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CORRECTION/UPDATE – Obeah is illegal under Criminal Code in the Virgin Islands

- Local Pastors call it evil & satanic
Obeah is illegal in the Virgin Islands under the Criminal Code with many reports that some people have engaged in the practice and have travelled to many countries to engage in the ritual. There continues to be unconfirmed reports that many worked Obeah in the last general elections. The pentagram is the first and most obvious witchcraft symbol.
Both local religious leaders Bishop John I Cline (right) and Pastor Howard Simon believe the practice of Obeah is satanic and not of God, and those who engage in same are getting their power from the devil.
Both local religious leaders Bishop John I Cline (right) and Pastor Howard Simon believe the practice of Obeah is satanic and not of God, and those who engage in same are getting their power from the devil.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The practise of Obeah is well known and is practised all around the Caribbean, with the Virgin Islands (VI) being no exception. Virgin Islanders have for years claimed to have seen evidence and heard reports of the practise, which some describes as a satanic ritual.

Very recently, there have been reports not independently confirmed by this news site, of some persons allegedly running for public office and their supporters in the last general elections spending huge sums of monies on the practice of Obeah to get elected, prevent others from winning and going overseas to work Obeah to places such as Haiti, Suriname, and even as far as Africa.

In was alleged that a pig with its head cut off was found at Nanny Cay a few months ago. It was also alleged that the pig had the name of politicians in it. While Virgin Islands News Online was able to confirm that a pig was indeed found at Nanny Cay with its head cut off, no information was verified about the names of politicians or others in or next to the animal’s carcass.

The term Obeah in the Caribbean region refers to folk magic, black magic, sorcery and religious practices that derive from Central and West African origins. Obeah is often associated with evil magic and curses that ruin and endanger the lives of others.

Criminal Code in Virgin Islands forbids the practice of Obeah

Olva McKenzie of the Law Reform Commission, clarified to this news site that while the Obeah Act was repealed in 1997, Section 209 of the Criminal Code makes provision for its prosecution.

This news site obtained a copy of the Criminal Code of 1997 which read: A person practising or dealing in Obeah or Myalism means a person who, to effect any fraudulent or unlawful purposes or for gain, or for the purpose of frightening any person, uses or pretends to use any occult means, or pretends to possess any supernatural power or knowledge and an “instrument of Obeah or Myalism” means anything commonly used in or associated with the practise of Obeah or Myalism.

The law states a person who commits an offence is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or both if he; - Practises or deals in Obeah or Myalism; -For any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, consults any person practising or reputed to be practising, or who has been convicted of any offense under any law relating to, Obeah or Myalism;

-for the purpose of effecting any purpose or bringing about any event by the use of occult means or any supernatural power or knowledge, consults any person practising or reputed to be practising Obeah or Myalism, or any person who has been convicted of any offence under any law relating to Obeah or Myalism and agrees to reward the person so consulted.

Local religious leaders' views on the practise of Obeah

Two local pastors in the Virgin Islands have spoken out against the practice of Obeah and described it as “satanic and evil” while calling on God-fearing people to stand firm in their faith against such practice.

In an exclusive interview with Bishop John I. Cline of the New Life Baptist Church, he said: “The Devil is real, and he has his messengers that we call demons, he uses his demons in strategic ways to affect the lives of people, which we call Witch Craft or Obeah. Jesus devoted his ministry to healing the sick and casting out demons and we are the representatives of Jesus, so that is what we should spend our time doing, Casting out demons, identifying evil spirits and setting people free from the bondage and oppression of evil.”

Bishop Cline stated that those who practice Obeah, chose to be servants of the Devil, and they will be recipients of the Devil’s reward.

“Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels and all those who follow him, even though they may look like they are doing well, they are messengers of Satan and they should stop. Those who are of God I would say to them, let us stand firm in our faith, God is more powerful than any other force in the world and we must lean solely on God,” Bishop Cline firmly asserted.

In addition, Pastor Howard Simon of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, agrees with Bishop Cline that Obeah is satanic. “It is definitely not of God, individuals who have 'dabbled' in it and have been misled, are probably thinking that there is something to gain, but the truth of the matter is that the devil is real.”

“Satan is strong but the power of God is much stronger,” Pastor Simon added.

