Family breakdown is the root cause of violent crime, West Indian churchmen tell government.

Left: 2010 Independence Day ceremony in St Kitts Cathedral

George Conger reports in CofE Newspaper:

Absent fathers and the breakdown of the family are the greatest threats to society in the West Indies and the root causes of crime, the leaders of the government of St. Kitts and Nevis were told at an Independence Day ceremony last week.

In an ecumenical ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of independence of the West Indian nation held at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Basseterre, the Rev. Christopher Archibald from the Anglican Church of St Kitts told the Governor General, the Prime Minister and cabinet, members of the opposition, judiciary and chiefs of the police and army, that the government’s legislative agenda for the coming session of parliament, “Strengthening families for positive nation building” was a worthy goal.

The family was under attack in St Kitts and Nevis, and across the Caribbean, Fr. Archibald told the assembled worthies on Sept 30. “We are experiencing serious threats to our family and family life and unity by both internal and external forces.”

He singled out North American culture with its emphasis on individualism and materialism, which had led to an increase in gang related activities, sexual promiscuity, drug abuse, crime, violence, truancy, delinquency and indiscipline.

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