The opening sentence of today’s lead story in The Gleaner read, “The Cabinet is to discuss the issue of Sunday racing within a matter of weeks.” The church is, apparently, trying to get the new People’s National Party (PNP) administration to review the allowance of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) to host meets on the day they have selected for “rest and worship”. Ha ha ha!
I find it absolutely ridiculous that the church’s opinion on the matter should even be seriously considered. Nobody is forcing Christians to come out and gamble on Sundays. Jamaica isn’t notorious for respecting individual choices and preferences but even with our little regard for rights, such a matter is 1-2-3: let he who is willing to gamble his own money cast his own lot on any day he pleases. When last I checked we are all individuals and those of legal gambling age are generally capable of making their own decisions.
I don’t believe in the moral authority of any religious group over the laws of a nation, especially one that professes diversity: “Out of Many, One People”. Quite frankly, I believe that these church leaders are ensuring that they maximise on offering collection by trying to make church the only permitted social activity on Sundays.
To Rowan Edwards and his fellow leaders: You can’t beat ’em so join ’em. I suggest you consider investing in CTL to recover your share of the nearly $20 million that changed hands yesterday.