Since the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America, the conversation surrounding the separation of Church and State has again surfaced.
The concept has remained highly controversial in popular culture and law.
The recent proposal by President Trump to repeal the Johnson amendment resulted in heated debates even here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, the conversation surrounding this hot-button topic will continue as the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) Council of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mission of Seventh-day Adventists will host a public forum under the theme “Unity of Church and State: Implications for Religious Liberty in SVG”.
The forum will be held at the NIS Conference Room and begins at 5:30 pm.
The line up of speakers includes Dr. Clive Dottin, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh Day Adventists; Rev. Dr. Cecil Richards, Senior Pastor, Kingstown Baptist Church; and Mr. Sydney Harry of the Islamic Center of SVG. The Spiritual Baptist Archdiocese of SVG and the Christian Council will also send representatives.
“The public forum is one of three major activities planned by the PARL Council to mark our annual religious liberty convention,” said Mrs. Meisha Cruickshank, President of the PARL Council.
“The activities continue on Friday, February 23 at 7:00 pm with a Vesper Service at the Kingstown SDA Church.
The final event is our grand Sabbath Day service on Saturday, February 24 at the Barrouallie SDA Church with guest speaker Dr. Clive Dottin out of Trinidad and Tobago.
We anticipate an exciting convention”, she continued.
Mrs. Cruickshank explained, “The primary objective of the forum is to advocate the importance of religious liberty to persons in SVG. We also want to provide a forum for participants to share their views and ask questions in relation to religious liberty issues in SVG”.
Mrs. Cruickshank said that the forum is open to the public. “We have extended invitations to numerous government, church and civil society leaders.
We know that the forum will be very informative as the issues are ventilated. The audience can expect a very lively discussion”, she said.
The event will be streamed live on News784.