Jack: No reason to celebrate this Christmas
There is no cause for celebration this Christmas when the country and its people are suffering, leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner has said.
“With 400-plus road deaths (sic), there is no cause to celebrate. With hundreds homeless and children on the streets, there is no cause to celebrate. With many sick and cannot afford proper health care, there is no cause to celebrate,” Warner said in his Christmas message to the nation.
“With our children under threat, there is no cause to celebrate. With gangs in control of and destroying our communities, there is no cause to celebrate. With corruption at its highest levels ever, there is no cause to celebrate.
“With racial and ethnic hatred rife in the land, there is no cause to celebrate and it is for these and many other reasons that Christmas 2013 cannot just be another Christmas,” he added.
Warner said it must not just be another Christmas this year with food, drink and revelry.
He said there is deep meaning in the story of the Christ child and the purpose for which he came and that within Christianity the themes of redemption, hope, salvation and love permeate the narratives we read and yet nowhere is that represented in the way in which we celebrate.
He added: “Christmas 2013 must be different. It must be a time of caring. It must be a time when those without a home should feel the shelter of a gentle, thoughtful and compassionate one.
“It must be the time when food for the hungry is made available when the naked are clothed. When respite is offered for those behind prison bars.”
Warner said this Christmas there can be change.
“Regardless of the religious mooring to which we are tied let us as a people come together each in our own homes and spare one hour during Christmas Day praying for our beautiful nation.
“Let us fast for that one hour as the people of Nineveh fasted and prayed to save their country from utter destruction,” said Warner.