DPM Symonette calls for more caring society

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Hon. Brent Symonette - Deputy Prime Minister

Nassau, Bahamas – The Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Brent Symonette called on the Church of God of Prophecy to strengthen partnerships towards a more caring society.
He was addressing the Ninetieth Annual National Convention of the Church of God of Prophecy at the East Street Tabernacle on Monday, March 14, 2011.

The weeklong convention under the theme: “Led By His Spirit”, is advocating for a better community, though spiritual guidance.

“The Church of God of Prophecy is notable in our community not least of all because it has always taken an all-embracing approach to life, including the wider community together with its registered membership in its outreach,” Mr. Symonette said.

He acknowledged the church as a place for having a reputation of happiness and joy; of spiritual sanctuary and comfort; a music-filled place where worship services seek always to be uplifting and soul affirming.

He said although the government has made significant progress in improving the quality of life, a new affinity with materialism and a weakening of traditional family values and the illicit drug trade continues to wreak havoc on the society.

“And so I heartily embrace the call of the Church of God Incorporated in The Bahamas for us – the church, the Government, the family, the people – to be led by the Spirit; to become even better partners in our country so that we become a more caring, compassionate and Christian Bahamas,” Mr. Symonette said.

He pledged the government’s continued support to secure and expand funding for education and for technical vocational training especially for the youth, notwithstanding these difficult economic times.

“We remain conscious also of the special needs of our senior citizens who need an extra helping hand. We look to continuing to work with you to strengthen programmes of assistance for the aged particularly where the church is able to expand its involvement,” Mr. Symonette said.

21 COMMENTS

  1. @IKB

    Don’t mistake religion for personal relationship with God. They started out right, but somewhere along the way it became a matter of rituals and ceremonies. This led to the strong desire to be perpetual in existence and now that is the only thing that really matters.

    It’s a business that operates by peddling messages about morality and good social values. God is the bait and membership is the hook. The objective is to get those “taken by their message” to abandon all old friends and to embrace the social network provided by the church, made up of church members of course.

    The church then becomes the core point of influence in matters of religious and social contacts. This is why they can totally ignore the work associated with the real gospel and go on enjoying “going to church” every night. Some churches even go as far as to pretend that they can convince God to bless members materially provided those members “sow seeds”.

  2. Sexy caramel- its apparent that having a job doesnt necessarily mean you have a lick of sense in your head! almost 20% of the population unemployed (with likely even more underemployed) and you have the nerve to blame individuals? clearly there is a systematic failure occurring. The educational system is in ruins and people are hurting now more than ever…where is your critical thinking? where is your sense of compassion and logic? its people like you who holdin us back – carry ur republican ass to america and join your brethren.

  3. What gets me is the fact that this big ass church, like many more of their kind, sits in that community plague with drugs, guns, poverty and illegal immigrants and they have no impact or influence!!! Yet they preach of all this power of healing and deliverance that they have. I know that God is powerful and is able to do all things, but it’s this sort of weak and false representation of God that does such a disservice to his name!!! They want to evangelise the whole world but are not effective in their own communities!!! FOOLISHNESS!!!!!

  4. The only difference between the PLP and FNM is the FNM associates with much richer foreigners and according to local press reports they too behave as badly as the PLP’s Anna Nicole Smith, the failed actress better known for her role in The Hudsucker.

  5. we all know the PLP aint perfect they is do they shit too. but at least they let the bread crams drop so the small chicks below can get some. on the other hand if the FNM was taking care of they chicks by putting some well needed jobs out there the hurting brother do have to go out there and teef or rob someone. they dont have to be hot headed at each another fighting and killing. if there was work guys wont have to brake into people house and car at-least perry projects was all over the islands to help this problems. now all them FNM do is sit on they greasy ass and find excuse why crime so high and why no jobs if they know they could not help this country why not stay yall stink ass out off office but it was e-nuff for yall to give yall goons contrac doe. if papa culd only take his head out off his ass for a min. he will see how bad things is. butt that voodoo got him blind as a bat.

  6. I too reside abroad and I still love where my naval string is buried. While more families can’t pay their rent or mortgage, crime is out of control and some believe that the Bah Mar project will solve our unemployment problem, it seems as if some on have time to throw insults back and forth in an attempt prove whose the cleverest? Each and every unemployed Bahamian is not just some statistic on the government’s chart, it is a really person who unwillingly cannot afford to look after himself or his family. To waste time lambasting a brother or sister because they are not so good at spelling or grammar makes you the illiterate one. Look at how much the FNM & PLP politicians have accomplished with their back and forth to belittle the other party?

