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Families of murder victims receive grief counseling

Family members of at least ten of the country's murder victims received grief counseling over the weekend, as a result of a joint initiative between the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), religious leaders and Urban Renewal.
On Saturday, the Grove Police Station held a seminar at St. Barnabas Church's Parish Hall, for families dealing with grief as a result of a tragic loss.
According to Head of the Grove Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Samuel Butler, a number of the country's 110 murders this year occurred in the Grove policing zone.
The victims are Jason Brown, Francisco Hanna, Oswald Hall, Harry Knowles, Allisant Olitime, Clayton Rolle-Smith, Jameko Jones, Francueir Etienne, Luigi Lockhart, Renaldo Apolean, Dereck Johnson, Tekoyo McKinney, Ernest Lacroix, Deslin Nicholas, Leontis Louis, Rocklyn Williams and Bradley Whitaker.
Butler told The Nassau Guardian that these victims' families, particularly their children are still struggling to cope.
"We wanted to do something more than just reaching out on the crime scene or perhaps following up at a funeral.  When we go back to visit these families, sometimes months later, we find that many of them are still grieving," said Butler.
"This seminar is about reaching out to the community and getting them back on track.  Many of these victims have left children.  We recognize that we cannot just allow the children to get lost in the system.  We want to make sure that they are included in some of our programs."
Butler said it's important that initiatives like this be carried out across The Bahamas.
"We think it is necessary to take this throughout the islands.  I don't want to see an angry community... I want to see a peaceful community and we will not have a peaceful community if people are still angry within."
Rector of St. Barnabas Church, Canon Basil Tynes agreed.  He guided the families through the process of grief.  Many family members broke down during the inner healing session, when they were asked to think about the most painful part of their loss.
"We want to make sure that people are able to understand what it is that they are going through.  We want them also to be able to move on from where they are.  They cannot remain angry and bitter," said Tynes.
"Anger can be expressed toward so many people, toward the person who died, the police, the church or even God.  So we are trying our best to begin the process of healing so that they can move forward."
Tynes said many retaliation killings occur because people do not deal with their grief.
"They have to strike back.  Anger and bitterness only complicates the problem that we are facing in our communities," he said.
The families of the murder victims also got their chance to share how the murders affected them.
Mother of Francisco Hanna, Denise Sands, said the seminar gave her a little relief.
I am still struggling to cope with my son's death.  Today [Saturday] marks 16 weeks since he's been gone and every time I think about the situation it hurts.  It is still hard for me to cope and I cannot sleep at night.  It hurts even more to know that the person who killed my son is still out there," said Sands.
Another man who did not want to be identified pleaded for the police to find his son's killer.
He said, "How can you expect us to have closure when the person is still out there?"

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Second commandment is an essential law

