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Walrond’s Report Hit a Nerve

Barbados Advocate, February 21, 2005

By Charles Lunn

Most Barbadians would agree, I would think, that Professor Walrond’s reported recommendations on HIV/AIDS has done more to educate and sensitise people, generally, of the consequential painful ravages they face, if they fail to exercise responsible measures of protection in their sexual lifestyles and habits; than all of the indoor lectures/talks and TV promos. This is so because of the intense and passionate debates on the radio call-in talk shows, which judging from discussions one hears in the court yards, churches, supermarkets, on the streets, beaches, buses and playing fields, has reached into each village and hamlet of this country.

Commentators of related disciplines seems to have made the decriminalisation of buggery—homosexuality and prostitution central themes to the debate, zealously relying on Bible teaching in arguments that establish testing levels of their comprehension and emotional state. None moreso than talk-show host Mr. Peter Wickham, who in a masterful display of debating skills married the degree of morality professing Christians assign to homosexuality vis-à-vis adultery and fornication, stunning his critics into finding a logical reasoning counter argument. I have joined issue with Mr. Wickham on his belief in the writings of the Bible, but I must concede that his subsequent references to written scriptures has led me to conclude that he is a widely read student of the Bible and like most students of the Bible writings, hold some reservations on certain passages of scriptures that seem to be in conflict with other passages, as interpreted by scholars down the centuries.

Of material interest to Wickham’s provocative stance on the Bible is that like Father Andrew Hatch, he always finishes his programmes in reverence to God, by invoking His will and presence. This suggest to me that he accepts the presence, power and rulership of God.

Professor Walrond in his report and Mr. Peter Wickham in his provocative style of debate have done well to arouse the consciousness of most Barbadians to examine their own lives in relation to those two great commandments—love the Lord thy God; love thy neighbour as thyself—for in these we will see ourselves in every homosexual, adulterer and fornicator, seeking to comfort them, not condemning them.

Hopefully, we will one day be able to excite that same fervour and intensity in a national debate on the illicit drug culture.

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