Toxic! Our politics has become our religion — Pastor Skelton Cline
Political commentator and clergyman, Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline, has raised concern about what he described as the toxic political environment that has developed in the British Virgin Islands.
“Our politics has become our religion and it’s creating a level of antagonism and downright hatred, and disrespect and disregard,” Skelton-Cline said on the Honestly Speaking radio show recently.
According to Skelton Cline, “our politics and our faith are conflated into a toxic stew that is eroding the moral fabric of our society, at an accelerated pace.”
Political discussions have been marked by heated protests and division in recent times. The latest of these discussions surround the fact that many residents are strongly against the government’s inclination to pay exorbitant legal fees for House Speaker, Julian Willock, after a court determined he was liable following an aborted injunction.
Amid these developments, Skelton-Cline said he continues to remain deeply concerned about Virgin Islanders and where they are as a people.
He further urged caution in hopes of stemming the proverbial tide.
“We exist because our fore-parents resisted,” Skelton-Cline said. “Every generation must understand what they stand for and what they must stand and resist against.”
He continued: “It is our time to do what we must to hand off this baton to our children and grandchildren that leaves this people and this place in a more healthy position than how we have met it.”