Social Dysfunction

I found this name tag on the beach. Apparently a group of youth had a class trip to the beach for a fun day full of activities. Here are my observations of this name tag:

  • It is not apparent whether the name is male or female.
  • I think that the pronunciation is Kiley. It reminds me of the woman who named her child La-A, pronounced LaDasha
  • Team sports is a good aim. Obesity among children is rampant on this tropical isle where peas 'n rice is a staple, a cultural icon and comfort food.
  • Crafts and Archery are also admirable.

Then we come to the Bible as an activity. All of the other activities are sports or movement or creative. The Bible as an activity sticks out like a sore thumb.

One must remember that these isles are a Third World country. There is developmental impairment. When you divide the number of AIDS and HIV cases by the population, you get one in every 33 suffering from this infliction. Seventy-five percent of the families are single-mother households with multiple children by multiple partners. Rarely do the mothers get child support.

Gambling is illegal, yet even police frequent the ubiquitous numbers houses. Corruption is endemic. Incest and sex crimes are off the register. And there is a church on every corner. The pastors drive Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Jaguars, and one "Bishop" Neil Ellis of Mount Tabor has a private jet. This is in a third world country.

So you have to excuse my cynical comments when I see the Bible as an activity. It is just another way of unempowering the poor masses. When 1,500 workers were let go from the largest hotel complex on the island, the religious leaders told their congregrations that they fully expected 10% tithes from the lay-off packages, even though the poor workers faced dismal job prospects with the downturn in the economy.

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