As young people were forced to go to church, Sunday School, youth meetings, evening song and every other spiritual occasion the church held, made many people close to God and His word. It was during those years that people could recite Bible verses and sing hymns flawlessly.  Now older members of society, who do not know the last time they darkened the church doors, many have trouble remembering even the simplest of biblical text -- much less their importance or relevance in today's world.  One such text that many are familiar with but probably consider just another one of life's guidelines is the 10 Commandments, which most people were able to recite by route as children, and today can't remember the order of the commandments, much less recite all 10 of these ancient laws which are just as relevant today as they were when they were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, and are as follows:
o I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; do not have any other gods before Me.
o You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.  For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
o You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
o Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
o Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
o You shall not murder.
o You shall not commit adultery.
o You shall not steal.
o You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
o You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
According to religious ministers like Canon Basil Tynes, rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, people are falling back into practices that are not pleasing to God.  He said this is especially true as it relates to the second commandment found in Exodus 20:4-6, "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.  For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments."
"One of the most important things you have to remember about the 10 Commandments that shows just how important they are is the fact that they were known as the decalogues -- the 10 words -- when they were first given.  In the traditional Jewish society those 10 words carried the weight of the death penalty should they be broken," says Canon Tynes.  "When Christians came into being in typical covenant style [the 10 Commandments] were meant to be the stipulations in the covenant which God's people were meant to agree to and adhere to for the duration of their existence on the earth.  As it regards the second commandment which speaks against worshipping idols in the early times this meant if anyone was found worshipping an idol or an image they were in contradiction with the law and put to death.  Everything was taken seriously.  And if you look at the church today you may say we have images in it but this is not the same thing."
Father Tynes says although God instructed that there were to be no worshipping of images it didn't mean that the Israelites did not create certain images and that in Exodus 25: 18-22, God instructed Moses to make the two cherubim to rest on the end of the mercy seat to point to the omnipresence and movement of God's power.  In Numbers 21: 7-9 Moses is ordered by God to make a bronze snake so that the people could look upon it and be saved. In the temple itself there were decorations like pomegranate branches but all these things that you would find in the Bible were created not as idols but as a means to point to the deeper reality of God's presence or power. He says that this is something that the modern church still does today.
The importance of the 10 Commandments have not and will not ever lose their relevance according to Pastor Sam Boodle, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Nassau. The second commandment he says in particular was an essential law in the times of the early Jews because the worship of idols were prevalent, but Lutherans consider the second commandment to be a part of the first commandment.
"The commandment speaking about the worship of idols is considered in the Lutheran Church as being a part of the first commandment in which there shall be no other gods before God.  However this second part is still very revelant and very important.  When it was originally given it was because there was a lot of idol worship in those times.  God was discouraging it and telling the people what is the right thing to be doing.  Today there is nothing  different. Many of us still worship idols in our own ways.  When we uplift our wives, houses, jobs or anything before God, we are making them into idols. But they are not equal to God for if you have to carry your god or protect it, then it really can't be much good to you. God wants us to always remember that He is the all-powerful one.  Nothing has changed about this commandment's importance from the old times to now.  God is still the one God and we as His people should be worshipping Him alone."
Bishop John Humes, overseer of the Church of God, says that Christian society's lax nature as it regards to following the second commandment is often causing many of us to be distracted from a true sense of worship.
"The second commandment says that we are not making unto ourselves any graven images to worship that resembles anything of, above, or below the Earth. The Bible is clear on how we should understand this commandment, but we still do not listen as well as we should. Today we can find that in many places of worship there are images and statues of biblical icons and this is something that the Bible speaks against.  These very images such as pictures that we put our focus on as we worship are not even real likenesses of the actual people since no one really knows what they did look like.:
Bishop Humes says it is not right to have such images or structures with the intention of them being there as an aid to people's imagination and visualization in the worship of their invisible but omnipotent God.
"This is something we do that is not pleasing to God because we are to have faith and just believe that He exists.  Having a structure as a representative of the Father or His son is just a distraction in worship.  What we imagine God to be like is a personal thing and we should be focusing on our relationship with Him and not the images we have created.  God should just be worshipped from our hearts and souls and not with our eyes."
Over the next nine weeks, The Nassau Guardian will engage a number of ministers of religion on the topic of the 10 Commandments, as they dissect each one and talk about the relevance of the Commandments to the twenty-first century society.

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Event
Captain Curry's Cookout At St. Barnabas Church

Saturday 5th November 2011  11:00 AM

Captain Curry's Cookout In aid of the medical expenses for Captain Henry Curry, a cookout will be held at St. Barnabas Church grounds, Blue Hill Rd & Wulff Rd, from 11 am - 5pm. Fish, steak, chicken and pork dinners. are $10. Call: Ms. Thompson at 361-6007 from 9 am - 3pm.


News Article
NEMA releases latest damage information

 In an effort to keep all residents informed about current situations in all the islands NEMA has compiled the following information

Mayagauna

The administrator that approximately 40 houses have received level 2 damages, inclusive of the Community of Betsy Bay, Pirate Wells and Abraham's Bay.

Concerns were also expressed to the Asst. Commissioner of Police John Ferguson in reference to 3 persons detained at Police Station

NEMA received reports that the church roof has been damaged.

The island has been without power since yesterday.
 
Crooked Island

The school in Colonel Hill has lost its roof and have also lost two classroom blocks. 
St. John's Baptist Church has also lost its roof.

Some of the buildings on the island have also lost roofs.

The iisland is still experiencing winds around 120mph.

 
Acklins

In Lovely Bay around 90% of the settlement is reportedly gone, damaged due to Irene.

House roofs and several homes have been blown away.

Power lines and trees are down and on the road.

The shelters population has increased.

Still experiencing winds in excess of 90-110mph winds.
 

Long Island

A number of homes and St. Paul's Anglican Church received roof damages 
The island is experiencing winds at 70mph

Administrator Mr. Jordan Ritchie reported that the main concern is the flooding in Clarence Town.

 
Exuma

Administrator Ferguson reported that the weather has been deteriorating and winds are now up to about 50 knts.

