Culture of hate and lack of respect permeating through society

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 58 Views   2 comments Sharecenter_img LocalNews Culture of hate and lack of respect permeating through society by: – April 19, 2012 Tweet Photo credit: bumperstickermagnet.comPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has spoken out against what he refers to as a ‘culture of hate’ and disrespect permeating through society.Mr. Skerrit who was a guest on the Next Level Radio Program on Tuesday evening said while everyone has a right which they can exercise; they must also consider that rights come with responsibilities.While he identified that there is a culture of hate, he said the difficulty lies in “getting rid of it”.Mr. Skerrit believes that there are too many citizens who are “not caring enough” who are disrespectful towards authority and do not set proper examples for the young people.“We have to start speaking about respect, we are lacking in respect for people, for ourselves, for each other, for our fellow classmates, for our family members, for our friends, for our co-workers. A society cannot maintain peace and law and order if people think that it is ok to disrespect authority. You have a responsibility to the state; whether you like the government or not, you have to respect the authority established”. Mr. Skerrit explained further that there has been an attack on the office of the president, prime minister and bishop among others, yet community activists and leaders have not condemned thisdisrespectful behavior.He believes that this lack of respect is also responsible for the increase in crime and violence.“It is the first time in our history people are attacking a president like that and then you don’t get these people condemning it and then we want to have people from all over the world come and tell us about how to fight crime; crime can be solved by ourselves”.The prime minister said respect must be instilled in citizens to prevent the culture of disrespect to dissipate. Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)“People walk on you these days they don’t say good morning or good afternoon to others at all. People believe that they can curse anybody; they can curse a priest, they can curse a school teacher, they can walk in and slap the teacher of the school, they can curse the police, they can do anything that they want because we have a culture in the society that promotes that level of disrespect”.He also called on parents to be careful what they say in the presence of children and to pray with them.“Some parents believe that it is so good to listen to talk shows first thing in the morning before their children go to school instead of kneeling down and praying with their children. They don’t pray with their children but they put on talk shows first thing in the morning; they don’t pray with their children anymore”.Mr. Skerrit also noted that there are too few “edifying and educational programs” and that citizens need to go to church.“The churches are empty, there is nothing edifying, nothing educational and then we talk about neighbourhood watch? We don’t need neighbourhood watch in the country we need respect”.“What we need is respect for each other and unless we bring back respect for each other we will be doing all sorts of things,” he concluded.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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