Daily Archives: August 16, 2009

Sir John Stanley Goddard Passes

Fair Winds, Calm Seas for Sir John

Fair Winds, Calm Seas for Sir John

Our condolences to the family and many friends of Sir John Goddard, who passed early Saturday morning at the age of 78 after being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday evening.

For decades, Sir John was a driving force in the family-owned business Goddard Enterprises Limited and in other businesses and organisations. His leadership style could best be described as urging everyone to work together for the good of all – and he carried on that philosophy into public life and politics.

Sir-John-Stanley-Goddard BarbadosIn the past few years Sir John served as an independent Senator – and independent he was – refusing to ignore “balderdash” statements when the truth would much better serve the people of Barbados. He was one of only two Senators with the integrity and courage to ask questions about the GEMS hotels scandal and the lapdog annual reports by the Auditor General that were so devoid of detail as to be useless to anyone. He also attended the Public Accounts Committee and wasn’t shy about his observations there either.

You can read more about Sir John and his life’s work at The Barbados Advocate and The Nation.

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Murder Allegations Against Principal Of Barbados Corporation – Blackwater and Greystone use Barbados to support arms dealing & mercenary operations

“While the private military/security industry rejects the characterisation of their forces as mercenaries, Blackwater executives have turned the grey area in which they operate into a brand asset. The company has been quietly marketing its services to foreign governments and corporations through an off-shore affiliate, Greystone Ltd, registered in Barbados.”

… Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Shouldn’t Barbados feel at least morally responsible for the activities of corporations formed under our laws?

blackwater murderMurder, arms trafficking, shooting civilians, drunken mercenaries shooting each other.

All facilitated by the world of offshore corporations in Barbados.

Keltruth Blog has the story and the links: Blackwater Murder Allegations – Should Barbados be Concerned about Blackwater’s Off-Shore Affiliate Greystone

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Florida Principal, Teacher Face Jail For Praying In School, Student Banned From Speaking At Graduation “Because she’s a Christian and might say something religious”

Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer.

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“I have been defending religious freedom issues for 22 years, and I’ve never had to defend somebody who has been charged criminally for praying,” said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, the Orlando-based legal group that is defending the two school officials.

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“The defendants all admitted wrongdoing,” said Daniel Mach, director of litigation for (ACLU’s) freedom of religion program. “For example, the Pace High School teachers handbook asks teachers to ’embrace every opportunity to inculcate, by precept and example, the practice of every Christian virtue.’ “

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In January, the Santa Rosa County School District settled out of court with the ACLU, agreeing to several things, including a provision to bar all school employees from promoting or sponsoring prayers during school-sponsored events; holding school events at church venues when a secular alternative was available; or promoting their religious beliefs or attempting to convert students in class or during school-sponsored events.

Mr. Staver said the district also agreed to forbid senior class President Mary Allen from speaking at the school’s May 30 graduation ceremony on the chance that the young woman, a known Christian, might say something religious.

… read the full story at the Washington Times article School prayer charges stir protests

Something tells me the ACLU wouldn’t do very well in Barbados

no-prayerI lived and worked in the United States for a decade, in a small community in New Jersey and then in Brooklyn, but I will never understand the outright idiocy of the American courts in trying to regulate and curb every behaviour and opinion that some folks might find offensive. Part of being free is having the right to hold opinions and say things that some people might consider offensive.

Think about this folks… Can you imagine what would happen in Barbados if the court decided there should be no Christian prayers by anyone at any public function? That a student would be banned from speaking at a graduation ceremony because she is a known Christian and “might say something religious”?

Many of our youths aspire to go to the United States for a variety of reasons, most of them good. As people who have “been there, done that”, Shona and I know that life in the USA is quite different from life in Barbados – and not every difference is an improvement over living near, for instance, Grape Hall.

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