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Latrae Rahming: Leave Religion out of Carnival
By Latrae Rahming
May 11, 2015 - 7:35:54 PM

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I know people were waiting for the opportunity to begin the religious arguments surrounding carnival. The Bahamas for more than 40 years has enjoyed the freedom of a free an open society where people are granted the privileged right to choose. There's a direct separation of state and religion. The Bahamas governance is a concept of secularism - national governance without influence from religious factions. Those from the religious community comes out condemning like they were given the religious hierarchy to be presiding judge over our society.

Furthermore, you attempt to raise arguments using photos of other individuals without their permission on a public social forum absolutely violating them to visual support your argument. Nobody has the authority to judge everybody has a right to their opinion, but an opinion that supports the infringement of an individual right is irrelevant to the public discourse over Bahamas junkanoo carnival. We've protected many of Christian principles, but we have to know how far we can assert them on the lives of others. We enjoy the freedom of religion that is shared by every single individual to practice our faith public or PRIVATE.

Many Bahamians belong to different faiths, we have no jurisdiction to tell the Rastafarian they don't belong in our society because the majority of among us are Christians. We have no sovereignty to define what people can and cannot do it in the principle of choice as long as it is in the rightful context of our constitution. If we as Christian in a democratic society can express dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event then Bahamians who are atheist can express their annoyance with the Baptist parade or any other Christian related event. The truth is neither of us can stop these events if we enjoy the fruits of freedom.

We love our democracy because women are seen as equal in our society, we enjoy our democracy because we practice any religion without fear of persecution, we enjoy our democracy because we have the freedom to decide and to determine our country's political future, we enjoy our democracy because individuals have the right to choose. We have no right telling a woman what she can and shouldn't wear.

Christians should continue to pray and seek the guidance of God and use the biblical teachings not to judge the sins of others, but to guide them to truth and to help them with the understanding that they have the liberty to choose for their personal life just like you choose for yours.

Latrae Rahming, CEO of Bahamaren "Chinese Consultancy Firm University of International Business and Economics ( Beijing, China)  Student Government President"

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of TheBahamasWeekly.com


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