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T&T PM to UK’s Prince William: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Dr. Keith Rowley

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CNW- Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Dr. Keith Rowley has referred to as on Britain’s Prince William to do extra than simply supply phrases of acknowledgment that his nation had performed a major function within the slave commerce and guarantee a degree of compensation to those that had their liberties taken away on account of the Atlantic slave commerce.

Rowley, addressing the Non secular Baptist Liberation Day organized by the ruling Individuals’s Nationwide Motion (PNM) on Monday evening, stated he was happy to have heard Prince William acknowledge that slavery was incorrect throughout his go to to the Caribbean final week.

“Recently I was very pleased to hear Prince William say that he acknowledged that slavery was wrong and that the British government, the British people, have some responsibility in that piece of unforgettable history,

“I was pleased to hear a member of the Royal household in the United Kingdom. But tonight, I want to say to Prince William, having said that, I believe you. But I will believe you more if you do what you must now do, which is the offer of some reparation to the people who were wronged in the way that you have acknowledged.

Rowley said it is not “sufficient to say that I acknowledge this, but not to seek to help those who were harmed by it.

“In the bible and in your teaching, it says that there are two conditions, and they go side by side. One is repentance and the other, if you want to be redeemed, you have to repent, then salvation could be yours,” Rowley stated.

Prince William, who was accompanied by his spouse, the Duchess of Cambridge, to the area in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, stated in Jamaica final Thursday that he strongly agrees along with his father, the Prince of Wales, “who said in Barbados last year that the appalling atrocity of slavery forever stains our history. I want to express my profound sorrow. Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened.”

Throughout their go to to Belize, Jamaica, and The Bahamas, the Royal couple was uncovered to requires reparations. Their week-long tour of the Caribbean ended on Saturday. The go to had combined evaluations, with some calling it a failure and others successful.

In his deal with, Prime Minister Rowley stated members of the Non secular Shouter Baptist religion, which is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago and is a novel faith, comprising parts of Protestant Christianity and African doctrines and rituals, ought to have been compensated for the years they suffered in practising their faith.

Non secular/Shouter Baptist Liberation Day, which is noticed on March 30, is an annual public vacation and commemorates the repeal on March 30, 1951, of the 1917 Shouter Prohibition Ordinance that prohibited the actions of the Shouter or Non secular Baptist religion.

“This country of yours acknowledged that there ought to have been some recompense and the government that I led continued to add to the progress that you are making.”

He informed the ceremony that faith should play a major function in Trinidad and Tobago society and the teachings of the bible will save the inhabitants.

“I ask you the Spiritual Baptist to lead this country away from the direction that we are going. So, you move from hiding to being a Spiritual Baptist to being asked by the country to lead us.

“I know that you the Spiritual Baptist will think differently of your country and you will guide us to a future that some think that we do not have.,” Rowley stated, including that “one does not have to be a zealot, or overbearing in religion, but I dare say, if this country is to pull itself up from the brink that we are heading to….religion has a major role to play.

“I have seen no substitute for raising children and inculcating into them that there is good and there is evil. I have seen no substitute for respect for your elders, I have seen no substitute for caring for your brothers and sisters, I have seen no substitute for acknowledging a supreme being that is bigger than you and is expecting you to account someday,” Rowley stated.

He stated one of many issues in Trinidad and Tobago at this time is {that a} era is just not being correctly introduced up with a complete absence of a worth system after which we need to discover out why they may kill so callously, why they may behave so uncaringly.

“If you know a substitute that is better than the religious teachings that we have all benefitted from…then bring it forward.”

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