Water levels at Victoria Pond are rising

 
Eleuthera

Central Eleuthera experiencing gale force winds

BEC having difficulties with emergency generator

Following shelters are all open:  Rock Sound, Church Of God, Green Castle School, Whymms Bight Primary, Deep Creek Middle School, and Bannerman Town Library

Weather is deteriorating, persons in low-lying areas were asked to move to the various shelters or seek higher ground

 
New Providence

For the efficient use of shelters, persons planning to go to Epiphany Anglican Church, Prince Charles Drive, Church of God of Prophecy, Augusta and Patton Street, St.  John's Baptist  Cathedral, Meeting Street and Worker's House are being redirected to St. Barnabas Anglican  Church, Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church, Tonique William Darling Highway, the  Salvation Army Centre on Meadow Street
Disabled persons are being directed to the New Providence Community Church, Blake Road.

All other shelters (22 in total) are open
 
South Abaco

The shelter in Sandy Point is open

Shelters are now open on the islands of Cat Island, Exuma and cays.

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Doreen Thompson, 89

Last rites for Doreen Thompson, 89, of Duncombe Corpus , South Andros will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A. M. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Mars Bay, South Andros. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Michael Maragh assisted by Fr. Andrew Toppin. Interment in St. Barnabas Cemetery, Smith Coppice, South Andros.

She is survived by her Son: Richard Gibbs, adopted children Arabella Forbes, Joycelyn Wallace, Samuel Murray, Coralee Christie (deseased) Ashton Miller former commissioner of police.
Daughter-in-Law: Beryl Gibbs; Grand children: Sandra Beneby, Lashan, Devaughn, Ashley and Kadeem Gibbs , Kirkland & Dornell Forbes, Rochelle Thompson, Michelle and Zonoica Wallace, Debbie Coleby, ...

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It all depends on the context

When God sent down the 10 commandments with Moses on Mount Sinai it was done specifically to instruct His people on how to conduct themselves in their everyday relationships and duties. Serious biblical scholars would notice that the first few commandments in this list of spiritual laws found in Exodus 20 are dedicated solely to the treatment and honoring of God, and the remainder to treatment of your fellow man.  To ministers of the Word studying these rules is especially important to the believer who truly aims to improve their spiritual well-being.  They say an important key to mastering spiritual well-being is to not only know the 10 commandments but how to live by them daily. They are as follows:
o I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; do not have any other gods before Me.
o You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.  For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
o You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
o Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
o Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
o You shall not murder.
o You shall not commit adultery.
o You shall not steal.
o You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
o You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
The best way to jump-start your spiritual journey is knowing how to properly honor God, says a number of religious leaders. They say it is the one of the most important parts of being a Christian but many people neglect the commandments that help to guide them in their duty.
The third commandment found in Exodus 20:7, "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain," is one such guideline. It may seem like one of the most straightforward and unnecessary of the 10 Commandments, but religious leaders say this commandment is a powerful one that clearly promises unwavering punishment from the most high for those who go against it.  Even with this in mind many Christians may still not fully comprehend just what calling the Lord's name in vain means.
Canon Basil Tynes, rector at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, says understanding this commandment is not as literal as some Christians would think.
"What it means when you talk about the wrongful use of God's name has to do with witchcraft or using it for evil purposes. This is not referring at all to people who call out to God in distress as a kind of prayer or call for help.  I am talking about looking back at the original context in which it was meant. In the old days there was a lot of witchcraft and people practicing evil. God was commanding persons not to involve His name in their practices as His name is powerful and should not be used for evil. Even in saying this, a lot of people misunderstand what calling the name of God in vain means still. They think that just because someone calls out to God, "Oh Lord" that it is blasphemy -- it is not.  People need to understand that using His name for evil or other unsavory practices is what is wrong."
Using God's name for your own personal gain is also another means to dishonor the third commandment, says the priest.  He says using your religion, faith and God's name to get around life for free, or to pressure people to support you because they don't want to displease God is an example of misuse that he has witnessed throughout the years.  While it is okay to call on God for His assistance in your time of need, he says do not misuse His influence to force someone's hand.
On the other hand, although it may sound silly to some people that there should be a whole commandment dedicated to not using the Lord's name in vain, Pastor Daniel Simmons, pastor of Carmichael Bible Church, says it is an absolute necessity.
"It was necessary for God to make this specific commandment because as with all things that people are unfamiliar with, there will be misuse and abuse of it without proper guidance.  So while God does want you to know His name, He wants you to know how to use it and not use it as well.  But in order to understand what the third commandment means you need to understand what the name of God is in the first place be it Jesus, Christ, God ... Our Father," says Pastor Simmons.  "To say the name of God is to say the name above all names.  He is holy, righteous in all He does and He is the almighty.  What God meant when he stated that we should not use His name in vain is because His name is to be regarded as precious and it is not to be used frivolously.  This is not to say calling the Lord's name at all is out of the question, but it all depends on the context.  For instance, calling out to God by saying 'Oh Lord!' or 'Oh Christ!' when you are in a moment of distress and in need of His strength and guidance can be seen as a prayer.  Praying is always legitimate and good, but sometimes we use His name frivolously to joke or swear and this is not acceptable.  I remember that there was a man I had met a while ago who jokingly said 'Oh Christ, I don't eat no rice!' and while it was a joke it was not appropriate. God's name is powerful and you shouldn't play with it."
Taking the Lord's name in vain is one of the worst things a Christian can do, says Ann Higgins, co-pastor of Creative Christians Arts Ministries International.
"The third commandment where God commands people not to use His name in vain is very important.  He made a point to make this commandment because His name has power and to misuse it is a very bad thing.  There is healing in that name.  Demons flee at His name.  So when you are going to use it, you have to use that name with authority so that God will be glorified," said Pastor Higgins.  "You only use that name when you have authority.  If you don't have it then you are using it in vain.  It will have no effect and you are wasting your time. Demons are cast out in the name and the sick is healed in that name which means if you are not doing something to honor God and do His work when you are calling His name then you are using His name in vain."
Pastor Higgins says not just anyone can use the Lord's name without His authority and that it is a serious, powerful thing.  She says no matter what you do whenever the name of the Lord comes out of your mouth that you should ensure that it is to the glory of the Father.
 
