Vice President of Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches, Reverend Arlington Wilson, believes the church has failed in providing proper guidelines in matters of deviant sexual behavior.
Wilson was among several religious leaders who met with Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Wednesday, March 9, to update the church and get feedback regarding social ills and deviant behavior negatively impacting Dominica.
He said in an interview with GIS News that a unified front is needed in the fight against this societal ill.
“There is need, right now for us to put aside our religious views and come together to deal with the issues. What we discussed in the meeting is that the church has failed in that area and I believe that,” Wilson said. “While we cannot regulate the conduct of the people we felt that there should be programs that would assist our young people because the deviant behaviors are not only in society but they are also in the church and for reasons the information is not brought out because of church settings.”
He also outlined some of the matters discussed in the meeting.
“We spoke about pornography, the role of the media and how they handle these situations and we also spoke about having a family court. We realize that a lot of children grow up without parental figures and, therefore, we saw the need to go to the schools and the workplaces to see how we can help the children in their upbringing,” he said.
He said the meeting went well and the religious leaders commended the Prime Minister for such a ‘godly initiative.’
“The meeting went very well and the Prime Minister was commended for that. At the end of the exercise churches were asked to submit the policy that they have regarding such behaviors to the Prime Minister so that the document could be looked at to see how it can be made a national policy regarding such behavior,” Wilson noted.
He said Skerrit is willing to partner with the church in its mission to curb social ills.