45 Responses to “CORRECTION/UPDATE – Obeah is illegal under Criminal Code in the Virgin Islands”

  • dem say (23/04/2012, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oooook that explain why some people won!
    • Mary J (23/04/2012, 10:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      any why some of them lost too...
    • oh really (23/04/2012, 14:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      maybe the goat at nanny cay cut its own head off because it was sick of hearing such stupid nonsense.,. Fairy tales and goblins ---grow up people. For all those who say obear is real than give me one credible(evidence) example. Around here if someone does the smallest crime all you read about is how tola has to come together in prayer to protect this sacred island, but when all the crimes with "famous "local last names come about we must all understand and give a second chance and their not bad they just need to find the lord etc... Hypocracy!! stop using god/relgion when it is convenient to suit your ends. because check the stats this is an very christian nation but there still seems to be an exceedingly high nnumber of major crimes nowadays. In this place of in your face jesusness do we really need more prayer because it aint workin now. maybe we should give obear a try it can hardly bring more crime/drugs / kiddy rape/ beastiality/ murder than exists now
  • mother hen (23/04/2012, 09:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well saw let me open my shop then!
  • hm (23/04/2012, 09:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I assumed that the law saying obeah was illegal was still on the books....why would they just up and take it off? Mmmm...so much wickedness inna de place.
  • oh really (23/04/2012, 09:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is such a bunch of crap!!! people wise up and face reality not this imaginary hocus pocus nonsense. It is irresponsible for these "leaders" to inflame people with this B.S. . Save your 10% these fools are just trying to create outrage and invent a problem so they have something to talk about. Oh but Tola is going down hill so fast, well it coulnt be from all the spoiled undisciplined punks around who dont face real repercusions. Nno it must be the devil and we must pray him away, so stupid. Ifpraying is what will thwart the devil, that means that god has the power to thwart the devil, than why doesnt he do it anyway maybe prayers get him pumped up like before th big game.. waste of time
    • Watching on.. (23/04/2012, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I try to understand why ppl find it hard to believe that the devil is real..And God is real just as we are living here today. So i guess ppl believe that all of us originate from monkeys and the universe as we see it was created by gas mixing and boom the world looks beautiful just so..Its sad. Witchcraft, illuminati..the devil it is real stuff and we really need to do our research and stop being so blinded. Or i guess we need to visit some of the countries where it is practiced and see it for ourselves....hmm... Lord continue to watch over us.
      • ROFLMAO (23/04/2012, 11:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes, the world is far older than the bible and we decend from microscopic beings...the "monkeys" came later. I'm sure when you meet your heavenly father one day he will relate to you how the world was created and you'll be sad to learn Adam and Eve is just a story and there never was a garden of eden.
    • candyapple (23/04/2012, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you are a sick person, seems as if you dont believe in God, I pray and hope it is well with your soul,
    • candyapple (23/04/2012, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      to O Reall you really need to seek the Lord while you may be found, its BS, continue to play with the evil on (devil) you will soon find out
  • enough (23/04/2012, 09:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah have news for some of you. Alot of who I think ain't in it, in it; and alot who some think in it, ain't. That's why God says He is the only true and fair judge.
  • Luvz (23/04/2012, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why did they make this law obsolete? There are some people who practice this to hurt others and it is wrong. Too much lawlessness. God is angry with the wicked everyday and His wrath with be to their detriment. Obeah, voodoo are all satanic.
  • Enlightened (23/04/2012, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When is anyone going to face the threat that is the Lodge. Locally the Mason threat is growing unchecked striking fear in the Pastors, Christian Council, Politicians ( those who are not members). Its running rampant with the best of our youth (Targeted). We have Pastors who accept donations from this ungodly group on a Sunday Morning in the middle of service. Why is this post in an article on "Obeah" Read this quote from John Todd, Masonic Council of Thirteen "To you, Sovereign Instructors of Grade 33, we tell you: you have to repeat to the brothers of inferior grades that we worship only one God to whom we pray without superstition. It is we, Initiated in the Supreme Grade, that are to keep the real Masonic religion preserving pure the Lucifer doctrine"
    • Thank You!! (23/04/2012, 10:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Lodge been going unchecked for years!!! It is a global organization that has its hooks deep in the BVI. The legal system, banking system, politicians, civil servants (in high places), police, judges, medical and last but not least......business persons! Ever wonder why certain things get done or don't get done around this place?
  • Hush (23/04/2012, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's why some people lost the re-election , them power was overwhelm with good. The evil spirt does get tired of you , you think that the deil have friends.
    • OK Then (23/04/2012, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And sometimes the bad is left to take lead, so that the people would take heed, or worst yet, we are left to bear the penalties of our unselfish thinking and wants. Think about it. Don't make a one-sided coin. If you say 1 say 2, and 1 alone can't mek 2.
  • Real Talk (23/04/2012, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My goodness, this is hilarious! So the people that voted for winning candidates were under the spell on 7 November 2011? LMAO!!! No wonder people can distract us for so long while they reap the benefits right infront of our eyes. All this talk of imaginary nonsense just needs to cease! The obeah men and women have been conning people in the BVI for decades, nothing new..
  • BVI lawyer (23/04/2012, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am afraid that Olva McKenzie is wrong. Section 6 of the Obeah Act (Cap 52) clearly states: "Every person practising, or in any way concerned in the practice of obeah, or using any subtle craft, means or device by obeah or otherwise shall be liable to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding twelve months."