  7. Brent Symonette,Caring ? Now thats the biggest load of **** that I have heard in a while.He did not even know that he was in The Church of God of Prophecy. He refurred to them as The Church of God incorporated in the Bahamas. How out of place he must have felt being over the hill with we common folk.

  8. @ Sexy Caramel

    YOU SOUND LIKE “TRAILER TRASH” OR “PROJECTS VOMIT” TO ME. ARE YOU JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE AMERICAN FAILURES WHO LANDED ON OUR SHORES? FROM WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN POSTING (HISTORICALLY) YOU DON’T SEEM TO BE WELL EDUCATED EITHER (DETERMINED BY FORENSIC EXAMINATION OF THOUGHTS PROCESSING, VOCABULARY AND WRITING LEVEL). FORTUNATELY FOR YOU NO PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS ARE REQUIRED ….(HA, HA, HA).

    I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT THE WORD “SEXY” IS APPLICABLE TO YOU. I “PICTURE YOU” AS AN OLD, BAD SHAPED, FAT, BITTER “BAG” WITH MAJOR SELF ESTEEM ISSUES AND A STRONG TENDENCY TOWARDS PERVERTED CONDUCT.

    THIS CONSTANT AND EXTREME PERSONAL CRITICISM OF OTHERS IS TO HIDE YOUR OWN DISAPPOINTMENT ABOUT HOW YOUR LIFE HAS TURNED-OUT. “TOO YOUNG TO EMBRACE THIS FATE UNTIL THE END AND TOO OLD TO START OVER” – RIGHT “UGLY” CARAMEL.

    YOU ARE NOT RICH! YOU’RE JUST HERE STRUGGLING WITH THE MASSES AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE THE BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY. THE GREATEST DISAPPOINTMENT TO YOUR PARENTS AND SIBLINGS!

    NOW SAY “IT AIN’T SO” – END OF STRORY.

  9. @Sexy Caramel
    By the way, The Bahamas is not an island it’s an archipeligic nation. Enjoy the beautiful people who causes you to so bask in your citizenship. NOTE: FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY.

  10. @All
    Sexy Caramel should not be responded to. It’s obvious that this is a person who has no pride, no guts and no alligence. Do allow him/her to wallow in the stew that she has brewed withch is its utopia.. A United States citizen. It’s its prize mine is I’m a Bahamian and in spite of all of our shortfalls and difficulties I’m not heading west.

  11. @ Sexy Caramel

    We don’t have “Republicans” in our political system only two versions of what would be called “Democrats” in the North American Political System. Are you INDICATING that you are non-Bahamian (and perhaps ineligible to vote)? If yes, then WHY ARE YOU IN THE CONVERSATION? If no (i.e. you are Bahamian/eligible to vote) but you support the “Republican” philosophy in governance fine, but as said earlier it is not an option available to voters in this country, nor has it ever been.

    • I’m here pimping you ugly people out here on this Island for your information and that is why I am in this conversation you poor dummy…And you are damn right baby I am not a Bahamian, who would want to be? I am a United States citizen run along now…SMH!

      • @ sexy carmel

        Did you say that you are in The Bahamas pimping the Bahamian people? Surely ypu jest!

        Or perhaps you had a few too many drinks,’cause you sound more like a whore than a pimp! Just sayin’!

  12. only time this tension will carm down in this country is when this dont care government carry they ass. brent you know that. but you like the rest of the fnm all for me baby. yall get yall millions and big house while we suffering over the hill how did you fix your mouth to say care when sens you give a f__k about we poor over the hill i will rather see a man eate shit than to talk shit how much money you than make of we bahamians back if you really want to help start by telling papa to ring that bell so yall could get yall teefing ass out off office. the fnm than hurt us e-nuff but we got a clean up crew waiting its call perry & crew cleaning co.

    • Awe you’re poor…? SO GET OFF OF YOUR POOR ASS AND GET TO WORK!!!! That’s my problem with you group of people, you expect for the money to grow off the trees and that life is supposed to be a freaking fairy tale. But no…It’s not that baby! When are you going to wake up and take care of yourselves?!?!?!?!?!?! I make my money for me at the end of the day and that’s why i am a Republican. I don’t make my money to feed you poor people, so get a job!!!

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