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After viewing the video above, the conduct of some persons in attendance at the funeral service of the late Mr. E.G. Lynch, at which the Prime Minister of the country was invited to pay his respect to the popular activist, and was prevented from doing so by a disorderly crowd, was truly appalling. This only supports my observation of our uniqueness as a people, a proud, intelligent, smart, warm people, so divided yet survived in the political commotion however, in the best or what should be the most orderly of times; allows our emotions to control our strong Christian ethics of FORGIVENESS.

First, let me extend my condolences to Mr. EG Lynch’s relatives and close friends, those who knew the true man, the heart of the activist and his purpose in choosing such a role. E.G. valued his freedom and paid the price for what I see as a luxury, that is, the risk associated with the expression of one’s opinion. It is called “freedom of speech,” a right in all democratic societies.

Contrary to what many may choose to believe, E.G. the activist did it his way as he held the torch of an innovative, unbiased campaign with the understanding of the possibilities that you lose some and win some. He lived the life of a freedom fighter for the rights of his countrymen, and for those less fortunate, he was the Voice. What is most disappointing is that many do not yet understand the depth of compassion embedded through the soul of a man who at his end, was robbed of the dignitary of a peaceful memorial service, because so many failed to understand the power of the freedom to forgive, especially our adversaries.

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Ephesians 4:32 says: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Elma Gabriel-Mayers
Community Activist (Toronto)

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4 replies on “‘EG’ Lynch valued Freedom of Speech”

  1. Tibias Pastel says:

    Hello Elma:

    I think you should of wrote your letter and post it to the Pime Minister, the issue of forgiveness or unforgiveness is what cause the Prime Minister to be given such a welcome by the crowd.

    Have you heard the audio that was being played on Nice Radio detailing the Prime Minister bragging about when E G Lynch came to him , begging him to forgive him and drop the court cases against him, and he refused? the female supporter who called in on their station was celebrating when when the Prime Minister told her he refuse to forgive Lynch.

    Can you imagine you owing 250.000 dollars with no means of paying, your property was taken away by the person who you owe this money to, your only other options is to go to jail, you may say he has been there before, but now he is much older, it would not of been easy for him. You go to that person and beg for pardon and that heartless man called Ralph Gunsalves who is one of the richest man in SVG ruling a plantation of blacks in SVG refuse to forgive Lynch. The stress of that situation will give any human in their fifty a stroke, and that is exactly what Mr Lynch got.

    He deserve every bit of what he got in the church. Have you seen some of the relatives of the dutch persons that were killed in the plane crash said they have forgive the persons who shot the plane down.

    I am still wondering how could the land of the blessed produce such a wicked man like Ralph Gunsalves.

  2. Peter Binose says:

    TIBLAS PASTEL, I fully agree with you analysis and comments. The spite and malice that Lynch had to endure may of well killed any man.

    In fact I believe he was murdered by hatred, perhaps applied by Obeah. Remember Gonsalves told us he works Obeah ” If I work Obeah I only work Obeah for the Lord”. Those are his words, he actually said that.

    We all know you cannot work Obeah for the Lord Jesus or our God, but you can for the Lord of darkness Satan.

  3. This is beyond un-respectful; Politics aside; this was in the House of god for the Funeral Service of a man. Shame on you all who participated in the unruly Shouting and carrying on…. Was it Planned?!
    Politics is dealt with at the Polling/Voting Station; not at Fumeral. Not worth Sharing…..

  4. C. ben-David says:

    You must be living on a different planet which has a country also called St. Vincent and the Grenadines to proclaim that Vincentians are “… a proud, intelligent, smart, warm people.”

    Most Vincentians are a petty, simple-minded, greedy, envious, commess- and macoe-preoccupied people who take great glee in the misfortune of others.

    And they elect leaders just like themselves.

    Remember what Pogo said in the famous comic-strip: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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