On Friday, May 26, I happened to turn on the radio and caught a voice of authority, knowledge and conviction speaking on a talk show. Ms Renee Webb was sharing her convictions about the bill that she had placed on the floor of the House.

I was impressed beyond words at her elucidation, her eloquence, the depth of her knowledge, and the honesty of her intent. I could not believe my ears, when it was indicated that among her party, the “governing body” of Bermuda, she stood alone; and no one from the other side of the House even bothered to acknowledge the bill. Do the parliamentarians have any inkling of what they have done to thwart the building up of a more wholesome society in Bermuda — a society in which justice stands supreme in our political environment? How is either political party going to be able to convince all Bermudians in the future that each is working to establish the human rights of every individual?

Julian Hall’s comments in the Friday newspaper need to be copied, framed and placed in the buildings of every agency that assumes an unbridled right to ignore the needs of the citizens of this land.

He was bold enough to speak out on that of which he seems knowledgeable. What Julian Hall knows is probably common knowledge among most Bermudians — black, Caucasian and other.

If the religious persons who attended the debate were there to simply watch democracy in action, then “they had not sinned”, But if they were there to intimidate the Members of Parliament, now “they have no cloak for their sin.” In this light they have caused irreparable damage to the Body of Christ. Therefore the Church in Bermuda is in crisis. The segment of society for which Ms Webb was fighting is a product of our Creator. God loves everything that he has made, even those that we think are different from ourselves. I am sure God is saddened when He has to be reviewing daily the sins and gross negligence of all of us, and I am sure that the hardened hearts of puritanical clergy must grieve him most.

What we have done is pushed into some sort of limbo all of our brothers and sisters, literally and spiritually, who need more than ever to be embraced by loving, compassionate, and accepting arms, and to be made to feel that they are a part of this God-given society of which we take pride in claiming as our heritage.

Now I am left with two pictures — first, of a disenfranchised segment of the population and second, of a House of Parliament with thirty four members who are accused of cowering under the gaze of men of the cloth.

We are in crisis.