned, but we are teaching the religion
and when it comes to the practice of the religion some-
thing is missing. I don t know if we are not doing it
Want to suggest what is missing?
Most of the great theologians have also pointed out
that besides the rituals in religions the ethics, the
ethical content in religion, is missing. I think that is
what you are getting at. And we have noticed over
the centuries that religion is not only doctrine and
teaching but it is also the ethical and moral component
that is missing in our religion.
So that you will agree evil is triumphing over
the good today?
(Emphatically) Nah. I cannot say that evil is on the
ascendancy. I will not go there at all, evil has always
been there in human history and this confrontation
between good and evil---nobody has found the real
answer for that. Evil is restless, meaning the wickedness
in people, and there is a more powerful force in the
world than evil and that is the force of goodness,
hope, and love which is the primary message of Christ-
I don t want you or anybody else to even think
that evil is gaining the ascendancy in our land today
it has not. Our statistics are frightening when it comes
to crime but I repeat evil is not in the ascendancy in
Trinidad Tobago. And this is the summary of the
Christmas story; it is the power of the love of God.
This is why I speak with so much hope and con-
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Presbyterian minister and former independent
Senator Rev Daniel Teelucksingh.
'Nobody can say that we have not
heard the message of truth, and
have not been challenged to a
higher purer form of living.'
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