    • Correction (23/04/2012, 19:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Olva Mc Kenzie was not wrong!! Its not her fault if the Journalist lack understanding and failed to ask for clarification. I was there and i know for a fact thats not what Ms. Mc Kenzie said.
  • Pimp (23/04/2012, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it legal to kill somebody that works obeah on you?
  • dude (23/04/2012, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And marijuana is illegal. LMAO. Proof that the laws have nothing to do with right & wrong.
  • HOME GIRL! (23/04/2012, 10:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    HUSH! HUSH! HUSH! BVI somebody's calling your name. His name is JESUS. Answer HIS call! Down with SATAN and his IMPS.
    • Real Talk (23/04/2012, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We have more churches, more pastors, bigger churches than ever in our history yet we are getting worst and worst, please do the math. The answer lies in commonsense not fooling people. There are certain things we shouldn't have to wait until the pastor tells us in order to do. A pastor shouldn't have to tell us do not steal, do not kill, respect your parents, respect everyone around you, take care of your kids, family etc. Respect authority and so on. All this church and highty tighty business does is give people a reason to feel high and mighty and talk down to people. This is why the kids are so bad these days. I grew up in church where people respected themselves and practiced what they preached. Now it's like a commercial establishment. The kids hear what the holy ones speak but then they also see what they're involved with, that's why they don't respect them. The church has more politics than the country itself with people switching churches like they switch their sunday suits. Look around, the answer is common sense. nothing is wrong with spirituality but to ignore all common sense is just absolutely stupid.
  • The Crazy 88's (23/04/2012, 11:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WAIT!! I can't by WEED but I can practice BLACK MAGIC?!
  • Jane Doe (23/04/2012, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    2 Chronicles 7:14: " If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." Let us hope that this article was not meant to open Pandora's Box and put ideas in the heads of the wicked and corrupt. We have enough social ills already. We do not need to add high science to our growing list. If this was the intention, please be reminded of the verse of scripture above. Satan's kingdom MUST come down.
  • Finally (23/04/2012, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Interesting peace, however the religious heads and spiritual leaders need to speak more about the Lodges and Freemasonry which is prevalent in the community.
    • Silence (23/04/2012, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      How could either of them speak out when they themselves are caught up in the same brotherhood?
      • George Washington (23/04/2012, 16:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        All your talk on the Freemasons is bull$#&% - get a life! The intolerance in this place is shocking!
        • Mr. Crowley (23/04/2012, 19:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The Freemason talk is not bull$hit!!! That is the problem in this place and other places, some wish for people to tolerate pure lunacy and "Do what thou wilt" to bring "Order out of Chaos"!! Intolerance however builds for a society (without secreets) with checks and balances which is very much needed.
        • Enlightened (24/04/2012, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          You really need to educate yourself before you accuse anyone of being intolerant. Please forget about what outsiders say about the evil that is masonry and respond to what the masons say about themselves (I will await your answer to this undisputable truth): John Todd, Masonic Council of Thirteen “To you, Sovereign Instructors of Grade 33, we tell you: you have to repeat to the brothers of inferior grades that we worship only one God to whom we pray without superstition. It is we, Initiated in the Supreme Grade, that are to keep the real Masonic religion preserving pure the Lucifer doctrine”
    • dude (23/04/2012, 16:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They can't speak bout it b/c it's secret but being in a lodge doesn't necessarily make u a devil worshipper. THe requirement for lodge membership is belief in some form of higher being...but in order to attain your degrees you might have to learn more than u want to
  • facts man (23/04/2012, 18:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So its really illegal ooooook
  • shark (23/04/2012, 21:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That Man just sickens me to the stomach
  • ausar (23/04/2012, 21:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    From ancient times these things were and will continue to be. The Bible, an ancient manuscript is all just about that. Modern Day buildings are designed after the Pentagram. The Pentagon anyone? How about the crown symbol in the Rolex watches? There are numerous examples that would bore the hell out of most so I won't list them. It's not all about design. Numerology is also involved. That only now there's concern about this means that alot of people got really burned during this elective season! Good luck in the abatement laws. Success has yet to be achieved! And success will now be forthcoming?
  • native baby (24/04/2012, 06:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for the up-date VINO i always heard this was illigal...so let them go to where they acustom of going overseas...
  • business man (24/04/2012, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gosh you mean I cannot open my shop anymore?
  • Tola Rant (24/04/2012, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Obeah, Voodoo, Orisha, Hoodoo or other similar syncretic religions rooted in Africa are just that - religions, whether you like them or not. So the question is - do we have religious tolerance here in the BVI? Or are we a little more like the Taliban and those muslim extremist countries that say, 'If you don't believe what the people in power believe, your religion is illegal'? This is a Christian country, yes, but is an enlightened country? Can the Christians of the BVI handle non-Christians in their midst or are they such fervent believers they outlaw all other beliefs? If anything should be outlawed its the secret societies - those Lodges - that actually affect and manipulate our economy, politics and society without us knowing who's doing it for whose gain.
  • foxy (24/04/2012, 15:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    legal or not it never stop them before


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