JO - Really now, Rev Stoddart!
Really now, Rev Stoddart!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Regarding Rev Stoddart's column of July 14, "Religion corrupts politics", I believe he must have done a very cursory reading of the history of Papa Doc Duvalier to draw the obviously far-fetched conclusion that Portia, by uttering a few words about 7s and making religious statements, ought to be lumped in a category with him.
Further, making a comparison of the constituency of South-West St Andrew, though acknowledged to be a "garrison", to the Tonton Macoute is not only factually inaccurate but profoundly vituperative.
I would also like to point out that the whole column is what, in logical terms, is called a 'slippery slope' fallacy. Here is a definition drawn from a website which I think sums it up nicely. "A slippery slope is a fallacy in which a person asserts that some event must inevitably follow from another without any argument for the inevitability of the event in question. In most cases, there are a series of steps or gradations between one event and the one in question, and no reason is given as to why the intervening steps or gradations will simply be bypassed." Please stop the scare tactics, Rev Stoddart. There is absolutely no evidence to support the scenario you have described!
Frankly, based on the diatribe in his column, it seems to me that he might very well be one of those clergymen who have "cross(ed) the line" and are hell-bent on "lead(ing) blind, foolish followers to their doom, as did the Rev Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana, and the Rev David Koresh in Waco, Texas."
The Reverend, it seems, has a callous disregard for facts and is possessed of some extreme desperation which causes him to throw around wild accusations while insulting the PM, the PNP, the Jamaican people, and the good citizens of South-West St Andrew. The Reverend owes them all an apology.The debate in the Observer and by extension in Jamaica and among Jamaicans would be greatly enhanced if he kept his pronouncements to himself.