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Dottin: Pastors must be ready to die

Wednesday, May 28 2014

SEVENTH Day Adventist Pastor and newspaper columnist Clive Dottin has told religious leaders that they must be prepared to die to make a difference to the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago.

Telling male pastors that they must have the “testicular fortitude” and their female counterparts the “ovarian fortitude” to stand up against crime, he cited the example of a Baptist pastor in the United States who was killed for challenging a drug dealer.

“As pastors we must be prepared to die to make a difference,” Dottin declared.

Dottin was one of the panelists yesterday at the Prayers Plus: Finding Solutions to Crime Meeting of Heads of the Christian Faith three day symposium held at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, St Ann’s.

In a fiery presentation, he said this country is “too downright corrupt” including corrupt businessmen who were being protected.

He said there were businessmen, lawyers and politicians as part of an “upper crusted network” of corruption, making the situation more difficult. He noted that pastors, prisons officers and businessmen have to come clean on corruption.

“Businessmen who appear to be very protected in this society. Who are really raping the society. We have to take a stand,” he said.

He lamented that the society was “finger lickingly and blatantly corrupt”. He noted young people were advertising their sexual activities on Facebook and “now even politicians doing the same thing”.

Dottin noted churches have to play a significant role and cannot leave it only to the heads of the security forces, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and Chief of Defence Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj, who were his fellow panelists. “Because I don’t blame them. I want to be frank with you. I am saying all of us must accept a certain level of responsibility to make a difference,” he said.

He noted that currently the criminal element feel they are winning and the population has allowed them to feel that.

He said God has chosen him to go into the schools and the street corners and they call him the “gangster pastor”. He noted that he is condemned for saying that the Bible is against homosexuality but pointed out that he “loves everybody”. On moves to legalise homosexual marriages and marijuana he said while you must have morality you must also have spirituality.

He shared with the audience that when he was 14 his father died and he (Dottin) was almost raped at Queen’s Park Savannah by a homosexual who had claimed he wanted to become a Christian. He said, however, he was rescued by an “angel”. “That is why those finger licking rhinocerotic (sic) vampires...having a hard time to shoot and to kill me because I know in whom I believe,” he declared.

Dottin called for “spontaneous alliances” between all the religions, and the next step in the crime talks process was to engage Muslim, Hindu and Bahai “brothers” and to love them unconditionally.

“Politics must not control the church,” he stressed.

He said they were awaiting the reports on the investigations into the prisons litigation and into the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal.

(See Page 9A)

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