I really thought we were done with rallies for a least another four years. But then I heard about the Vote Yes rally and all I could do was
shake my head; another big party, with music, alcohol and nonsensical speeches trying to convince Bahamians to do something that may/may not be in their best interest.
I don’t support rallies because I think they’re designed to get people to make decisions based on emotions and incomplete or completely inaccurate information. So naturally I did not attend or watch the rally, in fact, I even forgot it was taking place.
I didn’t recall it until I logged on to Facebook and had a serious WTF moment;
“Wtf Man, They really dropping money out of a helicopter !?! No Man!
Obviously, things were worst than I thought. I don’t think the money drop ever happened, but I know it was a very real rumor that some people believed, kinda like the Tina Turner rumor during the general election rallies.
The Facebook Reaction
The reactions that I saw on FB were generally not favorable to the Rally. There were many comments about what happened at the rally, how more people were expected, and about how certain performers/presenters behaved. Apparently a guy in costume “dutty whining” on stage with kids present really offended some people.
But the most negative comments by far were dedicated to the pastors who everyone agrees have sold out. Bishop Simeon Hall was widely ridiculed for making this statement,
“I aint ga tell anyone how to vote, but when you go to the polls, vote yes.”
The Reaction of The Clergy
Although the reaction to the rally was bad on FB I didn’t really think much of it. But two experiences made me wonder if that rally did more harm than good to the Vote Yes cause.
I attended a funeral on Saturday, where the pastor was so incensed that he spoke about Gambling. At A Funeral. Think about that.
But not only did he speak about it, he came out and in no uncertain terms called the pastors that spoke or support the Vote Yes campaign charlatans and false prophets.
Then I visited a church this morning and the pastor called names. Seriously, he called each pastors by name; Hall, Mcphee and Minis and said they were false prophets am
Lets put this into perspective. From my knowledge pastors generally shy away from criticizing each other publicly Something to do with touch not GOD’s anointed or Leaving the judgement up to God etc. For example, I don’t recall any clergy coming out and condemning Randy Frazer who was sentenced for child molestation.
But here in two separate incidents are two pastors calling out these pastors by name and condemning them publicly Add that to the backlash I saw on FB and I am coming to the conclusion that the rally had a negative impact. I think it invigorated pastors and disgusted a lot of people.
But that’s just me, what do you think?
What did your pastor preach about Sunday morning and what is the sentiment of your friends?
let me know in the comments
– Straight Talk