I gotta say, I was shocked to read the RG article today about Minister Butterfield complaining (and threatening a boycott of) about the AME Church not providing her and Deputy Premeir Burgess and Attorney General Scott ‘preferred seating’ at the front of the Church. A clear sub-text in the article is that the Govenment representatives felt particularly slighted because they were offered seats behind the Opposition Leader, Mr. Swan.
Minister Butterfield apparently went of on a tirade about Churches needing to learn Government protocol and invoking the Queen of England and US Government representatives to ask if they would have suffered the same apparent indignity. The Church itself apparently has hitherto had a policy that all people are VIPs in the face of God and there is no preferred seating arrangements, with seating apparently being based on time of arrival than anything else.
It’s incidents like this that show how decadent and elitist the party has now become. It is so far out of touch with the grassroots or a sense of humility that it is almost unbelievable that they are complaining over such percieved slights. The Party has no shame it would appear, and definitely seems to think that, in the eyes of God, they are VIPs in need of special treatment more than other members of the congregation. The attempt to invoke foreign dignitaries and ask how they would have been treated is irrelevant. If the policy of the Church had been that no one is more important in the eyes of God, then that is the policy.
Minister Butterfield should issue an immediate apology to the AME Church and the other Ministers involved (Messers Burgess and Scott) should publicly distance themselves from this affair. I cannot say that the sentiments expressed by Minister Butterfield are that of the Party (in the sense of its public face), but unless the Party publicly rebukes her and her apparent fellow petty Minister, that will remain the perception. I am not a Christian, this is true, but for party members, and high-ranking ones at that, to articulate such elitism as to imply they are somehow bigger than Jesus (to be poetic) is the height of decadence.
Apologise now or face the consequences of the public’s and grassroot’s wrath at your peril, is all I can say.