Al Miller should go into ex­ile

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: I HAVE long learnt that even the devil can cite scrip­tures for his pur­pose. So, I am un­moved by the Rev Al Miller’s ar­ti­cle in The Gleaner (‘Matthew speaks! Can we hear his voice?’, Oc­to­ber 6, 2016).

Don’t get me wrong. I am not say­ing that Rev Miller is a devil. How­ever, hav­ing been crim­i­nally charged and con­victed, not once, but twice, in five years, with both judges as­sert­ing that the pas­tor was less than truth­ful in giv­ing ev­i­dence, I have dif­fi­culty be­liev­ing the words of the rev­erend with­out be­ing able to prove it for my­self.

Fol­low­ing his lat­est con­vic­tion, Rev Miller held a ‘press con­fer­ence in re­verse’, leav­ing ev­ery­one who was look­ing for­ward to him bring­ing clar­ity to a num­ber of grey ar­eas sur­round­ing the Driv­ing Miss Dudus saga more dis­com­bob­u­lated than be­fore.

His at­tempt to hide be­hind the cloak of con­fi­den­tially is, at best, ridicu­lous, es­pe­cially since he is in­sin­u­at­ing that he was be­trayed. Non­sense! He, of all per­sons, should un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate that ‘the only thing nec­es­sary for the tri­umph of evil is that good men do (say) noth­ing’. Equally, I am not say­ing that the rev­erend is a good man. I am sim­ply in­dif­fer­ent to­wards him.

Since the rev­erend is in the business of dis­pens­ing be­havioural ad­vice, I doubt if he would be re­sis­tant to re­ceiv­ing some. Un­der his cur­rent cir­cum­stance, he is ob­li­gated to ef­fect a self-im­posed ex­ile from the reli­gious so­ci­ety to con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive in­tro­spec­tion and assess­ment of the type of reli­gious lead­er­ship he wants to pro­vide the na­tion. At present, his brand of lead­er­ship seems delu­sional. ROBERT SI­LENCE theag­i­ta­tor72@gmail.com

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