Over the next eight weeks, The Nassau Guardian will engage a number of ministers of religion on the topic of the 10 Commandments, as they dissect each one and talk about the relevance of the Commandments to the twenty-first century society.

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John T. McCartney, 73

Funeral service for Dr. John T. McCartney, 73 yrs., a resident of Easton, Pennsylvania & formerly of Nassau, Bahamas, who died on 28th March, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill & Wulff Roads, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes, assisted by Fr. Enrique McCartney. Interment follows in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Left to cherish his memories and celebrate his life of passion and purpose are: Wife: Leona Janet McCartney; Son: Dr. John N. McCartney; Adopted Daughter: Anja MossSon in Law: Dwayne Moss; Sisters: Ellen Rosemary McCartney, Patricia Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Pauline Wallace- Saunders of Miramar, Florida; Brothers: Dr. James McCartney, Reginald McCartney of Brooklyn, New York, Wilfred McCartney; Lifelong Friends and Brothers: Mr. Lindop McPhee, Attorney Anthony Thompson and Mr. Nathanial Arthur; Nieces and Nephews: Tanya McCartney, Dr. Lisa Bazin (Hans), Dr. Christin Peterson (Keith), Bridgette and Jahan Johnson, Fr. Enrique McCartney (Brenda), Juan McCartney, Erica Murphy (Milton) of Dallas Texas, Khadeja Goz, Arkangelo and Essengo Goz of Tulsa Oklahoma, James Jr., Matthew and Dr. Francinia McCartney, Jereme Wallace ( Latasha) of Kentucky USA, Tiffany and Jenece Wallace, Melvin Jefferson and JoNell Saunders of Miramar Florida, Kwame McCartney (Kay) of Brooklyn New York, Patricia Farrington, Cindy Thompson, Cassandra Gordon, Marjorie Johnson, Gina Darville, Kim & Patrice Greene, Joan Delancey, Eugenie Ellis, Andronike Greene, Deborah Greene DeGourney, Angela Greene Sawyer, Shirley Greene, Hazel Chea, Helen Newbold, Patricia Burrows and Tera Rahming, John Neely, Raymond Rolle, Glen, Cleveland, John, Sterling, Wayde, Spencer, Ian, Al, Shawn, Ernest and Gregory Greene, Joseph Moxey, Rudy, Mark and Raymond Greene, Jere Bowe, Jeffrey, Jason, Eugene and Jomar Greene, Dr. Melvin Rahming and John "Money" Greene.Sisters in Law: Norma McCartney, Sheralyn McCartney, and Joan Bowe. Brothers in Law: Dr. John A. Johnson, Arkangelo Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Peter Saunders of Miramar, Florida. Cousins: Ena and Constance McCartney, Beulah Dean, Mrs. Brenda Carey of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Percilla King, Ronald, Kenneth, Kirk Freddie and Henry Jean McCartney, Norma - Lee Johnson and family, Bessie Mae Grant and family, Bryl Moss and family, Marilyn Munroe and family, Godfrey Major and Wilfred Major and James Major of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Burton Smith and Family, Gloria Smith and Family, James Edwin Smith and Family, Mrs. Gweneth Munnings, Mrs. Helen Smith, Mr. James, Archie and Lorenza Carey, Ms. Clementine Carey-Butler, Dr. Timothy McCartney, William and Clinton McCartney , Ann Cancino, Mavis Bowe, Cora Mae Major and Joan Adderley , Mr. Marcus Cooper, Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney, Charles and Maud McCartney, The children of the late Vivian Moss and The entire McCartney Family Association. Other Relatives and Friends: Sir. Arlington Butler, Mr. Charles Fawkes, Lionel and Wallis Carey, The Faculty and Staff of Lafayette College in particular the Government and Law Department, Dr. Rex Ahene, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, Mr. Paul Panto, The Faculty and Staff of the College of the Bahamas including Mr. Michael Stevenson, Dr. Ian Strachan, Jessica Minnis, Dr. Olivia Saunders. Fr. James Moultrie and the St. Matthews Anglican Parish staff, Shirley and Leo Woods, Miss. Nicey Brown, Mr. Malcolm Adderley, Mr. Arthur Hamilton, Mr. Peter Sturrup, Mrs. Esmerelda Rutherford, Mrs. Mary Johnson, The residents of Hepburn's Alley and Andros Avenue and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

