June 24th, 2014

Guilty Silence, Indictable Ignorance or What?

by Clinton Chisholm
Guilty-Silence--Indictable-Ignorance-or-WhatEven non-lawyers know that though an accused person need not utter a word in her defence—since the burden of proof is almost always on the prosecution—that right to silence could be read as ‘guilty silence’. Before I expose the burden of this piece let me say that I have no degree in law or any of the sciences. In fact, I failed Biology at O’Levels. Confession aside then, it troubles me that amidst the ongoing…
June 22nd, 2014

Society’s Ethical Dilemma

by Clinton Chisholm
 Societys-Ethical-DilemmaWhether the sense of rightness and wrongness is the result of nature (thus innate), nurture (thus indoctrinated) or a bit of both one thing is sure almost everyone has this sense. When we meet someone who seems to lack this basic sense we say of that one “ratta nyam out fi im conchens” (roughly translated “[s]he lacks a conscience”). Even though we may not be consciously aware of it, every time we act we…
June 8th, 2014

Mr. Wickham’s Queries

by Clinton Chisholm
Mr-Wickhams-QueriesThough I am grateful for Mr. Wickham’s kind comment about my piece I need to point out that I was not involved in ‘contextualization’ but in a responsible reading of an ancient text, showing due regard for its varied contexts in a literary sense. By the way, though my view may not be shared by some Christians my understanding of reading a text ‘literally’ means taking each kind of literature at face value according to…
June 7th, 2014

Misreading the Bible

by Clinton Chisholm
Reading-The-Bible-ResponsiblyMr. Peter Wickham is a very educated man but he and even most Christians need to understand how to read an ancient text from a different cultural milieu to ours. I illustrate the need with Mr. Wickham’s (mis)reading of the issue of slavery in the Bible in his column in the Barbados Nation of May 25, 2014. Mr. Wickham charges that “Slavery is justified in both principle and practice throughout the Old and New Testament.”…
May 31st, 2014

Clarifying Human Rights

by Clinton Chisholm
human-rights All and sundry invoke the epithet ’human rights’ to justify all manner of strange demands or wishes but folk rarely appreciate the fundamental two-fold problem concerning human rights which lawyer and theologian Prof. John Warwick Montgomery describes as 1) defining human rights and 2) justifying human rights (see his 1986 book Human Rights & Human Dignity, pages 63-103). Philosophers Antony Flew and Alan Gewirth also wrestled somewhat with this two-fold problem in the Georgia Law…
May 23rd, 2014

The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the other AIDS Virus

by Clinton Chisholm
The-University-of-the-West-Indies-(UWI)-and-the-other-AIDS-Virus “The direct and indirect financial costs of sexually transmitted infections from both a personal and a Public Health or community viewpoint are of significance.” (Prof. Brendan Bain, Trinidadian, in his report to the Supreme Court in Belize, p.13) When a UWI group behaves the way Prof. Nigel Harris’ committee has behaved then it is just possible they are all afflicted with the other AIDS virus – Acquired INTEGRITY Deficiency Syndrome. I picked up this acronym…
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