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THE EDITOR: I just read Pastor Winston Cuffie's commentary, Anti-War Hypocrisy.
I spent time in Trinidad a few years ago aboard my sailboat and since then have always kept in contact by reading Newsday online every day.
I also read other newspapers from around the world via computer.
assessment of the US involvement in Iraq is the fairest and most rational one I have seen.
Most commentaries support bombing the country back into the stone age or in demanding total withdrawal in order to allow Saddam to continue his
killing and terrorism on his
I am neither a war monger nor a pacifist but, like Pastor Cuffie
, there comes a time when certain actions must be taken in order to protect the long-term well being of a people.
Thank you sir, for your speaking out on this important subject.
Sound sentiments by Pastor Cuffie
THE EDITOR: I wish to record my agreement with the sentiments expressed by your writer, Pastor Dr Winston Cuffie, on "The Role of Religion in Our Schools" (21-6-03).
In that particular column, Pastor Cuffie
recounted excerpts of an address on the said theme, which he
had delivered to school principals and supervisors, in response to an invitation from the Education Ministry.
Having spent a number of years in the United Kingdom and worked on several educational and social programmes involving a few other "developing" countries, it is my deep conviction that religion does have a vital role to play (as the Pastor advanced) in the essential character development of a child.
I've always found it rather difficult to resonate with views that insist on the contrary.
My convictions have cost me a few friends along the way, but I remain unconvinced otherwise.
The US provides an awful quota of evidence depicting the regrettable consequences of instigating, among children, a contemptuous attitude towards God.
did present a beautifully structured case of the value of religion in our institutes of learning.
addressed the subject from a practical, but quite profound basis, producing compelling insights on realities of the impact of religion on human behaviour and personality development.
There is hardly any reasonable way that one can challenge the soundness of his
argument, as to the invaluable contribution of religion in dealing with critical issues such as anger management, self-esteem, self-discipline, conflict resolution, coping skills, identity crisis and teen depression.
I had read "Pentecostal Perspective" on some occasions and had looked at Pastor Cuffie on television.
Although I was not into church, I felt basically impressed with his
came out to preach.
I was expecting some kind of sermon on hell, fire and brimstone but his
topic was "Miracle in the Mind.