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Church should get involved in politics in VI – Skelton-Cline

- said church cares for people & politics is about caring for people
Talk show host and clergyman Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called for churches in the Virgin Islands (VI) and those in the Christian religious sector to get more involved in politics. Photo: VINO/File
Skelton-Cline posited that 99% of African American advancement came through the Church. Photo: Internet Source
Skelton-Cline posited that 99% of African American advancement came through the Church. Photo: Internet Source
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The popular saying is that Christians should not get involved in politics; however, talk show host and clergyman Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called for churches in the Virgin Islands (VI) and those in the Christian religious sector to get more involved in politics.

“We are called to be good citizens, we are called to be law-abiding citizens, proving that that law does not violate people's individual right to liberty,” he said to those in the Christian religious community on the November 22, 2022, edition of his Honestly Speaking talk show.

Skelton-Cline said religious persons are the ‘salt’ of the earth to preserve and be good stewards in the VI.

“What use is the church and what use would it be for us calling ourselves Christian… when what we do on Sunday Morning cannot be lived Monday through Saturday morning?” he questioned.

Skelton-Cline added that one of the reasons the Church should get involved in politics is because the church cares for people and politics is about caring for people.

99% of African American advancement came from the Church - Skelton-Cline 

“99% of the advancement that was made for African Americans and other people of colour throughout the world, as a result of the actions of African Americans in the US, was born out of the advocacy of pastors and preachers, both females and males,” he said.

While there were other groups involved, Mr Skelton-Cline said religion played a large role in the US movements for people of colour.

In the Virgin Islands, religious leaders like Skelton-Cline and Bishop John I. Cline have been outspoken on issues affecting the territory, including the threat of suspension of the VI constitution by the United Kingdom. 

Skelton-Cline remarked that if prayers do not result in policies persons ought to get off their knees, as he made a case for more religious involvement in politics.

19 Responses to “Church should get involved in politics in VI – Skelton-Cline”

  • WHAT THE ACTUAL &*% (24/11/2022, 10:39) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply


  • Not a real place (24/11/2022, 10:59) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wolf in sheep's clothing, what bible is you reading you should not be calling yourself a pastor Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
  • rattie (24/11/2022, 10:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    But they are involved now especially thoes two baptis churches Cgb and duff bottom
    • @rattie (24/11/2022, 21:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      One family - by blood. Don't forget that. Divorce as much as you want, it good with god. Drink and swear as much as you want, it good with god. We all got faults but this lot here? I hope they remember that broad is the road and many that travel it, but not all on that road are the non-church goers. The word also says that not all who say Lord Lord will be acknowledged. He will say I know you not..
  • lol (24/11/2022, 11:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Reality check (24/11/2022, 11:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The reason for the separation of church and state is because the state is responsible for representing all of the peoples of the country / territory, not just a select few. Given that a lot of world strife has been caused by different religions, we need non-sectarian representation to keep this territory religiously neutral, if we want to be economically viable. Investors want stability, not divisiveness!!
  • nonsense (24/11/2022, 11:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Clearly, what we have here is not anyone who is a student of history has much awareness of the current geopolitical situation of the world. Closer to home, he could consider Mr. Fahie's plight. What is done on Sundays is certainly not what occurs M-Sat.

    And, where does he come up with the 99% of advancement of African Americans statistic. Why is that relevant here since most people here don't consider themselves African American
  • Foolishness (24/11/2022, 11:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man come like the devil man.
  • BuzzBvi (24/11/2022, 11:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why what he say news?
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (24/11/2022, 11:34) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    where in the Bible can you refer us to in qorderq toq qjustfied your opinion, fake pastor Claude Skeleton Cline?
    Prove yourself. Give us both scripture chapter and verse or verses that "church should get more involved in politics in the VI."
    I know for sure that you and no other can't.

    Your sir, for personal material gain and fame divide people.

  • WHAT!!!! (24/11/2022, 12:00) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    Who would want someone who believes in an invisible man living in the sky involved in making rational political decisions?
  • lol (24/11/2022, 13:11) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Christian thing to do would be to return the money to the Treasury
  • NezRez (24/11/2022, 13:41) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only in the BVI. Church and state politics are usually separate.
  • jj (24/11/2022, 19:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thay have already involved
  • @ senior citizen (24/11/2022, 20:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That was simply put / players always he just loves think he is confessing but he refuses to believe that he cannot fool God , because he has managed to fool people and gets naway with it / so in his head he really believes he is omnipotent / like show a little ☺ and we will believe anything he says ????
  • time will tell (24/11/2022, 21:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Soo what happen to the separation of church and state? He wants us adopt everything from the US (it's all he knows before becoming and outcast there), but we should leave out all that won't benefit him??When is his investigation gloing to be handled? 

  • Norris Turnbull (24/11/2022, 23:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • he (25/11/2022, 19:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is a demon walking wilith a tongue of bile
    .where's the holy water!
  • genie (26/11/2022, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    finally, an opportunity to use the term antidisestablishmentsrianism. Please stop talking CsC

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