Saturday, September 20, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: At 10 am today in the Supreme Court, an inter-parties hearing will take place between unusual opponents: Roman Catholic Bishop of Belize Monsignor Dorrick Wright and Jamaican dancehall star and journalism student Earlan Bartley, 20, also known as “Alkaline.”
Alkaline is in Belize to perform concerts in San Ignacio and Dangriga as well as a pool party over the Independence holiday weekend as part of his “Live Life Tour.”
But the Cayo event is scheduled for the Sacred Heart College Auditorium, which was rented out by school management.
An angry Bishop Wright fired off a press release today, scolding the school for providing the venue to a performer who he says has been harshly criticized by his own peers for an act which can feature satanic symbols, and glorifies immorality.
He argues that “this event presents a grave moral danger to the socially fragile and impressionable youth of the college and those from all over Belize who will attend.”
Having been banned in some Caribbean islands, he should not be welcome here, the Bishop said, adding that he pleaded with parents of concert-goers not to allow their children to attend, lest they be negatively impacted by his performance.
Late on Friday evening, Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel temporarily granted the injunction pending the rare Saturday hearing.
Reached for comment this evening, promoter Martin Castillo says they will fight to keep the concert at the venue as the school signed written contracts for the rent of the venue.
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