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Churches are the next target- 2018 Speech from Throne; Did anyone listen?

- Look out churches, you are the next target, as new regulations are coming!
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka 'Gus', at lectern, about to deliver the Speech from the Throne in the House of Assembly on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), standing left, makes a statement while Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, listens attentively in the House of Assembly on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), standing left, makes a statement while Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, listens attentively in the House of Assembly on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO
Chairman of the Christian Council Bishop John I. Cline, left, said recently, that the church hence the religious community, will be very active in the upcoming general election. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
Chairman of the Christian Council Bishop John I. Cline, left, said recently, that the church hence the religious community, will be very active in the upcoming general election. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The average resident is now preoccupied with getting a roof over his heads, a job, and crime overwhelming the Virgin Islands (VI).

Outside of the political class, and the media, not much attention was paid to the 2018 Speech from the Throne delivered by United Kingdom appointed Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ on Thursday March 1, 2018 at the First Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA).

It was also the return of Parliamentarians to the HoA Chambers in Road Town, following the destructive hurricanes of September 2017, that left elected members homeless, as the building was gutted, leaving only the frame standing.

Short speech but….

One thing Governor Jaspert was given credit for by those who cared, or had time or interest to listen, is that the speech was short. However, it contained the same old laundry list of promises of legislations, but nothing will happen, according to political observers, unless of course it has to do with the financial services sector or a demand made by the UK or an election gimmick.

What the residents really want to know is a date for the next general elections and who can help them find jobs, fix their homes and businesses after the looting and the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Residents also want to know when mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles will stop shedding endless tears over their loved ones, brutally murdered by gun violence in what the Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews described as a “gang war.”

Churches look out!

The latest target of the speech was the religious community. The Queen’s Representative Mr Jaspert told the public that when it comes to Ecclesiastical Affairs “our Government embarked on a journey to put legislation in place to ensure we are in line with 21st century realities.”

He noted that “As we go forward in this session, regulations for Ecclesiastical Affairs will be introduced to allow for clear guidelines and a smoother, more efficient and transparent handling of religious affairs.”

Many residents are skeptical of this and asked out loud if this is a new attack on religious freedoms. Chairman of the Christian Council Bishop John I. Cline said recently that the church, hence the religious community, will be very active in the upcoming general election.

The Government, through the throne speech, also promised yet again the 10 year old and long awaited Consumer Protection Bill, and the Freedom of Information Bill; however, the public will not hold their breath.

More bills coming to a country near you!

We all remembered the ruling party slogan from 2003 to 2007- ‘government in the sunshine’- and we are now promised yet again a review of the Register of Interests Act, “a Code of Conduct which will govern the operations of Ministers of Government.”

Another important Bill that the public will wait to see, if it comes to past, is the Sexual Offences Bill, as sexual harassment in the work place, both in the public and private sectors, is on the rise, where both genders are now affected.

Also ‘coming soon’ to a country near you, according to the 2018 VI Government throne speech, are an Architects and Engineers Registration Bill, Flexible Working Arrangements Bill, Children (Care and Adoption) Bill, as well as a Disaster Management Bill, and Witness Anonymity Legislation.

22 Responses to “Churches are the next target- 2018 Speech from Throne; Did anyone listen?”

  • Bozo (02/03/2018, 12:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this fake news?
  • rattie (02/03/2018, 13:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow
  • Mountain Dove (02/03/2018, 13:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dear lord,
    Please protect and guide this country through these dark times. Government looking to control church affairs now?! Be careful and vigilent people, no un godly behaviours and regulations are welcomed here. In the n ame of he holy spirit i pray. AMEN...
    • LOL (02/03/2018, 15:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where did you read that Government trying to control church affairs?
  • Powerloverpower (02/03/2018, 13:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very interested in knowing what is meant.

