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Temporary injunction

Temporary injunction

Temporary injunction

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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Comments

5 Comments

  1. kyle miller says:

    Truth of the matter and reality is if the concert doesnt go through our young people will still listen to songs he sing if u want to stop it then stop the radio from playing them

  2. Gilberto says:

    Agreeing that this will happen. Why should it be encouraged and allowed when you know you can do better? You sound like a promoter and only think and worry about the money. What happened to the Family values? this is not about religion, its about moral values. And we are talking about influencing a whole nation of youth. Wake up Belize. I LOVE YOU.

  3. sally r says:

    Im in agreement with d church and i applaud their effort because its finally an act towards smtn good. Im not a church goer nor a saint. This matter is not about religion and doednt even have to be about morals, its about respect and the negative impact. I do agree with another commenter…take it out of the radio too!! Not only alkaline but all d vulgar artists. How in d world can music about demoralizing women can be any positive?? Youths frm age 5 knw abt alkaline and sing the vulgarity rather than knw the alphabet song….yet d public sees nothing wrong?? We expose our youths to vulgarity happily yet later we complain abt teenage pregnancy, abt poverty, abt domestic abuse…..we want to blame the govt n teachers n d world…..but its our fault!! With d mentaly dat one small act wont get ys anywhr is what actually doesnt get us anywhr!!! Everyone has the right to listen to what they want, just think about d impact! The fact artists are straight forward with their vulgarity doesnt make them any better nor one bit respectable individuals. Bottom line….thumbs up to the church and may our country one day rise from mental slavery and may one day the women in this country rise to demand respect!

  4. Andrea says:

    Thats is mean to make alkline live belize

  5. daniela says:

    Am in full agreement with the bishop but this where you have failed.It suppose to be christian schools youre running then from the start,you should have made it clear that any event as such that will involve worldy entertainment will not be carried out at any catholic institution.Due to which its God we’re serving thats how it should be,meaning you will be distinct, a peculiar type of people.Now trying to strike at the event as its one that portrays direct evil is impossible.we could avoid tregidy like this if you set Christian principles straight in our institution..

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