Ralph Gonsalves said he is the blackest prime minister ever in Saint Vincent, he also said “being black is not a colour its an attitude”. Now we need to decide was that an insult to black men, or how should we view what he said?
He has said many nasty things about black and people of lesser tints of black. According to Gonsalves people like the Chastanets of Saint Lucia are not black they are brown skinned Mulatto’s, yet he declares his son as being black, isn’t he a Mulatto too.
Gonsalves said that if he and Eustace were walking in the middle of the night and chanced upon then U.S. President George Bush, Bush would greet him and ask who is that man (Eustace). In fact Gonsalves, has made a number of nasty insulting racist remarks about the Honourable Arnhim Eustace.
His first wife was black, his second wife is kind of black, perhaps some East Indian about her.
I have also noted that all the women who have accused him of rape or sexual assault were black. The police woman – black; the Canadian lawyer — black.
Now it’s most obvious that he is a white man, perhaps his speciality in woman choice is black, perhaps he is affected by the old black magic. After all he did tell us that if he works obeah, he only works obeah for the Lord. I have asked numerous times who is he referring to when he says “obeah for the Lord”, because you cannot work obeah for God; you can for Satan, the prince of darkness. So when Gonsalves told us he was the blackest prime minister in Saint Vincent, perhaps he wasn’t talking about colour, perhaps he was referring to being a disciple of the prince of darkness. One thing I am a hundred per cent sure of, linking the working of obeah with God can only be described as gross blasphemy.
Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God, to religious or holy persons or things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.
Some countries have laws to punish religious blasphemy, while others have laws that allow those who are offended by blasphemy to punish blasphemers. Those laws may condone penalties or retaliation for blasphemy under the labels of blasphemous libel, expression of opposition, or “vilification,” of religion or of some religious practices, religious insult, or hate speech.
Christian theology condemns blasphemy. It is spoken of in Mark 3:29, where blaspheming the Holy Spirit is spoken of as unforgivable — the eternal sin. However, there is dispute over what form this blasphemy may take and whether it qualifies as blasphemy in the conventional sense; and over the meaning of “unforgivable”.
Mark 3:29: “The crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, ‘He is beside himself.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.’ And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house.
“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’—for they had said, ‘”He has an unclean spirit.’”
“If I work obeah, I only work obeah for the Lord.” Gonsalves said that in parliament, he has never withdrawn the statement, he has never publicly apologised. Has he asked the Lord for forgiveness for this? Only the priest who would take his confession would know, and he is sworn to sacred secrecy. Perhaps he asked the Pope to forgive him. One thing for sure, he has had ample time to do all those things. Let’s just hope that the blasphemy is not against the Holy Spirit.
That old black magic has me in its spell
That old black magic that you weave so well
Those icy fingers up and down my spine
The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine
The same old tingle that I feel inside
And then that elevator starts its ride
And down and down I go, round and round I go
Like a leaf that’s caught in the tide
I should stay away but what can I do?
I hear your name and I’m aflame
A flame with such a burning desire
That only your kiss can put out the fire
‘Cause you are the lover I have waited for
The mate that fate had me created for
And every time your lips meet mine
Down and down I go, round and round I go
In a spin, loving the spin that I’m in
Under that old black magic called Obeah.
Peter Binose, self-appointed keeper of the whistle.
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