    Ecclesiastical Affairs “our Government embarked on a journey to put legislation in place to ensure we are in line with 21st century realities.
  • Twy (02/03/2018, 13:43) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Governor I am very troubled over all the talks of corruption by our politicians. Contractors are complaining over the heavy kickbacks that Government officials are demanding from them. They are concerned that after paying these officials they will have to cut corners on building projects in order to complete these projects
  • @vino (02/03/2018, 14:02) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Afternoon folks thank you for allowing us to express our freedom of expression as long as they are not in anyway slanderous or defamatory. It is with this note i would like to express my deepest sympathy t o all the mothers,fathers, brothers, sisters , aunts uncles , and other family members, who have lost loved ones through gun violence in the territory. On the other hand. while we blame everyone from the Police to the Governor for these occurrences we seldom blame some of these same family members ...i said some because some of them have raised and have been covering up for some of these young men for too long, most of whom live in the same household as they. and know of their illegal activities but failed to correct them. Some church leaders have used the cover of the clergy to hide their devious agenders instead of preaching the gospel as Chrit himself asked them to do. No wonder they are have been targeted. Finally VINO why don't you ran a piece condemning the slate of crimes in our territory? I say this from my heart I do believe the esteemed one is quite capable of spear heading this.
  • Good Question (02/03/2018, 15:42) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    I wonder why the hurricane damaged so many churches??? Were they doing something wrong in the eyes of god???
  • Xxx (02/03/2018, 16:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nod must go
  • Xxx (02/03/2018, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just to get after the clines
  • Sue (02/03/2018, 19:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why you must say Churches who are they going for people pray and pray hard
  • voter (02/03/2018, 19:45) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    LET THEM MESS WITH GOD'S PEOPLE THEY WILL HEAR THE NEWS
  • apple pie (02/03/2018, 20:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I sick of paying thieths and still brokes
  • first things first (03/03/2018, 06:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's get some audits done first at least to 2015, and stop the killings, and shore up the borders and ports of entry, and stop the gun smuggling and then we can trouble everyone else. So yeah, priorities. Because your line of "21 Century Realities" really means nothing without those priorities being done.
  • Do unto others as you would want done to you. (03/03/2018, 08:23) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Religion is a a man made thing. It’s brainwashing that has lasted centuries originally started for the purpose of someone or a group of people to control others thoughts and actions! As each new generation comes there are fewer and fewer people with faith and using prayer to solve problems. There’s more education & science proves it’s all made up and that evolution of man and earth has actually happened over millions of years.
    With that said I think “some” people of faith truly believe what they believe and whether it’s brainwashing or not it helps them cope, live well and help others, which is good. Then there’s the “other group” that use it as a crutch instead of doing something about a problem they just pray about it or they feel they can act badly and then just ask for forgiveness. Which is a crazy way of living and thinking.
    If you look around the world the basis for so many problems......war, violence and unrest all comes down to their religion. Through all the worlds many religions it would be a much better place if the churches stopped stealing money from the vulnerable perishioners who look to them for guidance and to fill a void. And if people actually lived treating others how they wish to be treated and followed some of the basic teachings of Christianity regardless of god, heaven or hell and if everyone became proactive in helping themselves instead of just praying for help that is never going to come their way this world would run much smoother.
    Help yourselves BVI!!!! Don’t pray for the shootings to stop. As a community stop them! Don’t pray for your country to be rebuilt get out and help do it.
  • warcher (03/03/2018, 12:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many countries have legislation against so called “ preachers “ and televangelists. That includes the UK. The laws are designed to protect vulnerable and credulous people against religious charlatans. Not a bad idea imho.
  • Mountain Dove (03/03/2018, 21:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @LOL...im sorry that i didnt use word for word from the text.....but if it makes you feel better....."our Government embarked on a journey to put legislation in place to ensure we are in line with 21st century realities.” what do you think in line means? They want to come with an agenda and have you push that agenda.....in my opinion...feel better since i had to dumb down my opinion for you?
  • facts man (03/03/2018, 21:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ndp will be gone next election so they would not get time to go after the churches
  • Advisor (03/03/2018, 22:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to put something in place for all the convenience marriages within the Territory. Too many love hate relationship. Too many children suffering, local homes and land are taken or shared with expatriates for the want of greed. Just for status in the Country and to acquire our Br. & VI passports after acquiring their wanted possessions, they file for divorce then sometimes go and marry their own foreigners. Women and men in this country need to be vigilant. Now that we went through Irma and Maria we are going to have plenty of love hate marriages, I personally feel lots of bad things are going to happen. These men and women aren't taking time to know each other before they get married. Please help our people don't let them suffer no more
    • martha (04/03/2018, 07:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ummmm. As a ‘professional’ expatriate the last thing I would want is to marry a local for their passport! I feel all the ‘professional’ expatriates I know are a group of educated, loving families with strong marriages and well looked after kids......far better than anything I’ve witnessed locally. They all love their home country and citizenship and also love the beauty of BVI and their experience on island.
      • Who the Cap Fits (06/03/2018, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Clearly the Advisor is not saying everyone is doing it, Martha, but it is a concern because it is happening. Do you think it is right?
  • Billfargo (06/03/2018, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds like a Governor with Common Sense to me! It is about time to but some of these crooks out of business......


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