“I will not be intimidated when I think I stand on scripture and on justice.”
Pastor Randy Rodney could not have made his position any clearer when he responded to criticism of statements he made during a recent radio programme calling for electoral reform and his subsequent invitation to the office of the police chief to discuss those comments.
In an interview on the “Talk on the Block” programme on Q-95 Radio earlier this week, Rodney explained that following the call for electoral reform he also admonished Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to ensure that “we have it now; make sure it is done. This is not about throwing stones, but there is something much harder than stones.”
Rodney explained further that he received a call last week from a female police officer politely asking for the Police Commissioner (Daniel Carbon) to have a meeting with him. He said he accepted the invitation and that the 15 to 20 minutes meeting focused on him and other religious leaders who make statements on the radio.
He said after the meeting with the police commissioner, he realized that supporters of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) had raised questions about him in relation to inciting violence.
The commissioner had a conversation with me about that. We did have a conversation, I shared some stuff with him following that and he shared some stuff with me.”
But Rodney made it clear that he cannot be intimidated.
“You don’t try to strong-arm people who are either fighting for what they think are their rights or in some way or the other have been frustrated over a system you are blocking them over,” he remarked. “I cannot be intimidated, like what I said to the commissioner, you will just have to take me out.”
Rodney continued, “But to try to intimidate me is a losing battle…I am a servant of God and if I have done something wrong I will take the punishment for it, I will apologize for it.”
Rodney stressed that his job is righteousness and justice.
“That’s my calling and not the Commissioner, not the President, not the Prime Minister, nobody can stop that,” he declared…”I’m guaranteed under the Constitution, freedom of expression once that expression doesn’t infringe on anybody else’s right or hurt them.”
He said further that he had a mandate from God and “people will hear from me when it’s wrong and when it’s right.”
Rodney insisted that his posture will remain the same whichever government is in power.
“You can call Lennox Linton and ask him. I have already told him with no apologies if he gets or when he gets into government, if he decides to do anything that is untoward, I will be the first person he will hear from,” he warned.
He said the government has lost Godly Reverend Fear [in its approach to governance], “and I am making no apologies to say that.”