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Breco Patrick Armbrister, 34

Funeral Service for Breco Patrick Armbrister, 34, a resident of Saunders Road, Rockchusher, who died on 1st February, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill & Wulff Roads, on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev'd Canon Basil Tynes, assisted by Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish his memories are his daughter: Brenique Armbrister; sisters: Yvette, Shanette, Adeisha & Trecie; brothers: Roscoe, Terrance, Marvin, Matthew (Pre-deceased); aunts: Isadora Lamm, Elizabeth Taylor, Marvain Nickey Johnson; uncles: Jeffrey Armbrister, Paul Armbrister, Timothy Coakley & Paul Lamm; grandmother: Car ...

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Remembering the contributions of two political giants

Dear Editor,
After the victory that ushered in majority rule, a concerted plan was set in motion to place one person at center stage and push all others off. That might have caused the early fracture in the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) after majority rule. That fracture has caused a distortion of the nation history; but if history is our guide, where do we go for guidance?
Let us go back to January 10, 1967. Now let us see where we are. We are at a juncture where the action of two outstanding patriots would change the course of history for this nation. In that election, with a 38-seat assembly, the two major political organizations were locked in an 18-seat tie. The others were won by the member for Saint Barnabas Randol F. Fawkes and the member for Saint John's Alvin R. Braynen. Those two members, one a former member of the United Bahamian Party (UBP) and the other a former member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), were at a crossroad in their political journeys. Fawkes could have walked into the sunset a wealthy man. He was offered millions, but refused to compromise. His faith has moved the mountain, he made this nation proud. But soon the system that he helped bring into being would have him ostracized.
Every Bahamian old enough to understand what was going on was wondering, what if? What would have happened if Braynen had returned to the UBP and Fawkes to the PLP? It would have changed to a 19-seat tie; and if they had remained true to their causes, it would have remained a standoff and an eventual return to the polls.
To go back to the polls would have posed a challenge for the under-funded PLP against the well-funded UBP who had seen the handwriting on the wall and was in a position to launch an all-out blitz against the under-funded PLP. With its war chest to capitalize on the vulnerability of a segment of the majority who were not yet convinced that we were ready to govern ourselves, the UBP could have won.
Now 45 years later, Fawkes and Braynen, whose actions prevented the preceding narrative from happening, have gone on into eternity without receiving their just rewards. We do not tell our story. But who will tell it if we do not tell it ourselves? It will be told. And when it is, Fawkes will be at center stage. A famous historian, Marcus Garvey, who was inspired by a great Bahamian, Dr. Robert Love, said that, "A people without knowledge of their history, is like a tree without roots".
A tree without roots will surely wither and die; so will a people without a connection deep into their past. Because so much of our history is hidden, our culture is slowly dying.
When we fail to teach our history we rob our people of the past and the knowledge of what was. For example, if a question is asked as to who was the first medical doctor to represent the constituency of Killarney, a majority might say Dr. Hubert Minis; but that answer would be incorrect. Killarney was represented by Dr. Elwood Donaldson in 1967. That was the year of majority rule.
- Prince G. Smith

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(Photos) Royal Bahamas Defence Force Annual Service

Nassau, Bahamas -

Minister of National Security he Hon. Tommy Turnquest

 

speaks
from the podium during the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Annual Church
Service March 18 at St. Barnabas Parish, Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads.
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes are seated at the
front.

Canon
Basil Tynes, rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, led the
Sermon

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